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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 Hungry Black Bag - Jacqueline Chwast, Jacqueline Chwast In this heavy-handed fable, the Ole Goat of Grede Mountain (Grede Mountain, get it? Boy, I almost missed that, it was so subtle) has a black bag which grows ever larger to accommodate his insatiable desire for stuff. The goat robs all the smaller animals but eventually by a bear who has no possessions except his clothes. The bear (long-time symbol of the Soviet Union) leaves him submerged in mud with a bag over his head, which I found creepily reminiscent of images of "enemies" captured by terrorists.

A blurb from Kirkus asserts that this is a Native American legend, but the book itself doesn't indicate any origin.