Self-Awareness Archive

3 for Thursday: 3 Powerful Tweets from #YESALLWOMEN

#YESALLWOMEN began trending following Elliot Rodger's misogynist shooting rampage and it opens a window into the many forms misogyny takes in society.

Quoted: Joseph Joubert on Discarded Opinions and Loving the Truth

"Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth." ~ Joseph Joubert

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....

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

“Remember the Thalamus!” A Review of Andrew’s Brain

The narrator of E. L. Doctorow’s new novel is Andrew. Or, more accurately, Andrew’s brain. Or, perhaps most accurately, some consciousness that refers to itself as Andrew. It’s hard to get your bearings in this novel of neuroscience, because Andrew is the ultimate unreliable narrator: he knows that “there is nothing you can think

3 for Thursday: 3 Reasons to Read Literature in Translation

“So many books, so little time” certainly rings true even if you’re only counting the bestseller lists, or the Indie Next list, or just your own never-ending TBR. But it’s worse than that, because the majority of those lists are just English books. What about all the great literature being published in other languages?
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