Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

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the jars of literary history inspo / misc

[...] In the event of a Soviet victory, we will be passed over in silence until we die a second time; in the event of an American victory, the best of us will be put into the jars of literary history and won't be taken out again.

—p.205 Situation of the Writer in 1947 (128) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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the slender thread of his gaze inspo / misc topic / literary-theory

[...] The writer, in opposition to bourgeois ideology, chose to speak to us of things at the privileged moment when all the concrete relations which united him with the objects were broken, save the slender thread of his gaze, and when they gently undid themselves to his eyes, untied sheaves of e...

—p.182 Situation of the Writer in 1947 (128) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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the great polar night of the inhuman inspo / misc

[...] they no longer felt humanity as a limitless milieu. It was a thin flame within them which they alone kept alive. It kept itself going in the silence which they opposed to their executioners. About them was nothing but the great polar night of the inhuman and of unknowingness, which they did...

—p.170 Situation of the Writer in 1947 (128) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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anguish and yellow sky at the same time inspo / misc topic / literary-theory

What is valid for the elements of artistic creation is also valid for their combinations. The painter does not want to draw signs on his canvas, he wants to create a thing. And if he puts together red, yellow, and green, there is no reason why this collection of colours should have a definable si...

—p.2 What is Writing? (1) by Jean-Paul Sartre
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we actually set out to save the world inspo / interiority

We actually set out to save the world. That is what was insane — not ten-year-old warlords with bad breath and voodoo fetishes in Liberia, not Matt's assassin, not the boss in Somalia who set us up for an ambush in exchange for a fifteen percent kickback on the judges' salaries, not the Hutu m...

—p.294 Return to Normal (281) by Kenneth Cain
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let the dead bury the dead inspo / interiority

I set out to save lives and have ended up collecting the dead. Somewhere along the line, I lost sight of treating people and became obsessed with my own grandiose ideals of service. But there is no redemption in this. I've worked myself into the ground only to end up doing the very thing my paren...

—p.255 Condition Echo (249) by Andrew Thomson
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to understand this you have to become this inspo / interiority

I think I'm actually starting to understand. I was hell-bent on being an effective humanitarian in Cambodia and Somalia. But a naïve fog is finally lifting. Revealed is a train wreck of illusions, the depravity of someone else's war, the futility of a competence still-born there. To understand th...

—p.217 Condition Delta (191) by Kenneth Cain
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they rescue us from our death why / read

What do writers do when they seriously notice the world? Perhaps they do nothing less than rescue the life of things from their death--from two deaths, one small and one large: from the 'death' which literary form always threatens to impose on life, and from actual death. Which is to say, they re...

—p.53 Serious Noticing (29) by James Wood
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like a golden thread why / read

[...] Whosoever has let in one genuine sentence, one paragraph, has felt that seduction like a golden thread being pulled slowly through one. . . .

—p.71 Rupture, Verge, and Precipice (54) by Carole Maso
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what have we been doing to them? inspo / anti-capitalism

If community programs have consistently floundered, both in the past and today, what’s left? A return to the rule of experts? Bigger dams and better seeds? If faced with two approaches — that of the development expert, asking “What can we do for the poor?” and that of the community developer, ask...

—p.78 Thinking Small Won’t End Poverty (75) by Jacobin
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better than no light at all inspo / misc

The specifics of Russia, 1917, are distinct and crucial. It would be absurd, a ridiculous myopia, to hold up October as a simple lens through which to view the struggles of today. But it has been a long century, a long dusk of spite and cruelty, the excrescence and essence of its time. Twilight, ...

—p.318 Epilogue: After October (305) by China Miéville
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the ashes of Russia’s Provisional Government inspo / misc

With all the seriousness in the world, like burnt-out matches telling grim stories of the conflagration they will soon start, the ashes of Russia’s Provisional Government debated which of them to make dictator.

—p.289 Red October (256) by China Miéville
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a lonely need at the heart of this book inspo / anti-capitalism inspo / criticism

There is a lonely need at the heart of this book, the need for all this ephemeral shit to mean something, for the generations nurtured by the internet to have collected something more than transient commodities and opinions about them, more than posts and tweets and days of recycling things we’...

—p.1 Ready Player One Finds The Bleak Limits Of Nostalgia missing author
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you are not the corporation inspo / anti-capitalism

[...] These were actual living humans—I keep coming back to this—not only adopting but insisting upon the priority of a monstrous legal construct designed for the express purpose of annihilating all concerns but its own profit.

I feel like I am not doing a great job of capturing, in words, the...

—p.1 The Corporation Does Not Always Have To Win missing author
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the flashing strobes of predreams inspo / interiority piece / silicon-jest

Sophie, in bed, drowsed, and bits of memory came at her in the flashing strobes of predreams. Here's a shiny ice storm, two newlyweds in a new tract house in Cicero. Ice glittering gray in a crunchy March lawn, more wet ice falling out of a sky without color. Solomon watching it out a window, Sop...

—p.77 /Solomon Silverfish/* (67) by David Foster Wallace
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in this ghastly Chinese restaurant why / dfw

[...] The day I bought BIWHM at the Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, I was still reeling from having been recently left by my fiancee (I even spontaneously asked out the girl who rang the book up; she said no), and was basically spending ungodly amounts of time alone. I went to the movies alone...

—p.18 An Interview with Tom Bissell (13) by Tom Bissell
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there is no longer an identifiable external enemy inspo / misc

[...] it was easy for the advocates of post-Fordist Capital to present themselves as the opponents of the status quo, bravely resisting an inertial organized labor 'pointlessly' invested in fruitless ideological antagonism which served the ends of union leaders and politicians, but did little to ...

—p.34 October 6, 1979: 'Don't let yourself get attached to anything' (31) by Mark Fisher
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for the pale to hurry across the deck

[...] It's way too easy for the pale to hurry across the deck, past the thick, light-wobbling window, and not once hear rap as anything but the weird anthemic march of one Other'd nation, marginalized and yet trapped in our own metropolitan center, a nation that cannot secede and may not assimila...

—p.40 by David Foster Wallace, Mark Costello
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capital won archive / dissertation inspo / anti-capitalism

On the contrary, the explanation is far more straightforward: capital won. Sometimes with armies, sometimes with persuasion, sometimes with money, and sometimes by accident, but it won. For at least the last thirty or forty years, and this is increasingly true in nominally "noncapitalist" nation-...

—p.222 Disassembly Required, or, This Will Not Be Easy (199) by Geoff Mann
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of self I had little inspo / interiority
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Maybe that time is so blurry to me--more even than my drinking time--because we remember through a filter of self, and of self I had little, having been flattened like a cartoon coyote by an inner anvil. With no self, experience streams past. Time lags until it's sponged up. [...]

—p.259 Self Help (163) by Mary Karr
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arrests into violent stasis inspo / setting
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[...] The room is swirling with our invectives when--in the doorway--there stands Dev in his three-year-old body. He's naked and gap-mouthed. All the raging that swirls around us arrests into violent stasis. The fury in the room dispels itself like smoke siphoned up with a hose.

—p.187 Self Help (163) by Mary Karr
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a burst of sea spray inspo / interiority why / write
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[...] I hold my liquor enough to hear--from the mouths of poets--work I'm itching to read, books I can vanish down into from my grind. The night is a burst of sea spray washed across my face, tangible evidence of a fresh existence only slightly out of reach.

—p.183 Self Help (163) by Mary Karr
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never, not in decades, stop being strangers inspo / misc
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[...] My longed-for circle of family is choking me. The silk bow ties on my cheap business blouses--that middle-class disguise I'd wished for--are choking me. The good family name for my son is a strangle, since it forces me to drive with a restless kid hours in murderous traffic to dine with pol...

—p.165 Self Help (163) by Mary Karr
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we let the other get smaller inspo / interiority topic / heartbreak
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[...] And so begins what I see as his slow fade from me. We talk less and less, and since we both grew up in houses schooled to letting people vaporize into their own internal deserts with alacrity, we each let the other get smaller.

—p.139 Flashdance (71) by Mary Karr
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drenched with honeysuckle inspo / setting
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Frogs were keeping time in air drenched with honeysuckle.

—p.135 Flashdance (71) by Mary Karr