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2012-12-31 04:06:54 PM  
I can hold my breath for a long time.
 
2012-12-31 04:07:44 PM  

had98c: The All-Powerful Atheismo: had98c: The All-Powerful Atheismo: you all suck:

"If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.

My second favorite book of all time. Not a bad choice.

you don't suck.

The only book I like more than Cat's Cradle has this as a final line: "For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate."


I like you.
 
2012-12-31 04:23:29 PM  
I never wanted to see my spouse suffer pain, or have to work so hard to get around, or watch her struggle to see.

I never wanted to see her make a decision no human should ever have to make, a decision to sacrifice her ability to walk in exchange for staying alive.

I never imagined seeing her so compromised.

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I also never thought I would see her so strong.

She's the hero.
 
2012-12-31 04:26:09 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The greatest last lines in literature

FTFY Subby, Garp was crap.


As was The "Great" Gatsby.
 
2012-12-31 04:27:34 PM  
This is another times. Father chained me tight. I hurt because he beat me. This time I hit the stick out of his hands and made noise. He went away and his face was white. He ran out of my bed place and locked the door.

I am not so glad. All day it is cold in here. The chain comes slow out of the wall. And I have a bad anger
with mother and father. I will show them. I will do what I did that once.

I will screech and laugh loud. I will run on the walls. Last I will hang head down by all my legs and laugh
and drip green all over until they are sorry they didn't be nice to me.

If they try to beat me again Ill hurt them. I will.
 
2012-12-31 04:44:50 PM  

tblax: Cuthbert Allgood: Anderson's Pooper: WippitGuud: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.

t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.

KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

Second try -

Ka is a wheel. It continues to turn as does the tale. I thought it was an appropriate ending.

//this time with the Horn of Eld

So, do you think Roland only has to complete the cycle one last time? I like that possibility much more than him being cowboy Sisyphus and doing it for all eternity.

I remember actually shouting when I realized what was on the other side of the door, shortly before he gets pulled through. Will there ever be anything else on the other side?


I'd like to think so. Roland deserves to finish it.

//but King warned us not to read any further.
 
2012-12-31 04:58:40 PM  
"And on far-off Earth, Dr. Carlisle Perera had as yet told no one how he had wakened from a restless sleep with the message from his subconscious still echoing in his brain: The Ramans do everything in threes."
 
2012-12-31 05:23:10 PM  

Cuthbert Allgood: tblax: Cuthbert Allgood: Anderson's Pooper: WippitGuud: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.

t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.

KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

Second try -

Ka is a wheel. It continues to turn as does the tale. I thought it was an appropriate ending.

//this time with the Horn of Eld

So, do you think Roland only has to complete the cycle one last time? I like that possibility much more than him being cowboy Sisyphus and doing it for all eternity.

I remember actually shouting when I realized what was on the other side of the door, shortly before he gets pulled through. Will there ever be anything else on the other side?

I'd like to think so. Roland deserves to finish it.

//but King warned us not to read any further.


I'd like to think that one day it will be a world where instead of starting with chasing Walter as an older man, he goes to Hambry as a young man, but not because of Marten/Walter, he meets Susan, and he returns with her to Gilead to assume his role as dinh of Gilead later in life
 
2012-12-31 05:38:16 PM  
"But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas."
 
2012-12-31 06:24:50 PM  

suburbanguy: What book have YOU written that trumps someone else's opinion? He doesn't have to write his own book to have an opinion-he only has to read Garp.


I actually didn't say that did I? Which means that you have poor reading comprehension -therefore YOUR opinion is actually not relevant.

I'm sure you're one of those many gourmands that love McDonald's too. That stupid French place down the road doesn't even have fries.
 
2012-12-31 06:35:25 PM  
Older Norman: [narrating] "Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters." Ugh.
 
2012-12-31 06:52:24 PM  
"Oh, Jake," Brett said, "we could have had such a damned good time together." Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. "Yes," I said. "Isn't it pretty to think so?"

Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
 
2012-12-31 07:08:15 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: suburbanguy: What book have YOU written that trumps someone else's opinion? He doesn't have to write his own book to have an opinion-he only has to read Garp.

I actually didn't say that did I? Which means that you have poor reading comprehension -therefore YOUR opinion is actually not relevant.

I'm sure you're one of those many gourmands that love McDonald's too. That stupid French place down the road doesn't even have fries.


No, I don't love McDonalds. But I also don't need to own a restaurant to have an opinion about the French restaurant down the street. I only have to eat there. Stop being facetious.
 
2012-12-31 07:10:34 PM  
Reader, I married him. Ok, not a last line, but damn, the triumph in that.

I loved the Carl Sagan one from Demon Haunted World - and the To Kill a Mockingbird one too. But the last line of 1984 always, always chills me.
 
2012-12-31 07:27:03 PM  

Sketch Artist: Stunned not to see Black Beauty mentioned. Made me bawl my eyes out as a 9 year old.

'Willie always speaks to me when he can, and treats me as his special friend. My ladies have promised that I shall never be sold, and so I have nothing to fear; and here my story ends. My troubles are all over, and I am at home; and often before I am quite awake, I fancy I am still in the orchard at Birtwick, standing with my old friends under the apple-trees.'


"And truly, she was my friend Flicka." *sob*
 
2012-12-31 07:29:15 PM  

Wulfman: Diary of Anne Frank. I don't want to give away the ending so I'm not quoting it.


Like any of us can read Braille
 
2012-12-31 08:15:17 PM  
"Somewhere in the gray wood near the river is the huntsman, and in the brooming corn, and in the castellated press of cities.  His work lies all wheres and his hounds tire not.  I have seen them in a dream, slaverous and wild and their eyes crazed with ravening for souls in this world.  Fly them."
 
2012-12-31 08:24:35 PM  
"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided. "
 
2012-12-31 08:37:22 PM  
"I've done you before, haven't I?"
 
2012-12-31 08:41:22 PM  

Adebisi: "I've done you before, haven't I?"


you're a complete knee-biter.
 
2012-12-31 08:54:23 PM  

skrat211: I never wanted to see my spouse suffer pain, or have to work so hard to get around, or watch her struggle to see.

I never wanted to see her make a decision no human should ever have to make, a decision to sacrifice her ability to walk in exchange for staying alive.

I never imagined seeing her so compromised.

[www.marcottephotography.com image 373x500]

I also never thought I would see her so strong.

She's the hero.


Please, what's the last word on the tat? It's not legible.
 
2012-12-31 10:00:52 PM  

suburbanguy: No, I don't love McDonalds. But I also don't need to own a restaurant to have an opinion about the French restaurant down the street. I only have to eat there. Stop being facetious.


It's not about owning -consider what was originally said and the context thereof.

This is a post in celebration of last lines. I've offered a few last lines and most people offer last lines of  books that matter to them. To read:

 Garp was crap.

With no explanation other than we are supposed to deem his shared opinion as the epiphany of John Irving's work -then it begs that perhaps he ought to add a little bit more explanation for his "highly esteemed" opinion.

It's kind of like the new version of Little League. You know -the one where everyone gets a trophy even if they come in last place. He has done nothing to earn in our (the readers) trust in his seemingly unwarranted assessment. His opinion is terse, without explanation and vapid but in your opinion -is still worthy of that last place trophy. Sure, everyone has an opinion. But without explanation there is no merit. It's crap -ha ha I get it. Crap as in worthy of the toilet... funny, sure -he gets a trophy.


So the only other explanation -given that he didn't criticize the characterization or the anti-matriarchal theme -is that he is a closet artist. He is waiting to release his Magnum Opus on us. We are just unwittingly too impatient to realize the genius of his assessment. His trophy is coming... it will be upon us when others realize his talent and publish his work. I can't wait.
 
2012-12-31 10:28:02 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: suburbanguy: No, I don't love McDonalds. But I also don't need to own a restaurant to have an opinion about the French restaurant down the street. I only have to eat there. Stop being facetious.

It's not about owning -consider what was originally said and the context thereof.

This is a post in celebration of last lines. I've offered a few last lines and most people offer last lines of  books that matter to them. To read:

 Garp was crap.

With no explanation other than we are supposed to deem his shared opinion as the epiphany of John Irving's work -then it begs that perhaps he ought to add a little bit more explanation for his "highly esteemed" opinion.

It's kind of like the new version of Little League. You know -the one where everyone gets a trophy even if they come in last place. He has done nothing to earn in our (the readers) trust in his seemingly unwarranted assessment. His opinion is terse, without explanation and vapid but in your opinion -is still worthy of that last place trophy. Sure, everyone has an opinion. But without explanation there is no merit. It's crap -ha ha I get it. Crap as in worthy of the toilet... funny, sure -he gets a trophy.


So the only other explanation -given that he didn't criticize the characterization or the anti-matriarchal theme -is that he is a closet artist. He is waiting to release his Magnum Opus on us. We are just unwittingly too impatient to realize the genius of his assessment. His trophy is coming... it will be upon us when others realize his talent and publish his work. I can't wait.


You never asked him to expand on his opinion. You asked him what he had written. It implied that unless he had written his own book, his opinion didn't matter. You could have asked him to explain. You didn't. You were a condescending prick. I'll make a statement for you. "Dark Knight is a stupid movie.". Guess what-I've never made a movie. I could expand on that, but I don't HAVE to. It's a statement I'm free to make. You can agree or not. But the fact that I haven't written my own movie, and that I haven't paired my statement with a 3 paragraph essay doesn't make it any less valid. Its the opinion that I'm entitled to. It doesn't make it wrong. Stop being a prick because he doesn't like your favorite book.
 
2012-12-31 10:32:43 PM  

suburbanguy: You never asked him to expand on his opinion. You asked him what he had written. It implied that unless he had written his own book, his opinion didn't matter. You could have asked him to explain. You didn't. You were a condescending prick. I'll make a statement for you. "Dark Knight is a stupid movie.". Guess what-I've never made a movie. I could expand on that, but I don't HAVE to. It's a statement I'm free to make. You can agree or not. But the fact that I haven't written my own movie, and that I haven't paired my statement with a 3 paragraph essay doesn't make it any less valid. Its the opinion that I'm entitled to. It doesn't make it wrong. Stop being a prick because he doesn't like your favorite book.


I already explained this. I don't have to explain anything because the pretension of "great opinion" are there . You don't read very well.

Ergo, you win.
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2012-12-31 10:37:40 PM  

Fano: Wulfman: Diary of Anne Frank. I don't want to give away the ending so I'm not quoting it.


"Hold on. There's someone at the door?"
 
2012-12-31 10:51:17 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: suburbanguy: You never asked him to expand on his opinion. You asked him what he had written. It implied that unless he had written his own book, his opinion didn't matter. You could have asked him to explain. You didn't. You were a condescending prick. I'll make a statement for you. "Dark Knight is a stupid movie.". Guess what-I've never made a movie. I could expand on that, but I don't HAVE to. It's a statement I'm free to make. You can agree or not. But the fact that I haven't written my own movie, and that I haven't paired my statement with a 3 paragraph essay doesn't make it any less valid. Its the opinion that I'm entitled to. It doesn't make it wrong. Stop being a prick because he doesn't like your favorite book.

I already explained this. I don't have to explain anything because the pretension of "great opinion" are there . You don't read very well.

Ergo, you win.
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Then shut up.
 
2012-12-31 10:56:02 PM  

suburbanguy: Then shut up.


That's not part of the deal. Everyone's opinion matters -right?
 
2012-12-31 11:06:32 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: suburbanguy: Then shut up.

That's not part of the deal. Everyone's opinion matters -right?


I never once implied that everyone wins. He had an opinion. You implied it wasn't valid because he hadn't written a book. Frankly, you were just an arse.

But that's neither here nor there. You conceded my victory. I won. You lost. Shut up.
 
2012-12-31 11:08:59 PM  
..and above one of the doors covered by red velvet drapes in Harry's is a sign and on the sign in letters that match the drapes' color are the words THIS IS NOT AN EXIT.
-American Psycho,
 
2012-12-31 11:18:05 PM  

suburbanguy: But that's neither here nor there. You conceded my victory. I won. You lost. Shut up.


You have a very poor reading comprehension level. I gave you a trophy. Now you feel special -it doesn't mean that you are right or wrong or anything. In fact if you actually read my post -you came in second but still get a trophy because your opinion matters and you are special.

It has no bearing on whether or not you are "right". In fact you are wrong and arguing merely for arguments sake. So enjoy your trophy, everyone gets one.
 
2012-12-31 11:36:55 PM  
P.S.
Sorry I forgot to give you the mayonnaise.
-Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America
 
2012-12-31 11:57:41 PM  
What miracle is this? This giant tree.
It stands ten thousand feet high
But doesn't reach the ground. Still it stands.
Its roots must hold the sky.

-House of Leaves
 
2013-01-01 01:19:47 AM  

Anderson's Pooper: Fano: Wulfman: Diary of Anne Frank. I don't want to give away the ending so I'm not quoting it.

"Hold on. There's someone at the door?"


Sure, I'd LOVE a shower!

/One please.
 
2013-01-01 02:07:09 AM  
"Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth."
 
2013-01-01 05:40:19 AM  

skrat211: A Terrible Human: I felt like a monster reincarnation of Horatio Alger...a man on the move, and just sick enough to be totally confident.

Fear and Loathing by Thompson! One of my all-time favorites!


Hehe it's favorite of mine also.
 
2013-01-01 06:01:48 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: suburbanguy: But that's neither here nor there. You conceded my victory. I won. You lost. Shut up.

You have a very poor reading comprehension level. I gave you a trophy. Now you feel special -it doesn't mean that you are right or wrong or anything. In fact if you actually read my post -you came in second but still get a trophy because your opinion matters and you are special.

It has no bearing on whether or not you are "right". In fact you are wrong and arguing merely for arguments sake. So enjoy your trophy, everyone gets one.


I am going to guess that becausepeopleinpowerarestupid doesn't have many friends.
 
2013-01-01 01:15:03 PM  

KrispyKritter: skrat211: I never wanted to see my spouse suffer pain, or have to work so hard to get around, or watch her struggle to see.

I never wanted to see her make a decision no human should ever have to make, a decision to sacrifice her ability to walk in exchange for staying alive.

I never imagined seeing her so compromised.

[www.marcottephotography.com image 373x500]

I also never thought I would see her so strong.

She's the hero.

Please, what's the last word on the tat? It's not legible.


People with few choices are survivors. People with no choice are heroes.

I wrote a book called "You Mean, Besides the Cancer" as a tribute to my wife after she underwent a surgery called a 'sacrectomy', the removal of the sacrum (replaced with titanium rods) to save her life.
 
2013-01-01 11:36:25 PM  
"Preem Palver, First Speaker"

Blew my mind when I was 12
 
2013-01-02 11:41:36 AM  
"The biatch is dead now."
 
2013-01-03 08:08:34 AM  
"The End."
 
2013-01-03 03:11:37 PM  
"Last Post"
 
2013-01-03 03:22:16 PM  
Eeeeeee-buh-dee-buh-dee-buh-That's all Folks!
 
2013-01-03 04:07:40 PM  
Tom's most well now, and got his bullet around his neck on a watch-guard for a watch, and is always seeing what time it is, and so there ain't nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I'd a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn't a tackled it, and ain't a-going to no more. But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.

THE END. YOURS TRULY, HUCK FINN.
 
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