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diovival

Joined November 2016

Speculative fiction is my first love.
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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
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Russian Fairy Tales by Aleksandr Afanas'ev
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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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It's been awhile since this has happened, but......I don't get it. I am confusion. 🤔

rachelm I started this one and bailed. I was also the confused 3w
Hooked_on_books It‘s a weird book. It‘s not you. 3w
diovival @rachelm @Hooked_on_books Nice to know it wasn't just me. I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet but manohman. Tempted. 3w
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Leaving the farmer's market with three books and one bottle of wine. This feels like I'm winning at life.

Lindy Books are nourishment for the soul. 🥦🍎🥕 4w
Cinfhen Great post!!!! 4w
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Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Although I wouldn't describe this as an unputdownable book, I'm leaning more toward a Pick than a So-So rating. I weirdly enjoyed the endless tension and disorienting time jumps. I can see how this one may not be everyone's cup of tea. I spent most of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop. On the back end of the story I began to doubt the existence of the other shoe until that final chapter bonked me on the head.

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The Social Media Reader | Michael Mandiberg
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I was today years old when I found out Litsy was on the web. Wow. Also learning about some other cool features I've missed by scrolling back through older posts from the official Litsy account. They have been putting in that work! 👏🏽 #themoreyouknow

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Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones

"When....got back from her hunt, two big white birds in her hand, held upside down by the feet they used to have, she tasted it on the air, what happened, and dropped the birds, their wings opening on the way down."

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I'm feeling ready to rejoin this wonderful world of Litsy. I hope at least one wonderful thing has happened to each of you while I've been away.

Nute Welcome back, Dionisia! You‘ve been missed! 1mo
diovival Thanks, @Nute! 1mo
LeahBergen Hello, again! 👋🏻👋🏻 1mo
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Lcsmcat Welcome ack! I hope you‘ve read something wonderful while you were away. 1mo
Christine Welcome back! :) 1mo
diovival @LeahBergen Hey! 👋🏽 1mo
diovival @Lcsmcat Aww! It's been tough to focus. I slow read though and was not disappointed. 1mo
diovival @Christine Thanks! 🙂 1mo
IamIamIam Hey there!! I was thinking about you the other day!! 😁 Hope all is well!! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 Nice to see you again! 1mo
diovival @IamIamIam I've been feeling good 😁 1mo
diovival @MicheleinPhilly 👋🏽👋🏽👋🏽 1mo
rachelm Welcome back!! 1mo
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill

"She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness."

SW-T 🙂🙂🙂 5mo
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The Wednesday Game | Martin Yoseloff
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs @TobeyTheScavengerMonk

1. That feeling when reading and the whole world falls away. Also, hard not to love a book that gets me all in my feels.
2. Glass jars.
3. Nope. I'm more likely to look for a recipe online than grab a cookbook.
4. I don't read much poetry. I'll offer up Nikki Giovanni and Edgar Allan Poe as early faves.
5. Tagging @IamIamIam @batsy @Kalalalatja

Eggs Thoughtful responses !! Thanks for joining in 🤗🌺 6mo
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City | Ingela P Arrhenius
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I am positively smitten with this adorbs oversized book and squirreled it away before my dad could return it to the library. #Minnie approves. In other news, I am now going to teach my dad how to renew library books online.

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"Horse dung looked dignified. I could have brought it to church as an offering like the sheaves of wheat placed on an altar during the harvest festival. Horse dung took on the form of an artwork when it fell to the ground--I wanted to learn to fall as skillfully as it did."

IamIamIam 😂😂 You're always finding such interesting subject matter!!! 8mo
diovival @IamIamIam how else am I gonna find literary descriptions of dignified poop. 😂 8mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Tonight's impulse buy brought to you by Classic Lines Bookstore. Adorable book fan > Silently judging wallet.

#pghartsandlectures

Texreader That‘s very cool 8mo
Tamra How fun! 8mo
diovival @Texreader @Tamra It is so cute! It's hard to tell in the photo but there's a little ribbon bookmark sticking out of the fan. 8mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

#pghartsandlectures

Hooked_on_books So envious! I heard her on a podcast once and she was marvelous. 8mo
diovival @Hooked_on_books This was my first time hearing her speak. Her lecture was amazing. *swoon* I am raving about it to everyone. 8mo
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My stubborn determination to finish this book has really thrown a monkey wrench into my overall reading plans. Nearing the end this week.

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Mrs. Kimble | Jennifer Haigh
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Day 21: #hungryheart #marchintothe70s

Ken Kimble who took a wrong turn and just kept going.

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

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Cinfhen Fabulous photo 8mo
Cinfhen Have u read this book???? Doesn‘t seem like an easy read 8mo
diovival @Cinfhen Never! My house is filled with books I haven't read yet and I keep adding more to the mountain. 8mo
diovival @Cinfhen This one used to be my uncle's book. He died young and I didn't get a chance to know him. I have a few of his books. From the stories I've heard of him and the books passed on to me, I gather he was a badass. 8mo
Cinfhen Sorry you never had the chance to know your uncle but how cool to have inherited his books❤️ 8mo
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Day 19: #mrsrobinson #marchintothe70s

A May-December Classic 🦇

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 😈 8mo
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Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
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Of course she's super interested in the book with the glass of milk on the cover. 😂 #anarchyintheuk #marchintothe70s

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

valeriegeary Naturally. 😹 8mo
batsy Cool photo! 8mo
Cinfhen Adorable 😻 8mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Playing catch up today with the #marchintothe70s challenge prompts. This one seems perfect for Sunday's #immigrantsong. Min Jin Lee will be in Pittsburgh on April 1st!

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Are u going to hear her speak?? I bet she‘s fascinating in person!! 8mo
diovival @Cinfhen Yes! She's visiting my campus that morning and then giving a lecture in the city that evening. I lucked out and got free tickets to her reception + lecture from my employer. 😄 8mo
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Day 16: #intothemystic #marchintothe70s

🎶 Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic 🎶

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

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#jealousguy #marchintothe70s

Sounds like Danglars. Also, I really should pick this one up again.

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I should probably just pick it up!!! 8mo
diovival @Cinfhen An excellent idea 👍 8mo
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Day 14: #heartofgold #marchintothe70s

From Rumpelstiltskin...

"Now get to work! If you don't spin this straw into gold by morning, then you must die."

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Clever choice (edited) 8mo
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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batsy Very cool cover! 8mo
gradcat Love Bulgakov! So nice to see a fellow reader of his.... 8mo
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Black Panther #1 | Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator)
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Day 12: #heroes #marchintothe70s

"Black Panther is the ancestral ceremonial title of T'Challa, the king of Wakanda. T'Challa splits his time between protecting his kingdom, with the aid of his elite female royal guard, the Dora Milaje, and helping protect the entire world..."

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Lizpixie I need to see the movie, everyone says it‘s amazing🖤🙌 8mo
diovival @Lizpixie Yes!!! 8mo
gradcat I‘ve read a lot of Coates‘ work, but not this. I did know about his foray into comic books, though...is he good at writing about and for a superhero? (edited) 8mo
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diovival @gradcat I'm not sure yet. I'm so behind on my tbr owned books! 8mo
gradcat I‘ll anxiously await your review—or I‘ll read it myself—why, there‘s an idea! 😂😂😂 8mo
diovival @gradcat I think you're on to something 😂 8mo
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"The adjective 'cold' has such an appealing sound. I'd give up anything to experience such cold, for Ice Queen beauty, for shivering jouissance. The ice-cold truth. Acrobatic marvels that give you cold feet. A talent that makes all your competitors blanch and tremble as if frozen. Rationality hone sharp as an icicle. Cold has a broad spectrum." #wordoftheday

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Delta of Venus | Anas Nin
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Lizpixie Oh wow, I read these so long ago! The teenage me was so shocked😳 8mo
monalyisha Ha! I read “The Story of O” in a class called “Textual Pleasure” in college. It made for some awkward discussions! 😆 8mo
Cinfhen 🤩😂‼️perfect 8mo
gradcat Oh, wow! Haven‘t thought of these books in a long time! 8mo
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Day 10: #bluebayou #marchintothe70s

Bayous bring Louisiana to mind.

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I absolutely equate Louisiana with bayous and with superstitions ☠️💀 8mo
gradcat I‘m still soooo afraid of anything thirteen....spooky! 8mo
Lizpixie Everyone‘s doing a Louisiana reference for this!💙 8mo
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Mehso-so

"The book you're reading contains a collection of my favorite stories, crammed with the taste-memories that draw them up through my mind from years ago."
-Lucy Knisley

I wanted to like this so much more than I did! New & enticing recipes throughout the book. Delightful artwork. But, Knisley jumps so abruptly from moment to moment that I found it difficult to connect with her story. Maybe if I try cooking some of her recipes I'll feel differently?

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Cartwheel: A Novel | Jennifer duBois
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Cinfhen This was a strange read...meant to be the Amanda Knox story?!? Right 8mo
diovival Wild! 8mo
diovival @Cinfhen I haven't read it, but that's what I heard too. 8mo
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So. Many. Books. #librarybooksale #bookhaul

Tamra 🙀 8mo
Lcsmcat ❤️ library book sales! 8mo
SharonGoforth That looks amazing!!📚📚 8mo
emtobiasz Yay! So glad you made it! 8mo
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Day 8: #tinydancer #marchintothe70s

Okay, okay. So technically this book is not on topic, but do I get extra points for being petty? #tinyhands

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Christine 😂 8mo
SmartSassery 😂 I had no idea this existed. 8mo
Hooked_on_books Lots of extra points! 8mo
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emtobiasz Our cataloguer put this in children‘s books based on the format alone. I had to walk it back to her and say “uh, I don‘t think this is a kids‘ book...” 😬 8mo
Tamra 😂 8mo
diovival @SmartSassery You're welcome 😜😂 8mo
diovival @Christine @Tamra @Hooked_on_books I could not unsee and had to share 🤣 8mo
diovival @emtobiasz not all heroes wear capes 8mo
gradcat This is new to me as well...not a children‘s book, I agree 😂😅🤣 8mo
Cinfhen Ha!! 8mo
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Playing catch up with the help of the library stacks! This book offers 40 examples of how even the experienced travelers among us can get tripped up out in the #wildworld.

#matchintothe70s @Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Looks like a fun read 8mo
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"Many times in the past I had danced atop a gigantic ball, ridden a stunt tricycle and a circus motorcycle. But publishing an autobiography was a far more dangerous acrobatic feet."

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Lord of the Flies | Golding William
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Day 6: #alltheyoungdudes #marchintothe70s

"Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along....Then the creature stepped from mirage on to the clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadows but mostly clothing. The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing."

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

GatheringBooks good one! 8mo
Cinfhen Excellent choice 🤓 8mo
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Day 5: #psychokiller #marchintothe70s

I have a sneaking suspicion that this book fits. It's at the top of my tbr pile so I'll be finding out soon!

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Lizpixie Nice choice👍 9mo
Cinfhen If it‘s a King book, I‘m guessing you‘re probably right 😉 9mo
Rissreads I loved this book! Sooooo good! 9mo
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LiterRohde You need to read this book! Christmasland and the Gingerbread Man. It‘s so festive. Ok. I jest, but it is so good. 9mo
diovival @Lizpixie Thanks! It's been awhile since I joined a photo challenge. Fingers crossed I can keep this up. 9mo
diovival @Rissreads @LiterRohde Well if you insist! Started today, haha. 9mo
GatheringBooks i have only read his the fireman - but quite keen to know more of his works 8mo
diovival @GatheringBooks I've read a few of his other books and really enjoyed them. Adding The Fireman to my list! 8mo
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"In the mirror I saw my red-smeared lips, a masterpiece of the beets. I'd never eaten root vegetables voluntarily, but when a beet came swimming in my bowl of borscht, I immediately wanted to kiss it. Bobbing amid the lovely dots of fat floating on top--which at once awoke my appetite for meat--the beet was irresistible."

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Next up!

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Pittsburgh Noir | Kathleen George
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Day 4: #wontgetfooledagain #marchintothe70s

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, annay're gowen picking arn aht of yinzes liver, see.

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

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Her Fearful Symmetry | Audrey Niffenegger
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Day 3: #londoncalling #marchintothe70s

Is it ever a good idea to move into the home of an estranged and deceased English relative?

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Ha!!! NO!!!!! 9mo
TrishB I loved this book❤️ 9mo
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Classic Fairy Tales | Iona Archibald Opie, Peter Opie
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Day 2: #youresovain #marchintothe70s

"Tell me, glass, tell me true!
Of all the ladies in the land,
Who is the fairest? Tell me who?"

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

JazzFeathers Gorgeous illustration. 9mo
Cinfhen Great choice 😁 9mo
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Me without You | Lisa Swerling, Ralph Lazar
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Day 1: #wishyouwerehere #marchintothe70s

My hubby gave me this adorbs book this past Valentine's Day. He will randomly pluck the book off the shelf, flip to a page and read it to me. It is super cheesy and I love it.

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Lizpixie 💏💕💕 9mo
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This book is so cute!

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Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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"She usually had sense. But maybe it was just that she had had so few chances to do stupid things before. Maybe she was actually a person who would do stupid things all the time, if it seemed likely that other people might see her doing them and think she was brave."

Summertime, adolescence and a slow burn of tension in Small Town, PA. The plot doesn't hold up well under scrutiny, but i enjoyed Knecht's style of writing too much to care.

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Soon 👀👀👀 #nextup

Christine Love that book! ❤️ 9mo
diovival @Christine I flipped through and saw a few recipes too! Excited. 9mo
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Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

"She had been like that for most of her adolescence, vivid to herself with the world muted and blurred around her. Now the world was thunderous. She pulled up a blade of grass and chewed on the end of it. The world was loud and close, and her heart and lungs and brain were a tinny afterthought."

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Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

"He'd had a few brilliant ideas in his life and every one of them had started with money and ended with a beating."

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The lust story of two really shitty people unfold in the boonies of 1930s California. Frank Chambers and Cora Papadakis are an epic train wreck of a couple. White fragility, fuckboi logic and peak ain't shitness abounds. It's kind of impressive that Cain had me rooting for the demise of his characters so completely.

My creeping need to follow this twisty shitshow of a story to it's end was vexing. But, also, this title is everything.

Bklover 😂😂👍👍Love this review! 9mo
TrishB Great review 😁👍🏻 9mo
saresmoore Haha! Excellent review! 9mo
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Mdargusch Ha! I watched the movie recently and I agree! 9mo
AlaMich Now I want to read this even more!! 😆 9mo
diovival @Mdargusch Which version? Should I watch? Will it have me yelling at the TV? 9mo
diovival @AlaMich Ha! Please report back it you do! 9mo
Mdargusch I‘m guessing it might have the original because it was old and in black and white. 9mo
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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales | Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
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Surprise library book sale on campus today!!! I picked up 8 books FOR. ONE. DOLLAR. I would moonwalk if I could. 🙏 🙌 #bookhaul #fillabag

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Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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The perfect lunch almost always involves a book. #lunchtimereading

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Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

"When the horseflies came you had to dive. She dove."

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"I had dinner with him last night, and he was crowing over me. He was pitying me, the sap. Sackett and I are enemies. We are the friendliest enemies that ever were. He'd sell his soul to the devil to put something over on me, and I'd do the same for him." #frenemies