Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was an influential ‘alternative’ Bohemian novelist born of German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague. Kafka pursued an education in law and took a position in an insurance firm (1907-23) before moving to Berlin. He published short stories and critical essays. His best-known work, Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis, 1916), is about a man who awakes… Read More Franz Kafka – Dark dreams with a piercing intellect
1 – The Bible Unearthed: The Making of a Religion, Episode 1 You’ll note that I didn’t post anything yesterday. Just when I thought I was past a mysterious ailment it seemed to come back. This time affecting more my head than my stomach. It was a challenging day because conventional headache medicine does little… Read More Digging into… Three Archaeology Films (1)
The student of Greek mythology is often struck by the fact that some gods and goddesses have extensive roles in the mythical narratives, and others have very limited parts to play. Source: Explainer: The Story of Demeter and Persephone | Ancient Origins Opinion: Americans tend to study Greek myth more than Canadians. I’m not sure… Read More Explainer: The Story of Demeter and Persephone | Ancient Origins | + Opinion
And it rocks. I liked the old version so much that I was hesitant to try out the new. Sometimes new software versions just add bloat and longer loading times, being heavier programs than their forerunners. This is not the case with Calibre 4.2.0. I find it more intuitive and with better options than the… Read More Readers, Book Lovers – There’s a new version of Calibre!
One person’s look at the inherent conflict between individual freedom vs. freedom to not be harmed by another. These days, I sometimes question the value of the First Amendment: freedom of speech. When I watch movies on Netflix and every other word is profanity, for instance. Or when the president tells four dynamic recently elected… Read More Why oppose banning books and free speech?
My eyes are hurting again. I’ve been testing out some new e-readers and staring at my tablet — not just reading but fiddling with all the settings and customizations. After a few days of getting into e-reading, I began to want a reader where I could insert my own background image behind the text. FB… Read More Trying out FBReader (Android app at Google Play) – And a few more notes on The Count of Monte Cristo
Originally posted on Open Page:
A forthcoming book by the world’s leading Dumas expert, plus a new movie, cast doubt on exactly how much classics like The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers were actually written by the flamboyant Alexandre Dumas, France’s most popular 19th century writer. That Dumas used collaborators or ghostwriters…
Originally posted on Just My Stuff:
The dreamer is stoned on hashish given to him by the Count After trying out a whole bunch of e-reading options I have pretty much settled on Calibre. I know that I lauded ReadEra a few days ago. And it is a great app. But my tablet isn’t all…
Over the long weekend, I’ve become reacquainted with the art of reading classic adventure tales. I enjoy historical TV series but some productions rewrite history just a bit too much for my liking. I’m not talking about plot embellishments but rather blatant socio-historical fabrications inserted in the hope of creating a progressive, feelgood story. Just… Read More Political in/correctness in Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (1844)
Trying out a book Reader app, installing software, and posting thru the WordPress app for Android (which I don’t normally do). You can see the e-reader app, middle right. It’s called ReadEra and I am quite taken with it. The text is customizable, as is the background. I’m reading The Count of Monte Cristo, and… Read More It’s a long weekend, I’m taking it easy and…