Category Archives: Literature

Orwell’s final warning – Picture of the future

George Orwell’s Final Words of warning His prediction of the future 1984

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The Sycamore Tree

The Anthropocene Reviewed book (featuring this essay and 49 others) comes out on May 18th. Preorder a signed copy: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/bo…​ The art in this video is by Nadim Silverman, who made all the art for TAR. You can view more … Continue reading

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Tent of Miracles, by Jorge Amado: Racism and Parochialism Against the Backdrop of a Mythic Bahia

Jorge Amado (1912-2001), one of the most popular and internationally known Brazilian authors,started his career writing realistic books that carried a biting criticism of the economic elites and their exploitation of the working classes and the poor. This Marxist phase … Continue reading

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Gleaning the Meaning

There is no doubt that many Mother Goose nursery rhymes were created for entertainment, perhaps with no greater purpose than to lull children to sleep.  However, scholars of folk culture also believe that there are certain rhymes which were meant … Continue reading

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Leanne Shapton explores Joni Mitchell’s larder | WePresent

Did you know Joni Mitchell’s lyrics are filled with references to food? In the latest in our Literally series, Leanne Shapton illustrates Joni’s larder   Early pandemic, March. Restaurants were closed, takeout was confusing, and the aisles of my corner … Continue reading

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La Ville Morte | Benjamín Labatut | Granta

‘When the day came, even the nuns lay down inside the walls of their cloister.’ A little over ten years ago, in October 2008, the English physicist Freeman Dyson confessed that he was incapable of hearing a particular song by … Continue reading

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BBC Radio 3 – The Radio 3 Documentary, Afterwords: Octavia E Butler

The words of celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer Octavia E. Butler Source: BBC Radio 3 – The Radio 3 Documentary, Afterwords: Octavia E Butler

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Conversations With Joe – Andy Weir

I traveled to California in September and spoke with Andy Weir, the author of The Martian and Artemis, to get his thoughts on Mars travel for an upcoming video. But we covered all kinds of topics, including mental health, creativity, … Continue reading

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Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom, A Short Story by Ted Chiang | Kottke

From Ted Chiang’s collection of stories, Exhalation, comes Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom, published online for the first time. In the story, devices called “prisms” allow people to talk to their alternate reality selves, but only for a limited time. … Continue reading

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The Real Life Alice | Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland | Absolute History

With contributions from the likes of thespian Richard E. Grant, social commentator Will Self and author Philip Pullman, at once adoring and provocative this documentary casts a conflicted eye over the creation of Wonderland. Pouring through historical evidence and stories … Continue reading

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