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).

Author

1

The Braindead Megaphone

a polemic about the dumbing-down of media, cus the person with the loudest voice forces everyone else to react, plus the profit motive makes media drift away from its original purpose. I agree with the sentiment but I didn't really like the way it was written (too heavy-handed)

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The Braindead Megaphone

a polemic about the dumbing-down of media, cus the person with the loudest voice forces everyone else to react, plus the profit motive makes media drift away from its original purpose. I agree with the sentiment but I didn't really like the way it was written (too heavy-handed)

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21

The New Mecca

about Dubai. there were some good moments but the overall tone was annoying

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21

The New Mecca

about Dubai. there were some good moments but the overall tone was annoying

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57

Thank You, Esther Forbes

some nun at his primary school gave him a Newbery-winning book by Esther Forbes, who wrote things like "On rocky islands gulls woke"

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57

Thank You, Esther Forbes

some nun at his primary school gave him a Newbery-winning book by Esther Forbes, who wrote things like "On rocky islands gulls woke"

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65

A Survey of the Literature

I hated this. honestly felt like something I would have been proud to write when I was 12. about "fluid-nations" (most notably People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction, but a bunch of other Annoyingly Capitalised Terms)

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65

A Survey of the Literature

I hated this. honestly felt like something I would have been proud to write when I was 12. about "fluid-nations" (most notably People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction, but a bunch of other Annoyingly Capitalised Terms)

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73

Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra

about his general admiration for Vonnegut and what he had accomplished with Slaughterhouse-Five

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73

Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra

about his general admiration for Vonnegut and what he had accomplished with Slaughterhouse-Five

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85

A Brief Study of the British

about his trip to the Hay literary festival. classic overly American satire. mostly crap. like one good line

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85

A Brief Study of the British

about his trip to the Hay literary festival. classic overly American satire. mostly crap. like one good line

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97

Nostalgia

another satirical piece about too much porn and violence in the media etc

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97

Nostalgia

another satirical piece about too much porn and violence in the media etc

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103

Ask the Optimist!

hated this one too (like the letter-writing scene in Bleak Expectations, but replace the dry British humour with onanistic American chortling)

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103

Ask the Optimist!

hated this one too (like the letter-writing scene in Bleak Expectations, but replace the dry British humour with onanistic American chortling)

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119

Proclamation

a really tasteless one about declaring a jihad on the English language? weird

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119

Proclamation

a really tasteless one about declaring a jihad on the English language? weird

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123

Woof: A Plea of Sorts

a stupid one from the POV of a dog

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123

Woof: A Plea of Sorts

a stupid one from the POV of a dog

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127

The Great Divider

pseudo-investigative journalism piece about the US-Mexico border. He rides with Minutemen for a bit. Not as crisp as the Mother Jones piece but there are some good moments

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127

The Great Divider

pseudo-investigative journalism piece about the US-Mexico border. He rides with Minutemen for a bit. Not as crisp as the Mother Jones piece but there are some good moments

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169

Thought Experiment

in which George Saunders discovers that a lot of one's character + prospects in life are determined by luck and circumstance

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169

Thought Experiment

in which George Saunders discovers that a lot of one's character + prospects in life are determined by luck and circumstance

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175

The Perfect Gerbil: Reading Barthelme's "The School"

pretty good. his serious takes on literature are a lot better than his satires

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175

The Perfect Gerbil: Reading Barthelme's "The School"

pretty good. his serious takes on literature are a lot better than his satires

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187

The United States of Huck: Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

about the complexities of huckleberry finn. really good

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187

The United States of Huck: Introduction to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

about the complexities of huckleberry finn. really good

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211

Buddha Boy

i'm mixed on this one ... he makes some interesting meta-points, but the rest felt unfocused and pointless and even kinda vapid

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211

Buddha Boy

i'm mixed on this one ... he makes some interesting meta-points, but the rest felt unfocused and pointless and even kinda vapid

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251

Manifesto: A Press Release From PRKA

more about People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction

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251

Manifesto: A Press Release From PRKA

more about People Reluctant To Kill For An Abstraction

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Tenth of December
by multiple authors


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Victory Lap

ditzy dancer girl is abducted by a man who fancies himself a king; neighbourhood boy with helicopter parents accidentally sees but is torn over whether to intervene or just stay out of it as his parents would want. he ends up intervening. kind of meh. the abduction angle was a bit of a surprise, and the boy's backstory is funny (if sad), but otherwise somewhat forgettable

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3

Victory Lap

ditzy dancer girl is abducted by a man who fancies himself a king; neighbourhood boy with helicopter parents accidentally sees but is torn over whether to intervene or just stay out of it as his parents would want. he ends up intervening. kind of meh. the abduction angle was a bit of a surprise, and the boy's backstory is funny (if sad), but otherwise somewhat forgettable

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29

Sticks

dad dresses up a pole. he dies. the end

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29

Sticks

dad dresses up a pole. he dies. the end

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31

Puppy

two mothers, one selling the other a puppy. one is trying to escape the shadow of her own neglectful parents; the other is trying to take care of a difficult son (whom she has chained up in her yard to keep him safe). first one sees the chained boy and projects her own childhood onto him and decides not to buy the puppy. the other has to kill the puppy (reasons unclear; financial?)

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31

Puppy

two mothers, one selling the other a puppy. one is trying to escape the shadow of her own neglectful parents; the other is trying to take care of a difficult son (whom she has chained up in her yard to keep him safe). first one sees the chained boy and projects her own childhood onto him and decides not to buy the puppy. the other has to kill the puppy (reasons unclear; financial?)

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45

Escape from Spiderhead

first-person narrator who committed a crime and now he's in some facility where he's been experimented on. there's a drug that mimics falling in love & another that makes you fall out of love. to confirm that it's working, the experimentors have a drug that mimics depression; that goes horribly wrong when one female subject kills herself. to prevent another female subject from doing the same, MC takes the depression drug (Darkenfloxx™) and kills himself. very Good Old Neon

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45

Escape from Spiderhead

first-person narrator who committed a crime and now he's in some facility where he's been experimented on. there's a drug that mimics falling in love & another that makes you fall out of love. to confirm that it's working, the experimentors have a drug that mimics depression; that goes horribly wrong when one female subject kills herself. to prevent another female subject from doing the same, MC takes the depression drug (Darkenfloxx™) and kills himself. very Good Old Neon

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83

Exhortation

a story told by means of a short workplace memo exhorting workers to work harder, with more details revealed as the memo goes on. the context is unclear--it's some sort of workplace with an unpleasant job (maybe torture or killing is involved), where one employee named Todd set a record previously but is now in the midst of depression. i love the narrative technique & the narrator's way of writing (even if he is not the most sympathetic character at first, he grows on you)

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83

Exhortation

a story told by means of a short workplace memo exhorting workers to work harder, with more details revealed as the memo goes on. the context is unclear--it's some sort of workplace with an unpleasant job (maybe torture or killing is involved), where one employee named Todd set a record previously but is now in the midst of depression. i love the narrative technique & the narrator's way of writing (even if he is not the most sympathetic character at first, he grows on you)

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91

Al Roosten

this was incredibly sad. third-person, MC is this old man with suppressed homosexual tendencies and a pretty sad life. very vivid imagination though--he fantasises about people liking him, etc. also he hates homeless people despite wishing people were more charitable towards him. reminds me of camus' the mute (section 205). also reminds me a bit of myself when i was younger? kind of disturbing to realise

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91

Al Roosten

this was incredibly sad. third-person, MC is this old man with suppressed homosexual tendencies and a pretty sad life. very vivid imagination though--he fantasises about people liking him, etc. also he hates homeless people despite wishing people were more charitable towards him. reminds me of camus' the mute (section 205). also reminds me a bit of myself when i was younger? kind of disturbing to realise

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109

The Semplica Girl Diaries

I really liked this one. I glossed over the whole SG thing initially, so when I finally realised what they were (basically, immigrant women who hang as garden ornaments) it was quite shocking. told through the (hastily-written) diaries of a first-person narrator, which is actually quite a cool narrative technique that i kind of want to use somewhere (for DFW story?). there's a lot to unpack here about wealth and class.

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109

The Semplica Girl Diaries

I really liked this one. I glossed over the whole SG thing initially, so when I finally realised what they were (basically, immigrant women who hang as garden ornaments) it was quite shocking. told through the (hastily-written) diaries of a first-person narrator, which is actually quite a cool narrative technique that i kind of want to use somewhere (for DFW story?). there's a lot to unpack here about wealth and class.

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169

Home

haunting first-person narrative about an american veteran who comes home from the war (Iraq? Afghanistan? idk) to find that his mother is as self-absorbed and financially carelessly as ever (similar to Mary Karr's mother actually lol), his wife has re-married, his sister is married to a rich man and is now acting differently. seems like he's planning to shoot his wife+kids as revenge, but his family tries to intervene. ends on an uncertain note

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169

Home

haunting first-person narrative about an american veteran who comes home from the war (Iraq? Afghanistan? idk) to find that his mother is as self-absorbed and financially carelessly as ever (similar to Mary Karr's mother actually lol), his wife has re-married, his sister is married to a rich man and is now acting differently. seems like he's planning to shoot his wife+kids as revenge, but his family tries to intervene. ends on an uncertain note

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203

My Chivalric Fiasco

first-person narrator works at some medieval reenactment place, sees what seems to be the aftermath of his boss sexually assaulting a coworker; boss tries to cover it up by paying her off & promoting them both; MC becomes a knight and takes a drug that makes him speak as a knight would, then decides to announce the truth to everyone, which of course gets him fired and ruins the woman's life in the process. the knight-speak part was funny, but the story didn't feel super substantially. mostly gimmicky

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203

My Chivalric Fiasco

first-person narrator works at some medieval reenactment place, sees what seems to be the aftermath of his boss sexually assaulting a coworker; boss tries to cover it up by paying her off & promoting them both; MC becomes a knight and takes a drug that makes him speak as a knight would, then decides to announce the truth to everyone, which of course gets him fired and ruins the woman's life in the process. the knight-speak part was funny, but the story didn't feel super substantially. mostly gimmicky

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215

Tenth of December

i didn't really like this one tbh. old man who has brain cancer (?) decides to kill himself by freezing to death in the woods; some kid who lives in his own fantasies tries to bring his coat, then falls in the lake; old man has to save the kid but of course, it turns out, the kid has saved him

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215

Tenth of December

i didn't really like this one tbh. old man who has brain cancer (?) decides to kill himself by freezing to death in the woods; some kid who lives in his own fantasies tries to bring his coat, then falls in the lake; old man has to save the kid but of course, it turns out, the kid has saved him

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