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How the Invention of the Alphabet Usurped Female Power in Society and Sparked the Rise of Patriarchy in Human Culture

The Rosetta Stone may be one of the 100 diagrams that changed the world and language may have propelled our evolution, but the invention of the written word was not without its costs. As Sophocles wisely observed, “nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” That curse is what <b>Leonard</b> …

Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> — prolific author, champion of the creative life, disciplined writer, sage of literature — is one of the greatest storytellers of our time. At TED 2014 in Vancouver, he hosted a semi-secret late-night event where he read a ghost story and a brilliant short essay titled <b>“Ghost in the</b> …

Salvador Dalí’s Sinister and Sensual Paintings for Dante’s “Divine Comedy”

Something magical happens when a prominent artist interprets a literary classic visually, from William Blake’s paintings for Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i> to Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek comedy to Matisse’s 1935 etchings for <i>Ulysses</i>. But the celebrated artist most prolific in …

Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion

In 1958, five years after his transcendent experience induced by taking four-tenths of a gram of mescalin, <b>Aldous Huxley</b> (July, 26 1894–November 22, 1963) — legendary author of <i>Brave New World</i>, lesser-known but no less compelling writer of children’s books, modern prophet — penned an essay titled</b> …

The Science of How Memory Works

<i>“Whatever becomes of [old memories], in the long intervals of consciousness?”</i> Henry James wistfully pondered upon turning fifty. <i>“They are like the lines of a letter written in sympathetic ink; hold the letter to the fire for a while and the grateful warmth brings out the invisible words.”</i> James was …