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Reading List: Writers Whose Name Sounds Like #Covfefe

Covfefe has been dominating the news-cycle since it was Tweeted in the middle of the night by the 45th US President. 

I saw a post by Hamed Sinno of Lebanese indie band Mashrou Leila sharing a Cavafy poem in response to the tweet and subsequent meme-making. So, making the most out of a bad situation, I tried to find some more authors that sound like Covfefe that you can read instead of Trump's tweets. 

I threw in a thesaurus at the end of the list, so people don't feel they need to make up new words if they run out of the ones they already know.

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The Collected Poems

'A Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe' E. M. Forster E. M. Forster's description of C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) perfectly encapsulates the unique perspective Cavafy brought to bear on history and geography, sexuality and language in his poems. Cavafy writes about people on the periphery, whose religious, ethnic and cultural identities are blurred, and he was one of the pioneers in expressing a specifically homosexual sensibility. His poems present brief and vivid evocations of historical scenes and sensual moments, often infused with his distinctive sense of irony. They have established him as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. This volume presents the most authentic Greek text of the 154 authorized poems ever published, together with a new English translation that conveys the accent and rhythm of Cavafy's individual tone of voice. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Coming into the Country

John Angus McPhee is an American writer, widely considered one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction. He is a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category General Nonfiction and he won that award on the fourth occasion in 1999. In 2008 he received the George Polk Career Award for his "indelible mark on American journalism during his nearly half-century career."

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The Wonderful World of Fifi Lapin

Even the most savvy fashionistas have a lot to learn from the "world's most stylish bunny" (Elle). Indeed, Fifi Lapin a spoiled rotten illustrated rabbit and in-demand fashion blogger knows her couture from her carrots. Her blog of whimsical outfit choices and fashion musings has made her an icon among designers, style bloggers, and thousands of fans worldwide. Here, she reveals the best of her fashion secrets, sharing advice on finding the perfect pair of jeans, layering trends with classics, and crafting personal style without paying couture prices (like she does). With a perfectly pretty cover, hundreds of cute illustrations and runway photos, plus inspiring interviews with top designers such as Anna Sui and Paul Smith, this is every fun-loving girl's go-to guide to looking fabulous every day of the week."

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The Trial

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis - an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life - including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door - becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral.

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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

In THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity - principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. 'Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is the master of them. Buy his book, but most importantly, use it!' - Anthony Robbins, author of UNLIMITED POWER.

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British-Lebanese author and media entrepreneur. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, GQ and Brownbook amongst other places. Author of Our Man in Beirut (2012) and currently working on a ... Show More

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