Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria


(The Atlantic) – James Somers:

Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them. …

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Burning Library of Alexandria

Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 1 (part 2)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Violence in Verona …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 1 (part 2)

Hidden Figures


(Guardian Books) – Margot Lee Shetterly:

Before a computer became an inanimate object, and before Mission Control landed in Houston; before Sputnik changed the course of history, and before the NACA became NASA; before the supreme court case Brown v Board of Education of Topeka established that separate was in fact not equal, and before the poetry of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech rang out over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Langley’s West Computers were helping America dominate aeronautics, space research and computer technology, carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black, black mathematicians who were also female. For a group of bright and ambitious African American women, diligently prepared for a mathematical career and eager for a crack at the big leagues, Hampton, Virginia, must have felt like the centre of the universe. …

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Margot Lee Shetterly: Hidden Figures

Romeo and Juliet: Act 3, Scene 1 (part 1)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Alright, enough romantic comedy set-up! Let’s get this tragedy on the road! HERE WE GO! …

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 5


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

OK, Friar Laurence! This is your LAST CHANCE to get these two infatuated teenagers to slow down and consider the ramificaitons of their— oh, too late. …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 5

Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 4


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Let’s check back in with Juliet

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 4

Most Likely to Succeed


(New Yorker::Books) – Zoë Heller:

His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, K.G., K.T., G.C.B., O.M., A.K., Q.S.O., P.C., A.D.C., Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, is a deeply unpopular man. Writers in both the conservative and the liberal press regularly refer to him as “a prat,” “a twit,” and “an idiot,” with no apparent fear of giving offense to their readership. …

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Sally Bedell Smith: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 3 (part 2)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Let’s see how “Operation Have Two Teenagers Impulsively Marry In Secret In Order To Heal Family Feud” is going! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 3 (part 2)

Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 3 (part 1)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Let’s check back in with everybody’s favorite “good cop, bad cop” duo, Benvolio and Mercutio! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 3 (part 1)

My Life with Oliver Sacks


(Guardian Books) – Bill Hayes:

In this extract from his memoir, Bill Hayes, partner of Oliver Sacks, recalls the neurologist’s unworldly charm, their remarkable stay with Björk in Iceland, and the dignity of Sacks’s final weeks. …

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Bill Hayes: Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me