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Possessed.

Think how much any individual mind, any brain, is enlarged by what we can know through books and through literature — places, people, ideas that we would never otherwise experience, things much larger than anyone could contain in his or her own person. People crave this. You go way back into antiquity and everybody is memorizing Homer, everybody is memorizing “The Epic of Gilgamesh” — works of literature that build the cultural mind and make it capacious. Most of us are not the creators of those things, but we possess ourselves of them — or they possess us of them. And each successive work of literature expands the possibilities of our language, deepening our expressive capacity. In almost every major literature there are works that make you love being human, and make you love and revere the humanity of other people. That is the great potential of any art.
Marilynne Robinson in The New York Times

I’ve been reading so much lately, a book every four or five days and often a book in a day. I’ve loved it; loved feeling my brain expand rapidly day by day by day. Marilynne always knows.

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Books I’ve Read in 2017

Should I Go to Grad School? Practical Typography Jerusalem: A Biography Our Family Outing The Interior Circuit Spiritual Friendship Chosen?: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran Emily of Deep Valley Just the Essentials Telling the Truth The Foolishness of Preaching To Jerusalem and Back Word by Word I Am a Palestinian Christian Atheist Delusions Family Lexicon The Grammar of God Jesus and the Holocaust With Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Once Upon a Country Originals Dare We Hope That All Men Be Saved? Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory Night, Dawn, and Day The Baghdad Eucharist They Burn the Thistles Stations of the Heart Bird by Bird Children of Paradise God and the Gay Christian If Our Bodies Could Talk Blood Brothers The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing Notes on a Foreign Country The Reluctant Fundamentalist Grand Hotel Abyss Where Memory Leads The Temporary Bride The End of Words Burnt Books The Blood of the Lamb The Flaneur How Paris Became Paris Between Meals The Dud Avocado Dem Dry Bones God, Medicine, and Suffering To Relieve the Human Condition: Bioethics, Technology, and the Body

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Books I’ve Read In 2016.

In January, I began writing down the title of every book I finished reading.

Memed, My Hawk; Yashar Kemal Inheriting the Holy Land, Jennifer Miller The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud A Community Called Taize, Jason Brian Santos Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk Dancing Arabs, Sayed Kashua Khirbet Khizeh, S. Yizar Seasons of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih Fatelessness, Imre Kertesz Delancey, Molly Wizenberg By Night in Chile, Roberto Bolano The Periodic Table, Primo Levi The Door, Magda Szabo Infiltration, Yehoshua Kenaz All the Single Ladies, Rebecca Traister A Border Passage, Leila Ahmed Egypt on the Brink, Tarek Osman The File, Timothy Garton Ash It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street, Emma Williams The Discreet Hero, Mario Vargas Llosa Women of Sand and Myrrh, Hanan al-Shaykh Almost There, Laurel Garver Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari Washed and Waiting, Wesley Hill Spiritual Friendship, Wesley Hill Wounded Prophet, Michael Ford Killing a King, Dan Ephron In the Cafe of Lost Youth, Patrick Modiano The Japanese Lover, Isabelle Allende Chronicle of a Last Summer, Yasmine El Rashidi Parting Ways, Judith Butler

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