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#1906 hobglobin

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:13 AM

Franzen's The Corrections?
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:02 AM

No... (your favorite reply from me, I know Posted Image )

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1908 hobglobin

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

The Hunger game stuff?
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1909 Tabaluga

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 09:37 AM

No. Small clue: its 21st century but maybe that this info may be a bit misleading as the author is surely associated with the 20th century first and foremost.

Edited by Tabaluga, 09 July 2013 - 09:37 AM.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1910 casandra

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

how about Markus Zusak's The Book Thief? It's got a character named Max (the jewish boy they hid in the basement) but Death narrates the story so I doubt if he and Max would be talking about girlfriends and tennis...that's just to fish for more clues...:lol:
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#1911 Tabaluga

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:46 AM

No, and as a further clue: The Max in the quote is (or rather was) a very real person.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

Max Planck or Max Ophüls?
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1913 Tabaluga

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:07 PM

No, but this Max was also famous and buildings were named after him :)

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1914 hobglobin

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:20 PM

Max Delbrück? I only know germans called Max...but no novel with them
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1915 Tabaluga

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 12:28 PM

yes, finally. But Max Delbrück (I mean the biophysicist, not his uncle the chemist) worked most of his time in the US, and our controversial author is from there too. Think about who he has worked with there, and the answer should not escape your notice Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 05:17 AM

so this quote isn't about a tennis player... hmm, is it something by george gamow?

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 05:52 AM

No (and nothing to do with tennis)... and I can only emphasize again that I am sure if you think about Delbrück's famous work colleagues, the answer will not escape your notice Posted Image

Edited by Tabaluga, 10 July 2013 - 06:45 AM.

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1918 hobglobin

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:20 AM

I'd think of a(n) (auto-)biography from Watson or Crick. Watson's Avoid Boring People was very controversial a few years ago. Delbrück knew them at least and had to do with them
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:30 AM

Yes, it's from Watson's "Avoid Boring People". And he's certainly controversial not only because of the ongoing debate on the Franklin issue (at least she got more credit in recent years) but first and foremost because of his racist remarks which made him have to step down from his top CSHL position. I came across the book recently and read a bit around...he really thinks highly of himself too, this Watson Posted Image
Did you get the hint with "the answer should not escape your notice" ? Posted Image

Your turn hobglobin...

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1920 hobglobin

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 07:40 AM

nope, and that made me almost to avoid posting this Posted Image . and well the dude might be a bit too old or better senile now Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.




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