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Literary Essays, Critiques & Biographies
by Michael LydonIn Writing and Equality Michael Lydon poses two core beliefs: that all humans are equal and that writing can capture the truth of life. Yet, he admits, many fine books, including the Bible and Homer, take social inequality for granted. Lydon answers the riddle with detailed readings of The Canterbury Tales, Don Quixote, Moliere's plays and Anthony Trollope's novels that show how each other finds their way to the foundation of equality that underlies superficial inequality.
by Michael LydonWriting and Life gathers eight essays on the art of writing into an inspiring and concise look at how good writing can capture life and pin it on the pages of a book. The chapter titles give a sense of its scope: Writing and Thought, Writing and the Self, Prose Rhythm, Realism, and Bad Writing. Writers quoted and examined include Homer, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Balzac, Dickens, Dreiser, and James Jones. Poet Michael McClure says, "Writing and Life has a natural life that holds readers' attention ... more
by Wim BorsboomThe book deals with the ground-breaking discovery that the western alphabet (abecedary) was modelled after an ancient Indian alphabet (abugida). It traces when (more than 3400 years ago), how (by copying) and by whom (a language student) the West's alphabet sequence was formed. The writer demonstrates how he was able to date when the copy process took place by identifying unmistakable signs that a number of unfortunate but 'history-making' errors had slipped by - errors made by a budding stud... more
by Timothy James LambertIn Volume One, Lambert pulled back the veil on the secrets hidden within the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Now he turns his attention to the Holy Gospels. Using various texts from the Nag Hammadi library, including the Gospel of Thomas, Lambert identifies a list of seven key parables found within the Synoptic Gospels. According to the texts, the successful interpretation of these seven parables is enough to unlock the mysteries hidden within the teachings of Jesus. "... my primary d... more
by Timothy James LambertAn ancient Latin text, the Ad Herennium, lays down instructions for building effective Memory Systems. These instructions just happen to mirror one of the central images of Christianity as found in the Gospels. Were the Gospels constructed to act as a type of literary memory system? Could it be that the authors were actually adepts at the Art of Memory? Perhaps the tri-fold nature of the Synoptic Gospels is not a historical accident, but is actually a method of encrypting the data contained with... more
by Sabrina Feldman
HAS THE REAL SHAKESPEARE BEEN OVERLOOKED FOR FOUR CENTURIES? Records of William Shakespeare’s life are at odds with many authorial traits revealed in the Bard’s works, including the author’s specialized knowledge of the law, aristocratic sports, Italian geography and customs, and untranslated Italian, Greek, and French literary works. Even so, the Stratford actor kept the “Shakespeare” title for a century and a half after the authorship debate began, due to the l... more
by Tsara SheltonWritten from a life lived on the edge of society, Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself, by author Tsara Shelton, offers an insightful and powerfully uplifting collection of ideas and stories. She shares writings on a range of subjects spanning several stages of her life with topics including women’s issues, marriage, prejudice, abuse, mixed-race relationships, equality, culture, and more. Shelton—a mother of four—opens up about the difficult elements in her past, but offers a positi... more
Jens Staubrand: Søren Kierkegaard’s struggle to live at Frederiks Hospital in Copenhagen | Søren Kierkegaard’s kamp for liby Jens StaubrandThe author and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard died on the 11 th of November 1855. He died at Frederiks Hospital in Copenhagen. In the book there is a short mention of Søren Kierkegaard’s work and fundamental view of religion, of Frederiks Hospital, of the doctors who treated him and – something never done before – a textual criticism, interpretation and commentary on his case-book.
by Emile BenoitBeasts in Eden is a work of literary Existentialism which does not argue for any particular theory but instead attempts to provide insight into what it means to live a unique and noble human life, the kind of existence that establishes the human being as something quite extraordinary in the natural world. Excerpt from the book: “Aristotle no less, that great philosophical classifier, grouped Man as a kind of being distinct from other mammals and referred to this creature as the human being. Wi... more
by Will Callender, Jr.Monotheism, as known in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, seems to have reached a dead end from which no more generous view of humanity can be expected. Its view of man as a craven, fallen sinner in need of salvation and redemption by a heavenly father is insufficient to prevent man from destroying himself and endangering the planet. The suicide-bomber-with-nuclear-bomb ready to blow the planet to hell and kingdom come, is one image of this failure. Another is the end-times anticipator of apoc... more