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Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

Blinkist: Big ideas in small packages

Discover life-changing ideas<p>With short explainers, you can understand the key ideas from a book in just 15 minutes.<p>Learn on the go with audio<p>With …

Review of “The Last Leaf” by Henry, O.

After reading it, you will agree that the story is about the last masterpiece of a very kind artist.<p>Johnsy, a young artists, gets pneumonia and is at …

Apartment Building

Taking about the book “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger

We know that reading images is easier than reading words. Reading words is a late invention – unfortunately even today there are people that aren’t …

Painting

How Do You Know You Exist? A Mind-Bending Animated Homage to Descartes Exploring the Conundrum of Reality

“When you’re awake, you know you’re awake. But when you aren’t, you don’t know you aren’t.”<p><i>“We don’t need to credit an all-seeing God with the creation of life and matter,”</i> wrote Douglas Rushkoff, <i>“to suspect that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”</i> But what …

A Review of Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy

The main protagonist of this story is Vassili Andreyich Brekhunov, a merchant always ready to seas the moment and great at taking advantage of …

Nikolai

5 Things You Didn't Know About Pablo Picasso

A man who reportedly communicated through drawing before learning the ability to speak and whose first word was pencil, the Spanish "piz," certainly seemed fated to become one of the most recognized artists of his century.<p>Although these particular details may be a bit of exaggerated myth-making …

10 Tales About Incredibly Odd Writers

In the past, we’ve read about famous authors with shocking secrets and writers who take themselves too seriously. However, today we’re focusing on …

The Lord Of The Flies – A Book Review

'The Lord Of The Flies Book Jacket'<p>A Look At William Golding’s Classic Novel ‘The Lord Of The Flies<p>It seems presumptuous that I may offer any …

The 16 Best Dystopian Books Of All Time

Dystopian novels—stories of the horrific future—are so common as to be almost forgettable. Here is a compilation of what I believe are the 16 …

Literature

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

BBC Believes You Only Read 6 of These Books... - How many have you read?

George Eliot

7 Books That Will Change How You See The World

If you’re a human and you have a brain, then you probably like using your brain. And if you like using your brain, then you love having those …

15 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Life

There are some books that are so good, that as soon as you’re done reading them, you can’t wait to recommend it to someone and continually ask them …

8 Books That Were Disliked by Their Own Authors

8 Admired Books That Were Disliked By Their Own Authors<p>Jacob Cashman<p>Read full profile<p>Writing a full-length novel is a labor of love. Most authors who …

Reviewing Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like …

Franz Kafka

The Fall by Albert Camus

May I, monsieur, offer my services without running the risk of intruding?<p>This is how politely Jean-Bap­tiste Clamence introduces himself to you. …

Jean-Baptiste

Book review: Toni Morrison’s ‘Home,’ a restrained but powerful novel

By Ron Charles<p>Ron Charles<p>Critic, Book World<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Toni Morrison doesn’t have to prove anything anymore, and there’s artistic freedom in that calm. Her new novel, “Home,” is a surprisingly unpretentious story from America’s only living Nobel laureate in literature. (The accolades keep …

Five Book Series You Can Delve Into Without Fear

Genre fiction loves its series books, as do genre readers. There's something comforting in slipping back into a world you already know, sometimes with characters you're already familiar with, and plunging into a new adventure.<p>There are dangers that come with reading series books: long waits in …

Reviewing Death with interruptions by Jose Saramago

Death with Interruptions by José Saramago is the third book I have read. The other two being a series: “Blindness” and “Seeing”. Saramango does the …

Responsive scrollable tables

Over six years ago I wrote a short post about preventing HTML tables from becoming too wide. The solutions I offered in that post involve using …

Web Development

Cutting down on vendor prefixes

Most web developers currently use vendor prefixes in CSS to enable certain features in some browsers. That’s fine, but sometimes I see code examples …

CSS

Bruce Lawson's personal site

Matt Wilcox asked “I still don’t bother with <header> <footer> etc. I assume all widely used browsers support them now. But, do they do anything more …

Bruce Lawson's personal site

Stephanie suggests a mechanism of telling a user agent to render a navigation list as a native component, so it looks native across a range of …

Bruce Lawson's personal site

HTML never required an <html>, <head> or <body> element (only XHTML validators did). So if you open test 1 in <i>any</i> browser and view source you’ll see …

Bruce Lawson's personal site

Quite a few people have difficulty understanding the CSS Flexible Box Model, especially the flex-shrink property. Even brainboxes like Remington …

Bruce Lawson's personal site

The alt string can be blank. Assume you’re generating “►” to show that a widget is expandable. Because you’re a lovely human being <i>and</i> a responsible …

10 Pseudo-Science Theories We'd Like to See Retired Forever

Pseudo-science theories are a little like puppies. They're fun, fluffy things to talk about, and most of the time they're harmless. Sometimes, …