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Ten Book Recommendations From Daphne Guinness, As Culled From Her Twitter

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Along with her current location, artful self-portraits, and responses to feverish fans, Daphne Guinness often tweets uncredited strands of poetry or quotes. In order to shed light on the ever-fascinating landscape of her mind (or at least what she might be browsing on a given day), we’ve identified some of her references and compiled a list of books based on some of her micro-blogs since the beginning of the year. If you, too, aspire to hold your own at a dinner table with Bernard-Henri Lévy, then dust off your freshman-year copy of Nietzsche’s collected works and get cracking.

1. The Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam 
March 26, 2012 at 4:57 a.m.: “‘Morning, in the bowl of night, has flung the stone that set the star to flight … ’”   

2. Sohrab and Rustum by Matthew Arnold
March 22, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.: “‘We are all poised on a huge wave of fate, uncertain where we may fall.’” 

3. Maud (Part I) by Lord Alfred Tennyson
March 21, 2012 at 5:33 p.m.: “Catch not my breath, O clamorous heart, let not my tongue be a thrall to mine eye, I must tell it so or else.”

4. The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
March 19, 2012 at 9:14 p.m.: “Mystical explanations are considered deep; the truth is, they are not even shallow.”

5. Lazarus Laughed by Eugene O’Neill
March 11, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.: “Life is for each man, a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.”

6. Madness and Death in Philosophy by Ferit Guven
March 4, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.: “Plato endorses madness, love as madness has to be thought of together with logos, a peculiar manifestation of logos rather than it’s absence.”

7. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
March 4, 2012 at 9:43 p.m.: “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”

8. Adam Bede by George Eliot
February 19, 2012 at 4:24 p.m.: “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine ourselves.”

9. “The Divine Image” from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake
February 15, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.: “Love, the human form divine, peace, the human dress.”

10. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
January 27, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.: “There is a tide in the affairs of men Which taken at the flood, leads to fortune. Omitted all the voyage of their life Is bound in miseries.”

Book Recommendations from Daphne Guinness