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This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading.

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about wanting and not wanting

Who needs a shrink? If he kept it on while people were talking it was just diverting enough to protect him from getting too involved, a process he described as being like magic. In fact, it was a buffer in more ways than one. Able to conjure or dismiss company at the touch of a button, he found tha…

—p.64 by Olivia Laing
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laconic

this laconic, light-footed and remarkably funny book

—p.62 by Olivia Laing
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machines have less problems

[...] the desire to turn oneself into a multiple or machine is also a desire to be liberated from human feeling, human need, which is to say the need to be cherished or loved. ‘Machines have less problems. I’d like to be a machine, wouldn’t you?’ he told Time in 1963.

—p.61 by Olivia Laing
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encaustic

Jasper Johns had produced his first encaustic, messy, painterly American flag in 1954

—p.58 by Olivia Laing
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stanchion

Sometimes as I walked, roaming under the stanchions of the Williamsburg Bridge

—p.48 by Olivia Laing
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saturnine

the Hoppers call it Nighthawks, after the beaked profile of the woman’s saturnine companion

thought it meant dignified

—p.42 by Olivia Laing
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salubrious

moved into Edward’s marginally more salubrious room on Washington Square

i thought it meant like "naughty" lmao

—p.37 by Olivia Laing
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no access to the self that experienced the loneliness

After Fromm-Reichmann’s death, other psychologists slowly began to turn their attention to the subject. In 1975, the social scientist Robert Weiss edited a seminal study, Loneliness: The Experience of Emotional and Social Isolation. He too opened by acknowledging the subject’s neglect, noting wryly…

—p.26 by Olivia Laing
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pallid

There is no colour in existence that so powerfully communicates urban alienation, the atomisation of human beings inside the edifices they create, as this noxious pallid green

—p.21 by Olivia Laing
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equanimity

This tension is present in even the most benign of his New York paintings, the ones that testify to a more pleasurable, more equanimous kind of solitude

—p.17 by Olivia Laing
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indelibly

What is it about Hopper? Every once in a while an artist comes along who articulates an experience, not necessarily consciously or willingly, but with such prescience and intensity that the association becomes indelible

—p.16 by Olivia Laing
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I wanted very much not to be where I was

Most days I did the same things. Go out for eggs and coffee, walk aimlessly through the exquisite cobbled streets or down to the promenade to gaze at the East River, pushing each day a little further until I reached the park at Dumbo, where on Sundays you’d see the Puerto Rican wedding couples come…

—p.14 by Olivia Laing
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gneiss

New York City that teeming island of gneiss and concrete and glass

—p.5 by Olivia Laing
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apotheosis

it can reach its apotheosis in a crowd

on loneliness

—p.4 by Olivia Laing
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the superior will prevail

This belief in the inherent moral as well as technological inferiority of “primitive” societies shaped her response to the concern of a Native American cadet at West Point in 1974. The cadet asked her how she squared her beliefs with the historical record of dispossession and extermination of Ameri…

—p.44 “Individualists of the World Unite!” (33) by Lisa Duggan
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felt to her like pure individual achievement

Ayn Rand arrived on the scene in Hollywood without any clear understanding of the mode of business or the politics of representation developing there. Her initial astounding successes, dependent in part on her ability to assimilate as white, felt to her like pure individual achievement. Then she qu…

—p.37 “Individualists of the World Unite!” (33) by Lisa Duggan
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the superior individual of Ayn Rand’s fictional universe

Andrei Taganov is a notable exception. Andrei is the son of a factory owner and a true-believing communist who served with Leon Trotsky in the Red Army during the civil war. He is consistently principled, unlike his comrades. He also bears the marks of the superior individual of Ayn Rand’s fictiona…

—p.24 “Proud Woman Conqueror” (13) by Lisa Duggan
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there they were in the Winter Palace

Alissa Rosenbaum had lived her short life oblivious to the existence of workers and peasants except as shadowy apparitions, specters of irrationality, or properly subordinated social inferiors. Then oh my god: there they were in the Winter Palace and at her door, behaving as equals and asserting th…

—p.17 “Proud Woman Conqueror” (13) by Lisa Duggan
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fractious

Rand’s posthumous appeal has not been limited to the fractious overlapping company of neoliberals, libertarians, conservatives, and right-wing politicians,

—p.10 Introduction. “What Is Good for Me Is Right” (1) by Lisa Duggan
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