Unamuno’s Niebla and Being Lost in the Mist of Existence

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Starting in the 20th century, many works began to investigate the concept of a character’s life–not the character’s life on the written page per se but rather the character’s life above and beyond what the original author intended.  Two (spectacular) examples come from theater: Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

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Links 4/12/2014

The following are a few webpages we found noteworthy this week.

As always, some might be a little out of date (it is true that we have been known to find value in older things…)

Also, some might have conclusions with which we wholeheartedly disagree (it is true we have been known to find value in alternative viewpoints, even when eventually dismissed as not compelling…)

Antiquity

Ancient Techniques in Sex Ed (bbc)

Comparative Medical Practice in Ancient Rome (hoaw)

Caves and Crocodiles: Chauvet (the inkling)

General Reading

Six Books in One (visual news)

20 Books from the 90s (HuffPo)

Original Alice in Wonderland Manuscript (openculture)

Consciousness/Openness/Bias

Healthy Narcissism (HuffPo)

Night Vision with Graphene Contact Lenses (new statesman)

Did you see anything worthwhile this week?

Gibbon on the German Wall of Probus (and Other Futile Defenses)

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Borders often evolve naturally from the landscape.  Either a mountain range, or a difficult desert, or a relatively impassable river will isolate one side from the other.  In areas without such features, but still beset with disparate populations, borders may often be reflected by walls that have been constructed by one or the other side.

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A Trip into Military and Political Anarchy in Homage to Catalonia

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George Orwell’s popularity has declined little with age, and while this would probably irk a few people (Vladimir Nabokov included), Orwell still matters.  Sure, it has been thirty years since the real 1984 passed without much of what was set forth in the novel 1984 occurring, but the principles in that book are still quoted liberally and with great approbation.

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The Life of George Washington and the Paradox of Liberty Restraints in a Military Devoted to the Protection of Freedom

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In a prior post, we compared the rise to power of George Washington to that of Octavian, later Augustus.  We have also managed to touch upon the writings of one of Washington’s namesakes, the redoubtable Washington Irving, when posting about the great travel memoir, Tales of the Alhambra.

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Links 4/5/2014

The following are a few webpages we found noteworthy this week.

As always, some might be a little out of date (it is true that we have been known to find value in older things…)

Also, some might have conclusions with which we wholeheartedly disagree (it is true we have been known to find value in alternative viewpoints, even when eventually dismissed as not compelling…)

Antiquity

Cooking Class for Ancient Roman Meals (U of Buffalo)

Roman Boats (NatGeo)

Egyptian Carvings with Emperor Claudius Dressed as Pharaoh (livescience)

Auction of Clay Cuneiform Tribute to Nebuchadnezzar (guardian)

General Reading

Three Panel Comics of Shakespeare Plays! (openculture)

Binding Books with Human Skin!!! (The Atlantic)

The Writer Behind the Inspiration that Became Grand Budapest Hotel (NPR)

Consciousness/Openness/Bias

20 Distinct Facial Expressions (The Atlantic)

Epic Fantasy and Confirmation Bias (n.k. jemisin)

Intimidation of Science Journal to Retract Conspiracy Theory Paper (Scientific American)

Fascinating Neuroscience of Color (FastCo)

Did you see anything worthwhile this week?

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