Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Myth Education: Gilgamesh


(Patheos::ATP) – Jonathan MS Pearce:

In honour of the fantastic book on mythology by David Fletcher, we are running a few excerpt articles featuring some of the gods contained within the anthology.

Here is something on Gilgamesh, the famous Mesopotamian god. …

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David Fletcher: Myth Education: A Guide to Gods, Goddesses, and Other Supernatural Beings


Top Ten Prolonged Shakespearean Deaths


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Which ill-fated Shakespearean character spends the most time (by line count) actively dying on stage? …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Top Ten Prolonged Shakespearean Deaths

The Exception Proves the Rule


(Patheos::ATP) – Bert Bigelow:

I recently encountered the little nugget of wisdom that is the subject of this piece in a comment thread on this web site. I was immediately reminded of how Ambrose Bierce punctured it with a sarcastic stiletto in his “Devil’s Dictionary.”

“EXCEPTION, n. A thing which takes the liberty to differ from other things of its class, as an honest man, a truthful woman, etc. “The exception proves the rule” is an expression constantly upon the lips of the ignorant, who parrot it from one another with never a thought of its absurdity. In the Latin, “_Exceptio probat regulam_” means that the exception tests the rule, puts it to the proof, not confirms it. The malefactor who drew the meaning from this excellent dictum and substituted a contrary one of his own exerted an evil power which appears to be immortal.” …

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Ambrose Bierce: The Devils Dictionary

Shakespeare Plays Re-titled


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Shakespeare play titles are all pretty obvious. Let’s see what it would be like if they had slightly more modern titles. …

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My Lixian Gosling: Shakespeare Plays Re-titled, part 1


Kanye West’s Bastardization of “Free Thinkers”


(New Republic) – Jeet Heer:

A noble tradition of American dissent has been hijacked by right-wing trolls – including the famous hip-hop artist. …

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Susan Jacoby: Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

Requiem for the American Dream


(Goodreads) – In his first major book on the subject of income inequality, Noam Chomsky skewers the fundamental tenets of neoliberalism and casts a clear, cold, patient eye on the economic facts of life. What are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in America today? They’re simple enough: reduce democracy, shape ideology, redesign the economy, shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes, attack the solidarity of the people, let special interests run the regulators, engineer election results, use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line, manufacture consent, marginalize the population. In Requiem for the American Dream, Chomsky devotes a chapter to each of these ten principles, and adds readings from some of the core texts that have influenced his thinking to bolster his argument. …

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Noam Chomsky: Requiem for the American Dream

Karl Marx


(The Conversation::Politics) – James Muldoon, Robert Jackson:

As the world reflects on 200 years since the birth of Karl Marx, his writings are being sampled by more and more people. If you’re new to the work of one of the greatest social scientists of all time, here’s where to start. …

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Karl Marx

The Young Karl Marx


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I recently watched this film that covers the period when the young Marx became friends with Friedrich Engels, a relationship that lasted a lifetime. It deals with the period from 1843-1849, a time as Marx, his wife Jenny, and his young daughter moved from Paris to Brussels before ending up in London. The film ends with Marx and Engels publishing The Communist Manifesto. …

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The Young Karl Marx, 2017 film

Shakespeare: The Legacy


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Well, that about wraps up Shakespeare Month! Let’s just take a quick look at Shakespeare’s incredibly prolonged afterlife. …

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Mya Gosling: Shakespeare: The Legacy

21 Books You Don’t Have to Read


(GQ Books) – Editors:

We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried. We got halfway through Infinite Jest and halfway through the SparkNotes on Finnegans Wake. But a few pages into Bleak House, we realized that not all the Great Books have aged well. Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring. So we—and a group of un-boring writers—give you permission to strike these books from the canon. Here’s what you should read instead. …

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GQ: The 21 Most Overrated Books Ever (and 21 Books to Read Instead)