Entries Tagged as 'Art and Literature'

Paraprosdokians!

I’ve been saying that slowly over and over trying to get it down but I don’t think I’m comfortable using it in front of anyone other than my iMac yet. English Forums – Paraprosdokians A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected [...]

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Damn, P.D. James Is COOL

BBC – PD James writes Pride and Prejudice crime novel “I would love to do another Dalgleish,” she said, “but it seemed to me the last book was somewhat valedictory. “I’m very afraid of starting something that will take a long time to write – about three years with all the plotting and planning – [...]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXII

The Trinity College website was hacked. In the most beautiful way. The link that follows is a webcache which hopefully won’t break. This has to be the funniest thing ever. Read the whole thing. Twice. Trinity College – Faculties & Schools: School of English Faculty – Dr Conan T. Barbarian, B.A.(Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D.

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E-Books and Woodblock Prints Together at Last

Oh hell yeah: BBC News – British Library offers e-classics app for iPad The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad. Texts appear in fully digitised form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books. [...]

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Tobar an Dualchais: This is AMAZING

Tobar an Dualchais – Kist o Riches This website contains thousands of oral recordings recorded in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information. For instance, from the “most popular items” list: Òran an Iolaire This song tells of the sinking [...]

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The Leaning Tower of 12th Century Religious Tolerance in Afghanistan

And when I say “leaning,” I mean “woah holy crap somebody prop that thing up or get out of the waaaay”: The 12-Century Wonder and Mystery of Afghanistan Built back in 1190s by the once great Ghorid empire, this enigmatic and intricately-ornamented ancient “skyscraper” stands like a missile pointing at the stars – a 65-meter [...]

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I’m Reading Biggles

To be strictly accurate, I’m reading the foreword by the author to the first book. He’s telling truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales about the RFC. My eyes are wide like saucers at his attitude. Anyone ever read this series? Red? Brett? Half (although it’s rather less nautical than your usual fare)?

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Jerusalem (The Non-Allegorical One)

A guy goes through Jerusalem filming musicians and mashes them together. I think it’s quite pretty.

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXI

A Tumblr photo archive: Better Book Titles Half Empty sent me this and I’ve been howling with laughter. Beware of language.

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“Symbolic Annihilation of Women” and the Chauvinistic Male Heroism of Piglet

Line of the day: Young children of either sex aren’t aware of the crushing fist of the patriarchy as exemplified by Wibbly Pig, unless they have exceptionally tiresome parents. From The Times (£): Sweetie, we don’t care if Winnie is a sexist Pooh, by India Knight

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I Bet This Is Better Than Black Swan

Spike Jonze films a rendition of the Dying Swan by a Los Angeles hip-hop dancer and Yo Yo Ma. I mean, as one does:

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I’ve Read 39

I think it’s silly that the Harry Potter series is counted as 1, so I’ve counted The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as 1 even though I can’t guarantee I’ve read all of it: Topic: BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read?

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Women in Literature

The Times – I need a fictional hero — and not a male one, by Janice Turner An interesting point. Women get emancipated and now they just fail to impress in men’s roles. (Unless you take Sex and the City, which is about the only recent movie that passes the Bechdel Test from the previous [...]

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New Genre: Bureaucracy Thrillers!

A bear has just excused himself into the woods: Guardian – Wang Xiaofang exposes world of Chinese bureaucracy Bestselling author exposes shady world while readers buy his books to get insight into how to become government officials Far from glorifying the Communist party apparatus, these books offer readers a glimpse into a shady world where [...]

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Lumberjack Checked Shirts

I’ve just finished a Simon Brett mystery, one of the Charles Paris series, Situation Tragedy. There’s lots in his books to want to transcribe (for instance the Anglican vicar in on of his Fethering novels, oh man was he funny), but in this book, about some Suspicious Deaths that happen during the filming of a [...]

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