Rose Lerner : True Pretenses, Chapter One →
Chapter One of Lively St. Lemeston #2, True Pretenses (coming from Samhain in January 2015), is up! Gentle readers, meet Ash Cohen, swindler, and Lydia Reeve, philanthropist heiress…
Below them in the darkness, a clock chimed half past two. “Just once, I’d like to leave somewhere in daylight,” Rafe grumbled under his breath as they crept down the stairs. “Wearing my boots. I’d like to take my trunk with me too.”
"Shh." Their trunk and its contents were worth twenty pounds. If Ash Cohen could have brought them away safely, he would have, but they meant exactly that to him—twenty pounds. The only thing he had that he couldn’t leave behind was two feet in front of him, sulking…
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"Every universe, our own included, begins in conversation. Every golem in the history of the world, from Rabbi Hanina’s delectable goat to the river-clay Frankenstein of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, was summoned into existence through language, through murmuring, recital, and kabbalistic chitchat—was, literally, talked into life. Kavalier and Clay—whose golem was to be formed of black lines and the four-color dots of the lithographer—lay down, lit the first of five dozen cigarettes they were to consume that afternoon, and started to talk."
#the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay
"In American literature and movies, the reigning Jew is still the meek scholar or the mild family man, although I’ve lately noticed a growing cinematic population of tough Jews, surprising hero soldiers, rebels, kickers of Nazis ass, the occasional gangster. But the Anglophilic, artsy, bohemian Jew is a rarer bird, assimilating into the Gentile world not from any desire to blend in but because he is too florid to prune himself to fit available Jewish types. This, somewhat, was my father: not bookish, as Jews in his day were meant to be, but flamboyantly literary. Not self-hating, but self-creating. Not interested in himself as a Jew at all, but by no means interested in anonymity."
#The Tragedy of Arthur