Works Featured

Below are brief descriptions of the works from which I’ve published quotes, arranged by author. You can click any title to see all of the quotes from that source, or click the name of an author for all quotes by that writer. If you happen upon a page with no search results, keep an eye out for new posts coming up; I update this page as I schedule posts, so sometimes an entry appears here before its quotes go live.

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Tolkien, J.R.R. : Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

If you need a summary here, you make me sad. Go. Read. (This volume runs from the long-expected party to the breaking of the fellowship at Parth Galen under Amon Hen.) (here’s the wiki)

Tolkien, J.R.R. : Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

This volume has one book split among the viewpoints of the hobbits and the hunters, and the other is wholly Frodo and Sam’s storyline. Runs from Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn’s orc-hunt to the (start of the) race to Gondor after Helm’s Deep, and from the mazelike Emyn Muil through the encounter with Shelob. (here’s the wiki)

Tolkien, J.R.R. : Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Begins with the three paths to Gondor in one book, and Sam’s rescue of Frodo in the other, ending three or four different times as the threads are tied back together. (here’s the wiki)

Tolstoy, Leo : War and Peace.

‘Tolstoy said War and Peace is “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle”.’ …what it is, is long, and occasionally interesting (usually, I find, when it gets philosophical). (wiki)

Tolstoy, Leo : What Is Art?

“An essay by Leo Tolstoy in which he argues against numerous aesthetic theories which define art in terms of the good, truth, and especially beauty.” (wikipedia)

Tufte, Edward : The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.

“…the fundamentals of graphic design in a book that has come to be considered a classic. Scientific American described this seminal work as ‘original, beautifully presented, sharp and learned…a work of art.'” (B&N)

unknown : The Elder Eddas.

“an unnamed collection of Old Norse poems,… consist[ing] primarily of text from the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript known as the Codex Regius … arguably the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends.” (wikipedia)

Vienne, Veronique : The Art of Doing Nothing.

“Much more than merely a book about nothing, this is a concentrated guide to cultivating a sense of serenity.” (amazon)

Voltaire : “Micromégas.”

“A short story written in the 18th century by the French philosopher and satirist Voltaire. It is a significant development in the history of literature because it originates ideas which helped create the genre of science fiction.” (wikipedia)

Wilde, Oscar : The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, ‘a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.'” (goodreads)

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