Monthly Archives: April 2014

Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera (Czech: [ˈmɪlan ˈkundɛra]; born 1 April 1929) is the Czech Republic‘s most recognized living writer.[2] Of Czech origin, he has lived in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. He “sees himself as a French writer and insists his work should … Continue reading

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Radetzky March

Radetzky March (German: Radetzkymarsch, 1932) by Joseph Roth chronicles the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire via the story of the Trotta family. Radetzkymarsch is an early novelistic example of a story that features the recurring fictionalnarrative participation of a historical figure, the Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria (1830–1916). … Continue reading

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a new tax

The Koch Attack on Solar Energy By THE EDITORIAL BOARD NYTimes APRIL 26, 2014

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Penguin Island

Anatole France (pronounced: [anatɔl fʁɑ̃s]; born François-Anatole Thibault,[1] [frɑ̃swa anatɔl tibo]; 16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he … Continue reading

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René Girard

René Girard (/ʒiˈrɑrd/; French: [ʒiʁaʁ]; born December 25, 1923) is a French-born, American historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science whose work belongs to the tradition of anthropological philosophy. Girard is the author of nearly thirty books (seebelow), with his writings spanning many academic domains. Although the … Continue reading

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by Michael Paredrakos, Strategic Planner  at on Apr 10, 2014 Featured in: Business, Technology Inspired by the the work of Alex Noriega ( and Banksy’s take on advertising ( some random thoughts about brands and facebook. Images are from all over the Internet. If you see one … Continue reading

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Peace is an early novel by Gene Wolfe that on its surface is the story of a man growing up in a small Midwestern town in the early to mid-20th century. Our narrator, Alden Dennis Weer, goes over memories from different parts of … Continue reading

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Galveston Bay

On March 22, the Gulf of Mexico took another ecological hit. Upwards of 168,000 gallons of viscous fuel oil leaked into Galveston Bay, the result of a collision between a tanker and a ship. Many Texans immediately recalled the devastation wrought … Continue reading

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“The Lady, or the Tiger?“ is a much-anthologized short story written by Frank R. Stockton for publication in the magazine The Century in 1882. “The lady, or the tiger?” has come into the English language as an allegorical expression, a shorthand indication or signifier for a problem that is unsolvable. by Frank … Continue reading

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a controversial scrap of papyrus

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor, CNN (CNN) A team of scientists has concluded that a controversial scrap of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus referring to “my wife,” is not a fake, according to the Harvard Theological Review.

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