Sex and the Brain by Jo Durden-Smith and Diane de Simone

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What a distinguished career in the social sciences!

 

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Ha ha ha this book is absolute bollocks!

 

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[For Jack, Joan and Adele, a father and two mothers; and for Lewis Mumford, the father of us all], we apologize for growing up such idiot fools.

 

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[PART TWO, THE BRAIN] LOST: Brains of both authors of this book.

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[They will concern and fascinate every thinking man and woman…] who will then throw it in the rubbish bin.

Look how out of date is this book!

 

Speed Reading by Tony Buzan

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Dear Cecely

I’m sorry, I was wrong.

I’m keen that you understand I didn’t lie. I wanted to get back together. But recently I’ve thought and it’s clear I was wrong. I know you feel I’ve misused your trust, but that’s exactly what I don’t want. I hope you can forgive me and I hope we might be friends at some point soon. For now good luck.

I hope this books helps. You can keep it.

Julius

xx

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A Personal Anthology by Jorge Luis Borges

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Dear George,

We’ll study this together!

Thank you for the thoughtful present, and for holding my hand at night

xxx

Chantal

Das Parfum by Patrick Süskind

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Ich kann Dich gut riechen – auch ohne Parfum!

Dein Klaus

Zum 39. Geburtstag

 

[Translation]

I like your smell – even without perfume!

Your Klaus

On your 39th Birthday

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher’s implacable hatred of religion – his mother was murdered by a ‘man of god’

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Weekend world

He gave me PG Wodehouse

I gave him Dylan

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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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AGENT SMART: YOUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT IS TO READ THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL. HOWEVER, DO NOT FOLLOW THE USUAL PROCEDURE OF BURNING THE MATERIAL! [smiley face]

AGENT SMARTER

12/23/91

Dear Simon –

Ignore the title if you must, but please read this book! I recently started reading it since I got home from school, and it is excellent. C.S. Lewis was a brilliant man, even though he was English! (JUST KIDDING [smiley face])

Because he was English you’ll probably understand him better than I do. He was also once an atheist, which might help you relate a little, too. I hope you enjoy reading it! [heart] Emily

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The Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul

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February 1988

To John –

with our love and sincere congratulations on a job well done.

– Auntie Betty & Uncle Ivor

 

Too formal by half so what about –

Congrats Doc!

from all your buddies down at the squash club

 

Oh John, we’re glad

Best love

Bryony & Saul

Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald

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“I’ve come to think that it’s not impossible that at an early point in my life I took a wrong direction…”

!!

Love,

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Philosophical Aesthetics – An Introduction edited by Oswald Hanfling

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– So what’s in it for you?

– Is that all you can think about?

– Yes. I am human. And I’m not going to lie.

– alright, I’ll accept that.

– But what about Morals and all of that?

– Yeah, well, we’ve got to balance it out.

– I agree, but I have so much desire.

– So do I.

– Morals were probably brought in because we have so much desire.

– But maybe we’re taught desire?

– Maybe. But I don’t think so.

– So you think it’s the beast within us?

– Yeah… Yes, I like that description.

– Do you get really upset about it?

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

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