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My review of 2666 by Roberto Bolaño…

Recently I read this novel and I must say that there’s allot of death in this tale (or collection of random tales) so if you don’t like reading about death and rape and killings and guns, with some occasional obscene words, don’t read 2666 unless you either crave a sort of first time for this […]

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as man and superman, beyond tragedy…

In 1872 philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche published his first title ‘The Birth of Tragedy’ the theme of which was the classical Athenian tragedy art form, you can read more about it here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Tragedy This is my poetic review of this work… as man and superman, beyond tragedy as a superhuman thing entering me at the turn […]

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when all seems wasted…

Thus after reading Edith Wharton’s, Ethan Frome, a tale which though embodying all aspects of a good classics, lacks any beauty of iridescence. I’ve decided to write the following… when all seems wasted wasted existing without magic of dark passion emotion hidden in strange realms concealed deeply in piles of conventions with a sad soul […]

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lost in the garden…

The following contains absolutely no adventure, there is purpose but no goal, and no transparency was required. The following is only a representation of me recently completing the reading of the book ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’ by Jorge Luis Borges… In writing this intro I also happen to be utilising the prompts, adventure, goal […]

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devouring mystery…

This writer loves reading diverse literature, it stimulates the mental construct and presents many an ingredient for writing. For those who follow/view the blog on the website (not the reader), you will realise that I have my Goodreads widget up that displays the books I’m currently reading. We’ll I’ve decided to occasionally post a piece […]

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Possibilities of moving…

“a boat, even a wrecked and wretched boat still has all the possibilities of moving” ― Dionne Brand, Inventory

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RDFRS: Why I want all our children to read the King James Bible…

Article by Richard Dawkins (Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science) “The good book should be read as a great work of literature… I am a little shocked at the implication that not every school library already possesses a copy.Can that be true? What do they have then? Harry Potter? Vampires? Or do they prefer […]

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Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman…

“Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals…”  Emma Goldman. Emma Goldman, was a free-thinking anarchist know for […]

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Literature: The Conquest of Bread by Pyotr Kropotkin…

Pyotr Kropotkin highlights his observations of existing economic systems and a decentralisation of such, particularly capitalism and elements of feudalism. He shows how such systems though claiming to be ideal actually encouraged continued poverty and resources scarcity. He also mentions that some revolution must occur in order for there to be change… As stated in […]

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Literature: The Necessity of Atheism by Percy Bysshe Shelley…

In 1811, Percy Bysshe Shelley, then a student at University College, Oxford, published a treatise on atheism which was initially distributed as a short tract. The tract started with the following rationale: “As a love of truth is the only motive which actuates the Author of this little tract, he earnestly entreats that those of […]

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Literature: The Necessity of Atheism by David Marshall Brooks…

Literature snapshot: The Necessity of Atheism presents an overview of religious scepticism in the 1930s, and a look at on-going debate and like scepticism even today. Despite obvious conflict of its central topic coupled with the thorough deconstruction of all major religious figures and practices through time, I see this work as mainly offering a […]

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‘We The Living’ by Ayn Rand…

First published in 1936, the novel ‘We the Living’ by Ayn Rand is, as stated in the preface, ‘the closest she would ever come to writing an autobiography’. The novel follows three years in the life of a young girl, her family, and acquaintances, all of which must face the varied hardships of a post-revolutionary […]

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‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand…

Atlas Shrugged is a dystopian novel written by Ayn Rand in 1957. The tale depicts a United States which has ‘lost’ its most productive citizens, it can be said that the country has lost the minds that run it. As the tale progresses the reader realizes the reason for this, apparently these citizens refuse to […]

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“Philosophy: Who Needs It” by Ayn Rand…

Ayn Rand presents her philosophical views via this collection of essays, including letters and lectures / presentations, in an exploration of varying topics… These statements in chapter 17 were of particular interest: “Do not keep silent when your own ideas and values are being attacked. Do not proselytize indiscriminately, do not force discussions and arguments […]

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“Anmal Farm” by George Orwell…

Patterning reality, Orwell demonstrates the problem of a select few promising better and eventually delivering nothing more than a revised plan of what transpired before. It highlights the powers of a few in causing others to succumb to their ideas, and shows the importance of individualism and educating ones self so as not to fall […]

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“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde…

My thoughts on Oscar Wilde’s “Dorian Gray: Reflecting themes such as hedonism and social influence, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ tells of a handsome young man, who, is greatly admired by his artist, Basil. And then there’s Basil’s friend Lord Henry who has much influence over Dorian… As the tale progresses Dorian makes a foolish […]

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“Anthem” by Ayn Rand…

Imagine having to live only to serve the state, not being able to choose a partner on your own, being made to perform whatever duties the state assigned you to do, having to be told when you are allowed to engage in ordinary every day activities, like eating, sleeping, even socializing, or maybe I should […]

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