Literature and Reading Archive

Shakespeare Turns 450: Read His Adaptation of Star Wars

Though he never looks a day over 250, Shakespeare turned 450 today. No one really knows his birthday, but April 23 is the day usually honored. Mindy and I remember the Bard by naming the alley cats after characters in Hamlet.

Quoted: Albert Einstein on The Universe And Humanity

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." ~ Albert Einstein

How to Cure that Nasty Cognitive Dissonance Problem

Cognitive dissonance is that uneasy realization that the world you want and the world you have are two different things. Many people (I include myself in this) find a solution in dissonance reduction, that is, rather than merely accepting the new reality, they look for another way to keep as much of the old

3 for Thursday: 3 Practical Reasons to Support Public Libraries

It's National Library Week and we'd like to remind you that there are many reasons to support your local library. We've got three important and practical ones right here in one of our favorite archived posts at The Discarded Image ("3 Practical Reasons to Support Public Libraries"). Check it out.

Quoted: Eudora Welty on Reader Response

“Reader and writer...Don’t we want and don’t we understand the same thing? A story of beauty and passion, some fresh approximation of human truth?” ~ Eudora Welty, On Writing

Quoted: John Sutherland on Reading as Conversation

“If we read well, we find ourselves in a conversational relationship with the most creative minds of our own time and of the past.” – John Sutherland, A Little History of Literature

Quoted: Iris Murdoch on Human Frailty

“Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.” ~Iris Murdoch

Eudora Welty on Daring

"A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within." Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings
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