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  • JFK called Hitler 'the stuff of legends': Secret diary reveals future president's fascination with…

    03/22/2017 6:27:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:55 EDT, 22 March 2017 | DailyMail.com Reporter
    John F. Kennedy referred to Adolf Hitler as having “the stuff of which legends are made” in a diary entry written shortly after visiting Germany in 1945. Kennedy, then a fresh-faced 28-year-old, traveled to Hitler’s bomb-ravaged Bavarian Berghof residence and Eagle’s Nest mountain retreat during a tour of Germany while serving as a war correspondent for Hearst newspapers. And now excerpts from the diary, which were revealed by People Magazine, have shed light on just how the man who would become president thought about the genocidal German leader. “You can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will...
  • Jane Austen Has Alt-Right Fans? Heavens to Darcy!

    03/21/2017 7:34:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Jennifer Scherssler
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anyone in want of attention could do worse than take possession of Jane Austen. We’ve already had Austen and zombies, Austen and game theory, Austen and guinea pigs. Now, a scholar has offered another spit-take-inducing pairing: Jane Austen and the alt-right.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 3-20-17)

    03/20/2017 2:26:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 3-20-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • ICYMI: Harvard Thinks Reading Chaucer Together is Lit

    03/18/2017 5:26:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | MAR 7 2017 | Brandon J. Dixon
    You ever have one of those days when you can’t quite tell if something is satire or not? That’s what we’re going through right now. Normally you can check the source’s url—if it’s the Onion or some other funny-sounding publication, you can write it off as a joke and move on. But what happens when the source is the most prestigious university in the world? In case you missed it, the College’s Implementation Committee for the Policy on Membership in Single Gender Social Organizations (oh god we’re never writing that again) released its recommendations today. If you’re looking for a...
  • ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author leaving Silicon Valley for the Ohio featured in his memoir

    03/17/2017 1:14:53 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
    Vance announced in January, and details in a New York Times op-ed this week, his plan to transplant his native Californian wife and himself from Silicon Valley back to his home state of Ohio. They’ve picked Columbus as a desirable location (with a big enough airport) as Vance operates a new organization focused on combating opioid abuse in the state.
  • Chelsea Clinton announces new picture book, She Persisted

    03/16/2017 9:35:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | March 16, 2017 | Nivea Serrao
    Count Chelsea Clinton among the many people whom Elizabeth Warren inspired when she refused to be silenced in the Senate. Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, is writing a new children’s picture book showcasing inspirational women in American history, EW can exclusively announce. The book is titled She Persisted — a callback to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s defense after the Senate silenced Warren.
  • State Ordered to Provide Disabled Inmate with Motorized Wheelchair

    03/15/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - Denying an inmate a motorized wheelchair is discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, a federal judge has ruled. Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision...failed to show that there were such safety risks in giving Nathaniel Wright the electric wheelchair that they outweighed his right to have the device.... Wright, 55, will complete a five-year sentence from Monroe County for first-degree sexual abuse next month.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 3-13-17)

    03/12/2017 7:19:16 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 3-13-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Hitler Painting on Show for First Time at Italy Museum

    03/12/2017 4:01:25 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 69 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-10-2017 | Staff
    The exhibition's curator sees little artistic merit in the undated painting. "It's a piece of crap," says curator Vittorio Sgarbi. "It's a painting by a hopeless man, it could have been done by Kafka, it says a lot about his psyche: here you do not see greatness, you see misery." Hitler famously applied to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in the 1900s but was rejected twice. Despite being considered a mediocre artist, his work has fetched considerable sums at auction in recent years.
  • Margaret Atwood connects 'The Handmaid's Tale' to current politics

    03/11/2017 5:51:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | March 10, 2017 | Christian Holub
    Margaret Atwood is speaking out about the political relevance of her book The Handmaid's Tale in the era of Donald Trump's presidency. Her 1985 novel, which has been adapted into a series that will debut April 26 on Hulu, is set in the near-future and tells the story of Offred (played in the series by Elisabeth Moss), a woman pressed into service as a handmaid to a member of the ruling elite in a world where fertility is rare, making it her sole job to reproduce.
  • Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller dies, 77

    03/10/2017 12:28:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 10, 2017
    Robert James Waller, the author of best-selling book The Bridges of Madison County, has died in Texas at the age of 77, his agency said. Waller published seven books, but Bridges was his most famous, selling 12 million copies in 35 languages. The romantic novel was adapted into a 1995 film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in the role.
  • Hayley Atwell covers up in a checked shirt and button-up maxi skirt as she is spotted [tr]

    03/10/2017 11:53:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2017 | Emily Chan
    She is best known for her role as Peggy Carter in the Captain America movies - as well as the hit television follow-up. But Hayley Atwell has now taken on another period role, filming scenes for the glamorous BBC adaptation of E.M. Forster's 1910 novel Howards End. The 34-year-old covered up in a checked red shirt and black button-up maxi skirt as she was spotted in costume for the first time in her role as Margaret.
  • Blank Book Titled ‘Reasons to Vote for Democrats’ Tops Amazon Bestseller List

    03/09/2017 9:08:38 PM PST · by bigbob · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-8-17 | Michael J Knowles
    One of the top selling new books on Amazon.com is entitled, Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide. It purports to list all the many reasons why Americans should vote for Democrats. The book is a fast read, though, as buyers will quickly discover that after its table of contents, the book is filled with blank pages. On its Amazon.com page, the new book “written” by Michael J. Knowles, the managing editor at the Daily Wire, is described as the “most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date.” Conservative writer Ben Shapiro endorsed the 266-page book...
  • 'Many people were saying, "It can't happen here." Now, not so much': .....(BARF)...

    03/09/2017 1:28:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 8, 2017 | Carly Stern For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: 'Many people were saying, "It can't happen here." Now, not so much': The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood warns the US is growing more and more like her dystopian society Margaret Atwood, who authored the award-winning novel The Handmaid's Tale in 1985, has spoken out to say that the US is growing ever closer to the once-unimaginable dystopian society portrayed in her book. The 77-year-old Canadian author is gearing up for the debut of a new on-screen adaption of her novel, which is set to air on Hulu next month and stars Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss. In anticipation...
  • Former CBS anchor Dan Rather writing book on patriotism [cataclysmic barf]

    03/09/2017 10:07:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2017 10:59 AM EST | Hillel Italie
    Dan Rather, the former CBS anchor who has become a prominent voice against President Donald Trump, is working on a book about patriotism. Rather’s “What Unites Us” will be published Nov. 7 by Algonquin Books, the publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday. The book is a collection of essays about topics ranging from civil rights to schools and libraries and what it means to be an American. Rather’s previous works include the memoirs “Rather Outspoken” and “I Remember.” …
  • Classical (Music) so white and male: Time is overdue for diversity

    03/08/2017 7:45:45 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 92 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | 3-7-2017 | Joshua Kosman
    While organizations in other artistic fields — theater, literature, the visual arts — attempt, however haltingly and imperfectly, to broaden the scope of their activities to include a range of creative voices and life experiences, the leadership in classical music keeps on ignoring the whole subject. The field is just as committed now to the work of white men as it was 100 years ago or more. That’s a very bad look for any cultural organization in 2017. And it’s a particularly bad look for a field that needs to be thinking seriously about how far the traditional models can...
  • Long Overdue: Why Public Libraries are Finally Eliminating the Late-Return Jine.

    03/06/2017 8:32:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Slate ^ | February 2017 | Ruth Graham
    In 1906, a reporter for the Detroit Free Press described a scene that had become all too common at the city’s public libraries. A child hands an overdue book to a stern librarian perched behind a desk, and with a “sinister expression,” the librarian demands payment of a late fine. In some cases, the child grumbles and pays the penny or two. But in others—often at the city’s smaller, poorer library branches—the offender cannot pay, and his borrowing privileges are revoked. “Scarcely a day passes but it does not leave its record of tears and sighs and vain regrets in...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 3-6-17)

    03/06/2017 1:06:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 3-6-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Emily Blunt looks elegant in the most delightful way...shooting scenes for Mary Poppins [tr]

    03/06/2017 10:04:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2017 | Ryan Smith and Lisa McLoughlin
    Disney's original Mary Poppins has long been an enduring classic - watched repeatedly by fans the world over - since it was first released in 1964. And there's big hopes that Emily Blunt will enjoy similar success with her starring turn in Mary Poppins Returns, which will see her taking over the reins from Dame Julie Andrews. On Sunday, the 34-year-old actress was spotted shooting the for a third day, as she took to the streets of central London in a red 1930s-inspired tailored jacket and coordinating midi skirt.
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed, a Book Review

    03/06/2017 5:30:31 AM PST · by tbw2 · 18 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 03/05/2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" is a book by Jon Ronson that goes back to visit the victims of various internet shaming scandals, as well as studies the survivors of older scandals, psychologists who discuss the long term impact of seeming rejection by society and recovery methods for individuals and society as a whole.
  • David Mamet Finds God, Still Searches For Inspiration

    03/04/2017 1:39:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Forward ^ | March 1, 2017 | Jesse Oxfeld
    David Mamet has written a new play, and, unlike his last three new ones produced in New York, it is not offensively bad. It is merely not at all good. That’s not quite true. It is potentially, slightly, maybe a little bit good. It is centered on a kernel of a good and interesting idea: What is it like to be the psychiatrist of a man who commits a heinous crime? And what effect will that crime have on the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist’s family, the psychiatrist’s life? That is the crux of “The Penitent,” which opened last night at the...
  • Gloria Steinem: Women Have ‘Chick Flicks.’ What About Men?

    03/02/2017 6:04:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2017 | Gloria Steinman
    I was on a flight from New York to Seattle recently when a long delay on the tarmac prompted the airline to offer us a free movie. As the flight attendant read the choices aloud, a young man across the aisle said, “I don’t watch chick flicks!” I knew what he meant, and so did the woman sitting next to me. A “chick flick” is one that has more dialogue than car chases, more relationships than special effects, and whose suspense comes more from how people live than from how they get killed. I wasn’t challenging his preference, but I...
  • Barack and Michelle Obama agree Penguin Random House book deal [$60 MM]

    03/01/2017 11:50:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    BBC ^ | March 1, 2017 | Staff
    Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have agreed a book deal with Penguin Random House. "The company has acquired world publication rights for two books, to be written by President and Mrs Obama respectively," the publisher said. Titles and other details have not been disclosed but the deal is believed to be worth over $60m (£48m).
  • Barack and Michelle Obama each have book deals

    03/01/2017 8:03:35 AM PST · by simpson96 · 34 replies
    Assocaited Press ^ | 2/28/2017 | Hillel Italie
    <p>The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars.</p>
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of 2-27-17)

    02/27/2017 2:04:16 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-27-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Eminent Gustav Mahler Scholar Henry-Louis de La Grange Has Died

    02/24/2017 10:07:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    French musicologist and biographer Henry-Louis de La Grange has passed away in Lonay, Switzerland - aged 92 A graduate of the Aix-en-Provence University and Yale University School of Music where he studied under Nadia Boulanger, he will be remembered for his epic four-volume comprehensive biography of composer Gustav Mahler. He served as long-standing President of the Gustav Mahler Musical Library in Paris, and since first hearing a Mahler symphony in 1945 is said to have devoted the rest of his life to researching every detail of the Austrian composer’s life.
  • Is Howards End the new Downton Abbey? Fans go wild over the VERY glamorous and star-studded [tr]

    02/24/2017 6:32:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2017 | Bianca London
    If you're looking for a gripping new TV series with a superstar cast and a hefty dose of drama, an upcoming BBC 2 show could be just the ticket. TV aficionados are going wild on Twitter for the upcoming TV adaptation of E.M. Forster's 1910 novel, Howards End. The dark TV drama explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the tales of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts.
  • Geordie Put-Downs: The Wittiest North East Ways to Put You in Your Place

    02/22/2017 9:27:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    ChronicleLive ^ | 21 FEB 2017 | BYSARA NICHOL
    Geordies are known to be some of the friendliest people on the planet but, get on our nerves, and we can quickly put you in your place. It’s been confirmed Tyneside was the birth place of the word ‘charva’ and you can barely walk through Toon on a Friday night without hearing someone being described as a ‘workyticket’. Here’s a look at some of the best Geordie put-downs. Charva/Charv Usage: “How man, have a deek at them charvas gannin’ radgie owa there”. It’s basically the Geordie word for ‘chav’. The Oxford English Dictionary’s online service confirmed the term was born...
  • Vladimir Nabokov was such a jerk

    02/22/2017 7:16:01 AM PST · by Borges · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | DECEMBER 02, 2016 | Alex Beam
    To know Vladimir Nabokov is not to love him. When Nabokov died in 1977, The New York Times hailed him as “a giant in the world of literature.” Two of his novels, “Lolita” and “Pale Fire,” landed on the Modern Library’s 1998 list of the best English novels of the 20th century. His legions of fans regard Nabokov’s failure to win a Nobel Prize as one of the great literary travesties of the 20th century. Only now, 40 years after his death, are some critics daring to suggest that many of his 18 novels are mediocre at best and that...
  • Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

    02/22/2017 4:54:17 AM PST · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/21/2017 | Glen Weldon
    A literary treasure buried for more than a century has been unearthed by Zachary Turpin, a grad student at the University of Houston. It's a work of short fiction: a 36,000-word novella published anonymously, in six parts, in a New York newspaper in 1852. The discursive nature of the manuscript's full title — Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters — places it squarely in its literary era, as does its subtitle, A Story of New York at the Present Time. The find was announced on Monday as the full...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-20-17)

    02/20/2017 3:23:23 AM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-20-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Piers Morgan With Tucker Carlson: "J.K. Rowling Is a Serial Loser" Virtue Signalling Celebrities

    02/18/2017 4:23:16 PM PST · by tony75034 · 16 replies
    whatfinger.com ^ | 2/18/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    TV personality Piers Morgan and author J.K. Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. Tucker had Piers on for the discussion. He called her work "drivel" and she called him "amoral" after Piers Morgan defended the U.S. government's travel ban during an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday. A flurry of tweets between Rowling and Morgan followed. J.K. Rowling is simply one of the fake celebrities and wealthy who need to shut the hell up or put up. She is a virtue signalling celebrity who need to shut the hell up. See report on...
  • Travels in Siberia"

    02/18/2017 7:57:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 30 jan 2017 | Ian Frazier
    I suggest reading " Conan the Librarian I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you! A comfortable homage to Mother Russia. A Siberian travelogue. A collection interesting fragments of Russian history. Years ago, when reading "The Castle" by Kafka, I realized I do not like the protagonist (K), and will spend no more time with him. In this book 99% of the characters are quite likeable, and fun to be with. I learned of the tragedy of the Decembrist friends, Officers Novosiltsov and Chernov duel. "Each man fired to kill;each mortally wounded the other. Afterward, from their deathbeds, each man sent a...
  • New audiobook release: The Challenge of Waste, by Stuart Chase

    02/18/2017 6:59:21 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    It's that time again, another audiobook has been finalized and ready for download. The Challenge of WasteWhat's interesting about this 1922 book, is that Stuart Chase, who would a decade later coin the term "New Deal" and be an adviser to FDR, based much of his opinions for this book on a study about waste which was commissioned by Herbert Hoover. That's because Hoover himself didn't stop being a progressive until seeing his own failures as president and Franklin Roosevelt doubling down on what clearly did not work. Hoover, like any other early 20th century progressive, was utterly obsessed with...
  • Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89

    02/18/2017 3:01:52 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    GPBnews ^ | Colin Dwyer
    Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89 Colin Dwyer Dick Bruna at the opening of his 2005 exhibit of Miffy creations in the Hague. Bruna's iconic white rabbit proved to be popular worldwide. Miffy the rabbit seems quite simple. Two black dots for eyes, a sideways X for a mouth, a body inked in gentle curves — the artistry of Dick Bruna's creation rests precisely in its apparent artlessness. And in the six decades since Miffy was first put to page, Bruna's venerable rabbit has earned the affection of young fans worldwide, the admiration...
  • Why Thomas Hardy, Not Jane Austen, Is a Better Guide to Love

    02/16/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Accultured ^ | February 14, 2017 | Sarah Gustafson
    Valentine’s Day is here, and with it, the usual slew of literary and pop culture reminders of what love does to us. Pick your poison—Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, the Brontes, Old Hollywood, 90s rom coms, BBC bodice rippers—we are saturated by reminders that a rewarding life includes a worthy, rewarding and, above all, romantic relationship. I don’t hate the romantic canon. But I want to convince you that we should broaden it by reviving an underrated masterpiece: Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. (The novel has also been made into a beautiful movie, although, full disclosure, I’ve not seen...
  • 'Words can't describe how excited I am about the new Philip Pullman books': [tr]

    02/15/2017 6:26:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Keiligh Baker
    His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has announced he will release the long-awaited follow-up to the popular trilogy - sparking an online frenzy from his delighted fans. The next trilogy of books, which the Cambridge-based writer describes as an 'equel' rather than a prequel or sequel, begins with The Book Of Dust which will be published on October 19 by Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books.
  • Nobody is Talking about Chelsea Clinton’s New Book, Including Chelsea Clinton

    02/15/2017 6:13:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Heat Street ^ | February 14, 2017 | Tom Teodorczuk
    Last week a new book was published co-written by Chelsea Clinton and entitled Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? Almost no one is buying the Clinton title, co-authored by Devi Sridhar, a Global Public Health Professor at the University of Edinburgh. It currently stands at No. 74,374 on the Amazon Bestsellers Chart.
  • The Ayn Rand in Donald Trump: The Virtue of America First

    02/15/2017 6:08:44 AM PST · by whodathunkit · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 13, 2017 | Arnold Steinberg
    The evolving foreign policy of Donald Trump is an unintended reincarnation of Ayn Rand. When he says “America First,” he is effectively saying that the United States should act in what Rand would call its “rational self-interest.” Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) was founded forty-one years before the 9/11 attack on America, that is, on September 11, 1960 at the Buckley estate, Great Elm. Its founding document ended: “That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?” Not the United Nations or the Third World, but only the U.S....
  • Is My Novel Offensive? How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing [tr]

    02/14/2017 6:44:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Slate ^ | February 8, 2017 | Katy Waldman
    When Becky Albertalli published her first young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with the HarperCollins imprint Balzer and Bray in 2015, she never expected it to be controversial. She’d worked for years as a clinical psychologist specializing in gender nonconforming children and LGBTQ teens and adults.* Yet her book—about a closeted gay kid whose love notes to a classmate fall into the wrong hands—contained a moment that rubbed readers the wrong way: Simon, the sweet but clueless protagonist, muses that girls have an easier time coming out than boys, because their lesbianism strikes others as alluring. At...
  • Firing Line Broadcasts

    02/14/2017 1:37:34 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    From 1966 to 1999, the television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day. The broadcast collection includes administrative files, program preparation materials, photographs, transcripts, sound recordings, and videotape copies of the 1,505 programs. Preface With 1,504 installments over 33 years, Firing Line is the longest-running public-affairs show in television history with a single host, William F. Buckley Jr. The Firing Line archives consist of: tapes of all the shows; transcripts of all the shows; for about two-thirds of the shows, the...
  • My List Of The 25 Landmarks Of World Literature

    02/13/2017 11:09:14 PM PST · by goldstategop · 97 replies
    1. Iliad 2. Odyssey 3. Bible 4. Dialogues Of Plato 5. Ethics Aristotle 6. Politics Aristotle 7. Voyage Of Argo Apolonius Of Rhodes 8. Metamorphoses Ovid 9. Aeneid Virgil 10. City Of God Augustine 11. Summa Theologica Thomas 12. Divine Comedy Dante 13. Decameron Boccacio 14. Essays Montaigne 15. Don Quixote Cervantes 16. Complete Works Shakespeare 17. Pensees Pascal 18. Wealth Of Nations Smith 19. Federalist Hamilton 20. Communist Manifesto Marx and Engels 21. Les Miserables Hugo 22. War And Peace Tolstoy 23. Ulysses Joyce 24. In Search Of Lost Time Proust 25. Lord Of The Rings Tolkien
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-13-17)

    02/13/2017 1:42:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-13-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • -How Norman Mailer helped free a killer from prison, only for him to strike again (Moral Narcissist)

    02/11/2017 3:15:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 02/11/2017 | Sherryl Connelly
    n 1981, Norman Mailer threw the heft of his towering celebrity into freeing a convicted murderer and likely psychopath named Jack Henry Abbott. Six weeks later, Richard Adan, a 22-year-old aspiring playwright, slumped to his death in a Bowery alley. Abbott, by then a darling of literary New York, had sliced the man’s heart nearly in two. The new book “Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s ‘The Executioner’s Song’” compellingly revisits the ugly story. Author Jerome Loving, a distinguished professor of literature at Texas A&M and a Guggenheim Fellow, lays bare every obscene detail.
  • Forbidden Thoughts, a Book Review

    02/11/2017 1:22:11 PM PST · by tbw2 · 5 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 02/10/2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    "Forbidden Thoughts" is a science fiction anthology that starts with a foreword by Milo Yiannapolis before moving on to stories by more than a dozen conservative science fiction authors. What are the pros and cons of this conservative scifi book?
  • The Library of Babel and the Information Explosion

    02/11/2017 10:34:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Jan 19, 2017
    That’s Maths: Mathematical concepts influenced the structure and style of many of Jorge Luis Borges’ short stories The world has been transformed by the internet. Google, founded just 20 years ago, is a major force in online information. The company name is a misspelt version of “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. This name echoes the vast quantities of information available through the search engines of the company. Long before the internet, the renowned Argentine writer, poet, translator and literary critic Jorge Luis Borges envisaged the universe as a vast information bank in the form of a...
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • Vonnegut, Heinlein, Kipling, and Others Battle It Out for a Libertarian Award

    02/10/2017 1:51:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | |Jan. 17, 2017 | Jesse Walker
    Finalists for a libertarian literary prizeThe Libertarian Futurist Society has announced its finalists for this year's Hall of Fame award. This is one of two prizes the group gives out annually: The Prometheus Award honors the best libertarian-themed novel of the past year, while the Hall of Fame Award goes to libertarian fiction that first appeared at least half a decade ago. The focus is on science fiction—hence that word "Futurist"—but non-sf works are occasionally added to the mix. (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Fountainhead have both been nominated for the Hall of Fame in the past,...
  • Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Art: Lockwood Kipling Emerges From His Son Rudyard's Shadow

    02/09/2017 8:35:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2017 | Alistair Smart
    Mr Kipling's exceedingly good art: Lockwood Kipling emerges from his son Rudyard's shadow in the V&A's splendid new exhibitionVictoria & Albert Museum, LondonUntil April 2 You certainly wouldn’t call Lockwood Kip­ling a household name. If he’s remembered at all, it tends to be incidentally: as father of the Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard. A splendid new exhibition at the V&A, however, reveals what an interesting Victorian ­figure he was in his own right. Born in 1837, Lockwood was the son of a Methodist minister, but – inspired by a teenage visit to the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace – he opted...
  • Islamic, un-Islamic, or Islamist?

    02/09/2017 3:36:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Minda News ^ | Mansoor L Limba
    MARGINALIA: Islamic, un-Islamic, or Islamist? By MANSOOR L. LIMBA - JANUARY 19, 2017 MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /19 January) – At the sideline of a peace-building symposium-workshop at the height of the national electoral campaign period last year, the casual conversation between two long-time friends, a Muslim NGO worker and a Mindanao-based non-Muslim journalist, turned into a heated argument over an ‘accurate’ descriptive word for such groups as the Abu Sayyaf Group and others. The NGO worker protested against the journalist’s use of the term ‘Islamic extremism’ to describe such groups or their activities. “They cannot be ‘Islamic’ because what they...