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7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World

7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World
Hermocrates, by Plato What is it: The rumored third book to Plato's little unified field theory trilogy. The first two were Timaeus and Critias and are basically transcriptions of one of the greatest, most influential thinkers to ever live discussing how the universe, uh, happened. If Hemocrates was anything like the first two books in the series, it would have dealt with some brilliant, advanced concepts (like molecules and the Golden Ratio), and would have influenced thinkers and scientists for years to come. Luckily there are other sources. Since the second book ends rather abruptly (mid-sentence), it's only logical that the third dialogue would have covered the fate of Atlantis, along with the influence it would have had on thought that mattered in non-fictional universes. Why it's Awesome: If Disney, Mother Goose and Indiana Jones were all willing to find Atlantis, then Hermocrates has got to be worth at least a bathroom-reading. Why You'll Never Read It: Ab urbe condita libri, by Livy

"Don't tease the panther": An exclusive look at Glenn Beck's The Overton Window The opening lines of Glenn Beck's yet-to-be-released novel, The Overton Window , read as follows: "Most people think about age and experience in terms of years, but it's really only moments that define us." In a quirk of convenience, this line also describes the best way to deconstruct The Overton Window , a copy of which Media Matters obtained and read -- nay, devoured -- with great relish. As we slogged through its many plot holes, ridiculous narrative devices, and long-winded limited-government sermonizing passed off as dialogue, we singled out ten moments that define The Overton Window as the truly and remarkably awful novel that it is. First, a quick summation of the plot, such as it is. The protagonist, Noah Gardner, works for an impossibly powerful public relations firm in Manhattan that has been the driving force behind pretty much every political and cultural movement of the 20th century. 1. "Suit yourself, lady. 2. 3. See, it's important to make a personalized catering order.

Banned Books Week High-stakes test prep leaves less time for projects like the one above, created by students at PS 29. (PS 29 Brooklyn/Facebook) This post requires full disclosure: I could hardly be more involved in what I’m writing about here. Now, on to our story: this past week, third through eighth graders in New York State public schools took the English Language Arts standardized tests. There’s a growing nationwide movement opposing these tests as the result of a corporate-driven agenda that has distorted real learning, widened the achievement gap, increased financial strain on schools and parents, unfairly stigmatized teachers and introduced unnecessary stress into the lives of young people. In many places, activists have encouraged parents to opt out of the tests, which is legally allowed in all states. Nothing has gone that far in New York City. Phillips followed up by quickly organizing a protest at her school on April 4, the morning after the ELAs were complete, and reaching out to Dr.

The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's 20 worst sentences 20. Angels and Demons, chapter 1: Although not overly handsome in a classical sense, the forty-year-old Langdon had what his female colleagues referred to as an ‘erudite’ appeal — wisp of gray in his thick brown hair, probing blue eyes, an arrestingly deep voice, and the strong, carefree smile of a collegiate athlete. They say the first rule of fiction is “show, don’t tell”. This breaks that rule. 19. The Da Vinci Code, chapter 83: "The Knights Templar were warriors," Teabing reminded, the sound of his aluminum crutches echoing in this reverberant space. “Remind” is a transitive verb – you need to remind someone of something. 18. Ah, that familiar tang of deionised essence. 17. It’s not clear what Brown thinks ‘precarious’ means here. 16. A silhouette with white hair and pink irises stood chillingly close but 15 feet away. 15. Other enclosed spaces include toilet cubicles, phone boxes and dog kennels. 14. The Rio de la Plata. A keen eye indeed. 13 and 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7 and 6. 5. 1.

"Stiches" reviewed by A graphic memoir about childhood horrors from the award winning children's author, David Small. This was suggested by the publisher in a batch recommendation of books that might appeal to readers of The Cult. Since I’m not much of a comic book guy anymore (I collected back when I was a preteen) and I don’t read children’s books, I’d never heard of David Small. Apparently he is a prize-winning author and illustrator. Stitches isn’t really a comic book, it’s more of a graphic novel. Stitches is an autobiographical story of childhood trauma and repression. Years of writing children’s books have taught Small how to tell a story, but this one is decidedly adult. Despite all the author went through, Stitches is not an angry book. Joshua Chaplinsky hasn't written a review for Twitch Film in a while.

100 Free Online Books Everyone Should Read | Best Colleges Online Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2009 by Staff Writers By Caitlin Smith Whether you want to learn more about business or read some the great works of literature, you’ll find more than enough material to keep you busy for months in collections of free ebooks. Some books are released free of charge by their authors, while others have been around for so long that copyright laws no longer apply and they can be freely exchanged. Classics The Internet can be a great place to find some of the most important works of literature from the past few hundred years. Philosophy and Religion These famous works will help you get a better understanding of religious and philosophical theories from around the world and through many different periods of time. Politics, Economics and History Check out these free books to learn more about some important political and economic ideas. Plays and Poems Ancient Writings Go old school with your reading by taking a look at these important texts. Technology and Business Finances