i love english literature Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Chapter One A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. Cold for all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic goose-flesh, but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory. "And this," said the Director opening the door, "is the Fertilizing Room." Bent over their instruments, three hundred Fertilizers were plunged, as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room, in the scarcely breathing silence, the absent-minded, soliloquizing hum or whistle, of absorbed concentration. "Just to give you a general idea," he would explain to them. Meanwhile, it was a privilege.
Welcome to Adobe GoLive 6 - StumbleUpon From Los Angeles Times: It's not all about you Chances are, others aren't judging you as harshly as you think, if at all. By Benedict Carey Times Staff Writer January 13, 2003 Oh, things sure took a bad turn. Take a deep breath. A growing body of research shows that far fewer people notice our gaffes than we believe as we pace the floor in private, going over and over the faux pas. Learning to recognize this self-deception can soothe the anxiety that surrounds social interactions. The spotlight effect blinds us in several ways. A pioneer in this field, Tom Gilovich, a psychologist at Cornell, has demonstrated the same exaggerated misperceptions in several situations, such as group discussions about social issues. The findings apply to most of us, of course, but not to everybody -- some people really do live under a microscope, as a chosen way of life. Most of the time a mistake is just a mistake, not a death sentence. Yet we don't expect that same empathy for ourselves.
mental_floss Blog & 6 Wordsmiths Who Couldn&t Spell This month marks my 6-year anniversary blogging for mental_floss. It also marks mentalfloss.com's 6-year anniversary in the blogosphere. To celebrate the more than 2,000 daily posts, I'll be republishing some of my favorite posts from these last half-dozen years, starting today, running to the end of the month. Hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane... (Originally published on Feb. 3, 2009)1. 2. Best known for: his stream of consciousness technique in such celebrated novels as his 1929 classic, The Sound and the Fury But did you know: the title of the novel comes from a Macbeth soliloquy? 3. Best known for: The Great GatsbyBut did you know: The novel didn't sell well during Fitzgerald's lifetime? 4. Best known for: those great stoic characters, like Robert Jordan in the 1940 novel For Whom the Bell TollsBut did you know: Hemingway was decorated as a hero after being injured during WWI? 5. 6. Check out all past Weekend Word Wraps>>
Literature Project - Free eBooks Online Grimm's Fairy Tales This book contains 209 tales collected by the brothers Grimm. The exact print source is unknown. The etext appears to be based on the translation by Margaret Hunt called Grimm's Household Tales, but it is not identical to her edition. The etext received by the Universal Library did not include story titles. Note that these tales are presented more or less as the Grimms collected and edited them (and as Hunt saw fit to translate them). NEW: There is now a more accurate version of the Hunt translation posted by William Barker.
Inferno by Dante Alighieri Average Rating: 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 ratings 13 Favorites on Read Print Read online Write a review Add to favorites Add to bookshelf Book Description The Divine Comedy (Hell) describes Dante Alighieri 's journey through Hell (Inferno), guided first by the Roman epic poet Virgil and then by Beatrice. Dante called the poem "Comedy" because poems in the ancient world were classified as High ("Tragedy") or Low ("Comedy"). Reader Ratings & Reviews 5 star: 4 star: 3 star: 2 star: 1 star: Average Rating (5.0) Write a review 50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years - StumbleUpon In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The books we chose required some hard choices. We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 45.
- StumbleUpon [Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we're revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published June 19, 2011.] Sigh. Authors just don’t insult each other like they used to. Sure, Martin Amis raised some eyebrows when he claimed he would need brain damage to write children’s books, and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan made waves when she disparaged the work that someone had plagiarized, but those kinds of accidental, lukewarm zingers are nothing when compared to the sick burns of yore. It stands to reason, of course, that writers would be able to come up with some of the best insults around, given their natural affinity for a certain turn of phrase and all. 30. “A great cow full of ink.” 29. “…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.” 28. “A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.” 27. “How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? 26.
A List of Books | 623 of the Best Books Ever Written 11 Most Ironically Banned Books Of All Time Saturday, September 26th through Saturday, October 3rd is the 27th annual National Banned Books Week, a week that opposes censorship, the Thought Police, and closeted gay "family values" types who sublimate their man-on-man urges through rampant and vigorous homophobia. Long time readers of this website will know I hate three things: Internet commenters who misuse your and you're... hypocrisy... and you're mom. Today's list is going after hypocrisy. (It would go after your mom, but her ass is too big to fit anything after it.) I searched through lists of books that have been banned at one time or another (mostly in the U.S.), and found the ones whose bans were the most hypocritical, ignorant, and, based on the content of the books, ironic. 1. This gets the number one spot because, ya know, it's an entire novel about the future government banning (and burning) books because they could inspire critical thought. 2. 3. 4. How did the Ayatollah react when the book came out? 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Free eBooks at Planet eBook - Classic Novels and Literature