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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
The Goblin and the Empty Chair - Mem Fox In a land far away, there lived a goblin who had once seem himself reflected in a still pond. His reflection had frightened him so much, he decided to hide his face from the world forever, so as not to frighten anyone else... and spent many years alone.

The accompanying illustrations have even more pathos: the goblin is happily gamboling along picking flowers when he is confronted with his own hideousness. The blossoms fall to the ground as he claps his hands over his face. He stumbles homes with his eyes shut, one hand outstretched. Even when he is alone in the following years, he hides his face from himself and from the natural world, as if he were too ugly for even the sun and trees to tolerate. This is a pretty freakin' sad story!