LITERATURE – Goethe

LITERATURE – Goethe

People have always had trouble pronouncing his name; if you don’t speak German it’s not at all obvious how you’re supposed to say it. A safe bet is to start with a hard G on Ger- and end with a -ter: Ger-ter. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has often been seen as one of Europe’s big […]

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LITERATURE – Samuel Beckett

LITERATURE – Samuel Beckett

The Association [Between] the great irish writer Samuel Beckett and the game of cricket Deserves to Be more Widely Known he Was A fine Player when a student at Trinity College Dublin and Even Married to Mention in A famous Wisdoms The Cricketers Bible the only Nobel Prize Winner to be so lauded on One […]

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Should Humans Try to Contact Alien Civilizations?

Should Humans Try to Contact Alien Civilizations?

When I was a kid growing up in the Midwest I’d go out look in the night sky and you know I would see all of these stars and I thought maybe there are other intelligent beings out there there are places everywhere that life could exist but now the big question is life originated […]

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LITERATURE – Virginia Woolf

LITERATURE – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was a writer concerned, above all, with capturing in words the excitement, pain, beauty, and horror of what she termed, the Modern Age. Born in 1882, she was conscious of herself as a distinctively modernist writer at odds with a raft of the staid and complacent assumptions of nineteenth-century English literature. She realized […]

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LITERATURE – Marcel Proust

LITERATURE – Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust was an early 20th century French writer responsible for what’s officially the longest novel in the world: “A la recherche du temps perdu”/In search of Lost Time. which has 1.2 million words in it, double those in “War and Peace” . The book was published in French in 7 volumes over 14 years, […]

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LITERATURE – George Orwell

LITERATURE – George Orwell

George Orwell was an English intellectual who died in 1950 and used literature for the only reason it ultimately really exists – to try to change the world for the better. He was, in the deeper sense, a political writer, someone who wanted art to help us grow kinder, fairer, wiser. In 1946, a year […]

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SOCIOLOGY – Émile Durkheim

SOCIOLOGY – Émile Durkheim

Émile Durkheim is the philosopher who can best help us to understand why capitalism makes us richer and yet frequently more miserable. He was born in 1858 in the little french town of Épinale near the German border. Before he was forty, Durkheim was appointed to a powerful and prestigious position: as a professor at […]

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LITERATURE – James Joyce

James Joyce is one of the most revered writers in the English language and a central figure in the history of the novel he is still hugely important to us because of his devotion to some crucial themes the idea of the grandeur of Ordinary Life his determination to portray what actually goes on through […]

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