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Found Stories, by Hannibal and Obviously by Other People Too

Stories constructed from other things I'm reading by re-arranging sentences. This obviously violates all kinds of copywrites. Don't sue me please.

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"The Fatalist", from M.Y. Lermontov's "A Hero of Our Time". English text here.

 

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"After V once, one still wishes to V another time."

One scenario obviously dissociates from this story: twelve girls magically get out of one car. In addition, everyone is happy to fulfill this lie.
"I knew it. You don't love me at all," says one of the girls. Half an hour later, I finally found my data sheets, which had been crumpled into a ball and stained by dirty water. "Democracy" literally means allowing people to be the ruler.
- 9/21/09 Comprehensive Chinese Advanced Reading 1, Shuo Gu Dao Jin, Higher Education Press.

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The Story:

Odysseus is a Greek soldier and mariner on his way back from the Trojan War. Early one Sunday morning in year six or seven of his journey back to Ithaca, he washes up on the Berkeley marina in California. He goes to a laundromat to wash the salt out of his gear, where he meets my dad, Cliff Taubes, who is a mathematician working on "exotic" smooth 4-spheres. Together they hit the road and head east...

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"Rome"

The Roman influence expanded beyond strategic military defeats. Perhaps by a gaze, or by a gesture?
Portraiture, by Richard Brilliant - Harvard University Press, 1991
Unknown Author, essay critique, Expository Writing class at Harvard

 

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"The Alien"

In her private capacity as an Alien, like other Aliens, her likeness served as its overt sign; thus, the rest of the body could be omitted, an artificial convention. The assumption that the photographic medium is reliable and accurate certainly entered into the Service's considerations; in light of further events, however, the Alien is not so different in presenting the fundamental assertion that images have a legitimate, intentional, and purposeful connection with what is represented. Certainly the Service intended to use this picture as a document to record this Alien's actual existence in the United States, but such a reflection of her own self-image suggested to the Alien too lofty claims, "as if the name alone had already conferred divinity on her".
Portraiture, by Richard Brilliant - Harvard University Press, 1991
The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus, Paul Zonker, trans. Alan Shapiro and Ann Arbor, 1990.

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