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KafkaThe TankBook list:

  • Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
  • Ernest Hemingway: The Undefeated and The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  • Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony
  • Rudyard Kipling: The Man who would be King, The Phantom ’Rickshaw and Black Jack
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Leo Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych and Father Sergius


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In his last album, the late Vic Chestnutt has a song called ‘It Is What It Is’.
One of the verses goes:

Appearance is everything
Nothing is how it seems
In a civilized society
It’s called civility

A couple of verses on, he recasts the thought:

Appearance is everything
Nothing is how it seems
In a market economy
It’s called …

Ah, Marketing! The botox, the vitamins, the Viagra of capitalism. Crack a pack, lie back and inhale.

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