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10 Latin Phrases People Pretend to Understand

<b>By Kevin Fleming</b><p>Whether you're deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. …

Robin Williams

The Diffusion of Useful Ignorance: Thoreau on the Hubris of Our Knowledge and the Transcendent Humility of Not-Knowing

“My desire for knowledge is intermittent, but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.”<p>A century and a half before the wise and wonderful Wendell Berry championed the way of ignorance, long before Jacob Bronowski admonished against the dark side of …

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau on Libraries and His Ideal Sanctuary for Books

“Those old books suggested a certain fertility … as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in.”<p><i>“We have an obligation to support libraries,”</i> Neil Gaiman asserted in contemplating our responsibilities to the written word, adding: <i>“If you do not value libraries then you do not value</i> …

Are Writers Born or Made? Jack Kerouac on the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

<i>“All of us, we’re links in a chain,”</i> Pete Seeger observed in pondering the nature of creative work. Mark Twain put it much less mildly in his lively letter of solidarity to Helen Keller: <i>“Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and</i> …

Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us

Celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover <b>Umberto Eco</b> has had a long fascination with the symbolic and the metaphorical, extending all the way back to his vintage semiotic children’s books. Half a century later, he revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical …

I am very real

Since first being published in 1967, and despite being considered one of the great modern novels, Kurt Vonnegut’s time-hopping, …

Everything comes to an end

On November 9th of 2004, Stieg Larsson — journalist and author of the posthumously published Millennium series of novels, the first of which was The …

TEDs Controversy - 3 Threatening Talks They Tried to Censor

Nobody can ignore TED, a powerhouse of fast, mind-blowing and paradigm breaking talks that last around 20 minutes. Experts in diverse fields such as …

Go On A Blind Date... With A Book

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover — but what about the title, author and plot? In a bid to lure customers back from the ebook market, …

J by Howard Jacobson review – the British dystopian novel of our time?

In his 1982 book <i>Nature and Madness</i>, American ecologist Paul Shepard remarked: "The only society more frightful than one run by children, as in William Golding's <i>Lord of the Flies</i>, might be one run by childish adults." Discussing how our own society infantilises its citizens, he lists "fear of …

25 Books That Define Cool

Let’s abandon the childish notion that reading isn’t cool. We’re grown men here and reading happens to be one of the many ways we enjoy spending a …

Literature

Why the Sky and the Ocean Are Blue: Rebecca Solnit on the Color of Distance and Desire

<i>“To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats,”</i> the poet Archibald MacLeish wrote after Apollo 8’s legendary “Earthrise” photograph made its debut in 1968, <i>“is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together, brothers on that bright</i> …

Maya Angelou on Courage and Facing Evil

In 1982, nearly a decade after their spectacular conversation about freedom, beloved poet, memoirist, dramatist, actor, producer, filmmaker, and civil rights activist <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) and celebrated interviewer Bill Moyers traveled together to the beautiful Texas countryside …

Enchanting Trio of Treehouses Each Have a Uniquely Cozy Feel

Atlanta, Georgia-based environmentalist Peter Bahouth grew up having a treehouse and has fond memories of it. As an adult, he wanted to recreate this special place, so he partnered with local builder Nick Hobbs to design and construct his vision. Bahouth had previously purchased a lot of land next …

Treehouses

Making a Jumanji Board by Hand

Cue the tribal drumming for this incredible replica of the <i>Jumanji</i> game board used in the 1995 movie starring Robin Williams. Prop maker Gemma Wright made the game board by hand, including every possible detail. The process included carving wooden details, as well as wooden hinges, casting resin in …

Ghost on the Horizon: exploring unseen spaces with the Leica M240

This "<i>Ghost on the Horizon: exploring unseen spaces with the Leica M240"</i> article is written by Jonathan Castellino (Website | Flickr | Facebook):<p>I …

Compelling Portraits of People Who Live Alone in the Forest

While most people all over the world live in a community with others around them, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko captures those that choose to turn their backs on this lifestyle. His compelling series <i>Escape</i> documents people who instead live a solitary existence in the wilderness. They make …

The perfect Proust translation – but not for purists

In the anniversary year of the outbreak of the first world war, it is apt to look at Proust's <i>A la Recherche du Temps Perdu</i>. It was written before, during and after the war, its volumes appearing from 1913 to 1927. Its first translator was CK Scott Moncrieff, a man who was in many ways similar to …

The Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

Apart from inspiring a slew of deranged Halloween costumes, Donnie Darko also offers some very valuable lessons about literature. No, I’m not talking …

15 Words And Phrases You're Probably Saying Incorrectly

Whatever the reason, we've bastardized parts of the English language.<p>The 15 word and phrases below often come out incorrectly. Let's set the record straight.<p><b>1. For all "intents and purposes" — not for all "intensive purposes"</b><p>If you say "for all intensive purposes," you mean "for all these very …

Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer

<i>“Unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut,”</i> <b>Charles Bukowski</b> (August 16, 1920–March 9, 1994) wrote in his famous poem about what it takes to be a writer, <i>“don’t do it.”</i> But Bukowski himself was a late bloomer in the journey of finding one’s purpose, as his …

A Field Guide to Getting Lost: Rebecca Solnit on How We Find Ourselves

<i>“On how one orients himself to the moment,”</i> Henry Miller wrote in reflecting on the art of living, <i>“depends the failure or fruitfulness of it.”</i> Indeed, this act of orienting ourselves — to the moment, to the world, to our own selves — is perhaps the most elusive art of all, and our attempts to …

Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writers, Penned in a Letter to His Lover and Muse

More than a century before Elmore Leonard’s ten rules of writing inspired similar sets of commandments by Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, and Margaret Atwood, one of humanity’s greatest minds did precisely that. Between August 8 and August 24 of 1882, <b>Friedrich Nietzsche</b> set down ten stylistic rules of …