Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recent Quotes

  • It is really not so repulsive to see the poor asking for money as to see the rich asking for more money. And advertisement is the rich asking for more money. A man would be annoyed if he found himself in a mob of millionaires, all holding out their silk hats for a penny.

    an excerpt from The New Jerusalem, written by G. K. Chesterton in 1920

  • It is a complete mistake to suppose that common people make our towns commonplace, with unsightly things like advertisements. Most of those whose wares are thus placarded everywhere are very wealthy gentlemen with coronets and country seats, men who are probably very particular about the artistic adornment of their own homes. They disfigure their towns in order to decorate their houses.

    an excerpt from The New Jerusalem, written by G. K. Chesterton in 1920

  • The Crusaders and the Saracens constantly copied each other while they combated each other; indeed it is a fact always to be found in such combats. It is one of the arguments against war that are really human, and therefore are never used by humanitarians. The curse of war is that it does lead to more international imitation; while in peace and freedom men can afford to have national variety.

    an excerpt from The New Jerusalem, written by G. K. Chesterton in 1920

Recent Notes

  • I was sent an ARC for this (which was AWESOME) but I'm not sure if there's any implication to embargo a review. So this is a placeholder for... September, when this book actually comes out!

    an note about Lucy Undying, written by Kiersten White in 2024

  • Oof, what an upleasant book. A bunch of outdated marketing advice told in the worst airport-bookstore manner. I did love the part about using the internet for sales in 2000, though!

    an note about Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got, written by Jay Abraham in 2000

  • Just started this - a lesser Chesterton, discursing in his rambly way about a trip to Palestine in 1919? 1920? I don't think I've gotten to his thesis yet. But he's as quotable as ever, to his detriment. Thus far it's very much 'I'm trying to write the cleverest line I can think of' for 50 pages.

    an note about The New Jerusalem, written by G. K. Chesterton in 1920

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