About MarkButkus

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I like stringing together letters and forming words, thoughts, ideas and more. I like sharing those ideas as well and am thrilled when I read something of yours that moves me to action, to thought, to laughter, to tears. I share some of my thoughts here within the 'stories space' community and invite you to share your thoughts with the Dharma Bums of Barra de Navidad.

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Mark Butkus
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New York, New York, United States
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19 Nov 2019 10:47
Favorite Books:
The journey to my favorite books begins by clicking here... http://www.barnonegroup.com/2011/09/world-book-night-top-100-nominations.html
Favorite Authors:
See the link to my favorite books and you will be privy to my favorite authors as well.
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Topic: Change One Letter
Posted: 28 Oct 2011 06:16

tope

Topic: Whoa...Electric Literature pays a cool $1000 for short stories...:)
Posted: 21 Sep 2011 08:13

Whoa...? How about "Wow!" I am impressed with all the info that you have posted here. Kudos and Cheers my friend. You deserve a drink!

Topic: How did you discover storiesspace.com?
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 13:32

followed a link that led to a forum...which of the 100 greatest books have you read?

Topic: Favorite quotes
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 13:30

Reach for what you cannot.
- Nikos Kazantzakis

Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 13:27

An Anthology of Modern Italian Poetry, in English Translation with Italian Text.
Edited and translated by Ned Condini.

Topic: 'The Guardian' Top 100 Books: What Have You Read?
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 07:54


1. Put an (x) after those you have read.
2. Put (#) those you plan on reading.
3. Put (~) next to those you didn't finish reading for whatever reason.


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling[]
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte []
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot []

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell []
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams []
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame []

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens []
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis []
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen []
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis[]
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini []
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres []
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden []
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins []
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert []
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons []
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth []
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon []
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon []
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt []
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold []
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie []
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens []
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett []
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson []
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome []
78 Germinal - Emile Zola []
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray []
80 Possession - AS Byatt []

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell []
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker []
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro []
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry []
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton []

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery []
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl []
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

There is no accounting for taste. A lot of these titles make me cringe.

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A Prompt

There are one hundred and one famous poems Sitting upon my shelf leather bound Its yellowed pages have not been turned In forever and a day I come across Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his Blessed Damozel Looking for my page, looking for my age and I laid his poem upon my couch...

Added 29 Sep 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 2 | Avg Score 3.5 | Views 651 | 3 Comments

Give Us This Day

Give us this day Our daily bread Give us this day For we, the nearly dead Give us this day The under-appreciated masses Give us this day For hard hats and safety glasses Give us this day Who rise to catch the day's first bus Give us this day Chasing notes that read, "In God We Trust" Give us this day That teach us well, the teachers Give us this day That forgive us all, the preachers Give...

Added 01 May 2013 | Category Poetry | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 800 | 3 Comments

Somehow Brought Up

Somehow brought up on the rules of the game Somehow brought up to the plate Somehow brought up to look straight in the eye Somehow brought up to lead off the base Somehow brought up to field ground balls Somehow brought up to think on the fly Somehow brought up...

Added 20 Nov 2011 | Category Poetry | Votes 3 | Avg Score 4 | Views 756 | 3 Comments

Fading Faces of Morocco

Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca never left the backlot Kerouac and Ginsberg in Tangiers where Allen discovered America and Jack his desolate angels Crosby, Stills and Nash on the Marrakech Express but only one rode the train through the night Fagen and Becker and The Fez borrowed a dildo from Burroughs lunch Canetti had his voices and his prize Homer had his monkey's paw ...

Added 25 Oct 2011 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 747 | 9 Comments

Sunset Amy

As Sunset Amy dips into the sea She rises in my heart A tentative summer's smile An autumn's first kiss farewell We awkwardly said, "Hello" Proclaimed proudly from atop the Alondra Hotel Barra de Navidad stops to watch As Sunset Amy dips into the sea She rises in...

Added 20 Oct 2011 | Category Poetry | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.25 | Views 864 | 3 Comments

Ode to Harry's Bar

This, sure as Hell is not Harry's Bar in Puerto Vallarta where trannies and hookers drink for free on ladies night This, sure as Hell is not Harry's Bar in Puerto Vallarta where I have spent my New Year's Eve This, ain't even Harry's Bar in Firenze, Italy where Hemingway hacks would flock for a weekend This, is Harry's Bar! That, is my Bellini! These, are my memories of...

Added 25 Jul 2011 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.4 | Views 2,116 | 6 Comments

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

The ice is drinking my Absinthe Ethereal worms dance in my glass I have to improvise while wearing spats My TV is wearing a Hawaiian shirt (it's red if you are into details) and speaks to me only in Italian I'm tempted to tell it that Absinthe is French but I'd feel silly talking to a box with electrodes  - Do those even exist in the 21st century? The ice is drinking my Absinthe It has...

Added 10 Jul 2011 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,065 | 11 Comments

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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
20 Oct 2019 00:20
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
20 Oct 2014 00:30
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Hey Mark...stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming New Year...
24 Dec 2013 21:59
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
20 Oct 2013 00:30
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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
19 Oct 2012 18:26
DirtyMartini
Hey Mark...dropped by to say Hello, and remind you Christmas is just a week away...what's in Santa's pipe anyway? Probably some good stuff...Makes you wonder why he's such a jolly guy...
17 Dec 2011 23:06
DirtyMartini
Hope you had plenty of turkey on Thanksgiving...it is a tradition, after all...
24 Nov 2011 21:52
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