Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 1


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Caesar has been assassinated, speeches have been made, the citizens of Rome have been riled, the conspirators have run away, and poets have been dismembered. Let’s see how Antony and his new buddies Octavius and the other guy are doing. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 1


Why Race Is Not a Thing


(National Geographic Book Talk) – Simon Worrall:

Today, scientists routinely map the genomes of the long dead, from Neanderthals to medieval kings. What they’re finding out, says British geneticist Adam Rutherford in A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, rewrites the story of human life on Earth – with some unexpected twists. …

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Adam Rutherford: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived - The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes

Numismatic Evidence to Contradict the Gospels


(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

Numismatics is a useful piece of data for assessing historical reliability, since ancient coins furnish archaeological evidence that we can use to corroborate or contradict ancient narratives.

Can such numismatic evidence be used to evaluate the depiction of events found in the NT Gospels? Well, it turns out that it can. But rather than corroborating the Gospels, what scholar Fabian Udoh finds in To Caesar What Is Caesar’s – a scholarly monograph on tax administration in Roman Palestine from 63 BCE to 70 CE – is that the archaeological record actually contradicts the Gospel narratives. …

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Craig Keener: Biographies and Jesus

Close, But No Caesar


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Phew, Julius Caesar is getting pretty heavy, isn’t it? Let’s take a brief moment for some comic relief before we move into Act 4. …

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Mya Gosling: Close, But No Caesar

Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 3


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

When we last left Julius Caesar, Mark Antony had just used the power of judiciously-applied over-the-top rhetoric to mobilize a mob of murderous citizens bent on revenge. Let’s see how that goes! …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 3

Fire and Fury, the Play


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Donald J. Trump, legendary among U.S. Presidents for his aversion to reading, demanded on Thursday that members of his White House circle act out Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” in a command performance in the Oval Office. …

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White House theatre

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President


(NYMagIntelligencer) – Michael Wolff:

One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days. …

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Michael Wolff: Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House

Henry Holt and Co.: Michael Wolff: Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House

Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2 (part 4)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

When we last left Antony, he was in the midst of making the speech of his life, having just exposed the bleeding body of Caesar to the extremely easily persuaded mob. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2 (part 4)

Obama’s Reading List


(Patheos::Dispatches) – Ed Brayton:

Former President Barack Obama put up a list of his favorite books and songs from 2017, something he did every year while he was president as well. It struck me because you can’t even imagine a similar list from Trump, who is probably allergic to books. …

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Shakespearean New Year’s Resolutions


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Happy New Year! …

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Mya Gosling: New Year's Resolutions 2018