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Walkaway

34 Yellow highlight | Location: 195 “You don’t charge for them or anything?” A long look. “Communist party, remember?” “Yeah, but, how do you eat and stuff?” She shrugged. “Here and there. This and that. Kindness of strangers.” Yellow highlight | Location: 365 Seth said, “It’s the ultimate self-deception. Like they’re going to be able to change anything with a paycheck. If a paycheck could change your life, do you think they’d let you have one?” Yellow highlight | Location: 770 There were as many walkaway FAQs as walkaways. The impulse to walk away was bound up with the urge to write Thoreauvian memoirs about societal malaise and the tradecraft of going off-grid in the...

Radicalized

8 Yellow highlight | Location: 64 For my parents: Roz and Gord Doctorow, who taught me why we fight, and not to give up. This isn’t the kind of fight we win, it’s the kind of fight we fight. Yellow highlight | Location: 81 Socials Yellow highlight | Location: 140 randos Yellow highlight | Location: 516 “You see, if someone wants to control you with a computer, they have to put the computer where you are, and they are not, and so you can access that computer without supervision. A computer you can access without supervision is a computer you can change, because all these computers are the same, deep down. When you get down to the...

VALIS

14 hihglights Yellow highlight | Page: 20 The universe makes certain decisions and on the basis of those decisions some people live and some people die. This is a harsh law. Yellow highlight | Page: 26 ‘If God can do anything can he create a ditch so wide he can’t jump over it?’ Yellow highlight | Page: 36 His cynical grin had about it the grin of death; he grinned like a triumphant skull. Yellow highlight | Page: 41 were. Here time turns into space. Wagner began Parsifal in 1845. He died in 1873, long before Hermann Minkowski postulated four-dimensional space-time . The source-basis for Parsifal consisted of Celtic legends, and Wagner’s research into Buddhism for his...

Bandwidth

14 Yellow highlight | Location: 19 To all who taste the cynic’s bitter draft, and instead choose hope. Yellow highlight | Location: 325 “It looks like this is your first time visiting us,” she said. “Go on in, but have a care. Some people find it”—she waggled her head to convey equivocation—“disorienting.” Yellow highlight | Location: 469 When facts won’t do, good lobbyists lie. He held up a thick finger and smiled through his beard. Great lobbyists are like novelists, they use lies to tell a deeper truth. Yellow highlight | Location: 542 He handed over a shot, which Dag accepted reluctantly, then raised his own. “To survival,” he said in his thin, reedy voice. “If you...