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George Orwell - The Orwell Prize

George Orwell - The Orwell Prize

Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard Voices in Time I want to share with you something I’ve learned. I’ll draw it on the blackboard behind me so you can follow more easily [draws a vertical line on the blackboard]. This is the G-I axis: good fortune-ill fortune. Death and terrible poverty, sickness down here—great prosperity, wonderful health up there. Your average state of affairs here in the middle [points to bottom, top, and middle of line respectively]. This is the B-E axis. Now let me give you a marketing tip. Another is called “Boy Meets Girl,” but this needn’t be about a boy meeting a girl [begins drawing line B]. Now, I don’t mean to intimidate you, but after being a chemist as an undergraduate at Cornell, after the war I went to the University of Chicago and studied anthropology, and eventually I took a masters degree in that field. One of the most popular stories ever told starts down here [begins line C below B-E axis]. There’s to be a party at the palace. It’s a pessimistic story. His father has just died.

Blog livres 25 Great Thinkers Every College Student Should Read By Donna Scott College is for expanding one’s intellectual horizons. Unfortunately, drinking and having fun, can distract from learning about history’s great thinkers. From Mark Twain to Confucius, an educated individual should posses some knowledge of certain philosophers, artists and thinkers. Here are 25 great thinkers every college student should read, even if professors don’t assign them. Western Philosophers Western universities understandably tend to focus on Western philosophers and thinkers. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson was an influential figure in the first recognized American school of philosophical thought. Eastern Thinkers Eastern philosophies have proven influential on figures throughout history from Marco Polo to the Beatles. Statesman Polls show few people trust politicians. Winston Churchill: In his nation’s darkest hour, Winston Churchill served as a beacon of inspiration and support. Writers and Artists

The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Joyce Carol Oates Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin Penguin, 527 pp., $36.00 Charles Dickens: A Life (Waterstone’s Special Edition) by Claire Tomalin, with an appendix of selected letters by Dickens London: Viking, 542 pp., £30.00 The life of almost any man possessing great gifts, would be a sad book to himself. Is Dickens the greatest of English novelists? London. Fog everywhere. And equally characteristic of Dickens, a chapter opening in the lesser-regarded and uncompleted The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which a natural observation acquires a portentous metaphoric significance: Irresistibly the reader is drawn into the voice—exquisitely lyric, yet with a profound melancholy beneath—of the child Philip Pirrip—“Pip”—of Great Expectations: Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. The narrative is present-tense; the mood is suspenseful. This is a very small episode in the life of Dickens, but it allows us to see him in action….

séminaire ehess Pour une épistémologie du littéraire II L’objectif du séminaire est d’examiner les conditions de possibilité d’une épistémologie qui prenne pour base la réflexion littéraire. Depuis la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle, l’épistémologie et la philosophie des sciences connurent un essor qui marqua aussi les sciences humaines et sociales ; un certain nombre de disciplines – comme la philosophie, l’anthropologie, la sociologie – développèrent alors une réflexion systématique sur les enjeux épistémologiques qui leur étaient spécifiques, y compris en interrogeant la notion même de discipline. En revanche, les théoriciens de la littérature se concentrèrent essentiellement sur les enjeux internes à leur champ d’études. Mardi 8 novembre : L'Initiation à la recherche. Du rôle de la valeur dans la communauté intellectuelle. Lectures : Barthes, Roland : « Jeunes chercheurs », Le bruissement de la langue. Mardi 22 novembre : Discipline, interdisciplinarité, spécialisation Lectures : Mardi 24 janvier : Innovation et tradition. Kuhn, T.

L'invisible omniprésence de l'analyse de données Quelle relation y a-t-il entre la prévision de la qualité d'un millésime viticole, le diagnostic médical, l'écriture de scénarios de films à succès, la fidélisation des clients d'une compagnie aérienne, et la lutte contre les discriminations raciales ? Ce sont, d'après ce livre, quelques uns des nombreux domaines qui ont été ou sont en train d'être transformés radicalement par les méthodes modernes d'analyse statistique et de traitement des données. L'auteur, Ian Ayres, est un représentant éminent d'une catégorie peu connue en France : c'est un juriste-statisticien. Plus récemment, il s'est spécialisé dans l'utilisation de l'analyse de données pour mettre en évidence des phénomènes du même type, analysant par exemple des millions de ventes de voitures pour montrer que les crédits proposés aux acheteurs noirs étaient généralement plus coûteux. Les causes d'une révolution Le test en double aveugle est plus récent. Des leçons intéressantes Quelles conséquences en tirer ?

Interview w DFW Context N°21 Shimon Ballas. Outcast. Trans. Ammiel Alcalay and Oz Shelach. In Outcast Shimon Ballas introduces an old man, a Jew born in Iraq who converted to Islam in the 1930s, reviewing his divided existence. Violette Leduc. The lady of the title is a desirous Mrs. Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlap. “Rest areas, monotonous? Christine Brooke-Rose. The Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus, first issued in 1986, provides a crash course in this prolific author’s too long neglected fiction, offering four of her early novels: Out (1964), Such (1966), Between (1968), and Thru (1975). Zanele Muholi Guest Blog: A Year of Non-Fiction? by Emily « Nadia Lee :: Romance Writer - Blog I have been utterly and completely turned off reading fiction. I'm not sure why, but I just don't wanna. I've been to the library a couple of times since I got back home -- and god, I love the public libraries here in Singapore! Do you know what amount of monstrous effort that would normally require of me? I'm someone who usually reads upwards of 200 novels each year. Now I can't remember the last time I read a novel. It's depressing, is what it is. I watch some TV. I listen to a lot of podcasts from the BBC and the Economist -- I save a lot of time by not reading newspapers any more and using that time for stitching. So I'm thinking. An enforced year of reading only non-fiction. It might kill me. Do you think you could do it? Emily spent the past three years in the cold and wet, and is now basking in the tropical sun.

THE HEART'S ETERNAL VOW - Pynchon on Marquez By Thomas Pynchon; Thomas Pynchon, author of ''Gravity's Rainbow,'' has been working on another novel.Published: April 10, 1988 LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA By Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Translated by Edith Grossman. 348 pp. LOVE, as Mickey and Sylvia, in their 1956 hit single, remind us, love is strange. At the same time, where would any of us be without all that romantic infrastructure, without, in fact, just that degree of adolescent, premortal hope? In the postromantic ebb of the 70's and 80's, with everybody now so wised up and even growing paranoid about love, once the magical buzzword of a generation, it is a daring step for any writer to decide to work in love's vernacular, to take it, with all its folly, imprecision and lapses in taste, at all seriously -that is, as well worth those higher forms of play that we value in fiction. And - oh boy - does he write well. HERE'S what happens.

Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France - DGLFLF De tous les liens que nouent les hommes dans la cité, le lien de la langue est le plus fort, parce qu’il fonde le sentiment d’appartenance à une communauté. Parce que la mondialisation des échanges et les progrès de la construction européenne ne cessent de le faire évoluer, les pouvoirs publics sont appelés à réaffirmer une politique de la langue qui, tout en veillant à garantir la primauté du français sur le territoire national, participe à l’effort de cohésion sociale et contribue à la promotion de la diversité culturelle en Europe et dans le monde. La délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France élabore la politique linguistique du Gouvernement en liaison avec les autres départements ministériels. Organe de réflexion, d'évaluation et d'action, elle anime et coordonne l'action des pouvoirs publics pour la promotion et l'emploi du français et veille à favoriser son utilisation comme langue de communication internationale.

I Love You Christopher Hitchens, You Irritating Bastard Christopher Hitchens, along with Robert Hughes and Spy magazine's Michèle Bennett, first started me imagining that I would like someday to be a journalist and critic. These jaundiced observers of the follies of the late 1980s and early 1990s had in common an elegant style of attack, and a positive relish in the peppering, roasting, carving and dishing up of sacred cows. Hughes, by far the most scholarly of the three, went on to produce magnificent books and documentaries (and to survive the terrible injuries he sustained in a super-hairy car crash in 1999); Bennett's true identity has never been revealed, but I hope he or she is thriving, and writing still. In the Feb. 1995 issue of Vanity Fair, a memorable Hitchens piece described the aftermath of the Channel 4 broadcast of Hell's Angel, a blistering half-hour takedown of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In this VF piece Hitchens recounted with unmistakable delight the media rumpus occasioned by Hell's Angel. Really!

When Respected Authors, from Goethe to Kerouac, Try Their Hand at Painting Freshly posted on publisher Melville House‘s blog, you’ll find examples of visual art by textual artists; drawings and paintings, in other words, drawn and painted by people who have gone down in history for their way with sentences. This could easily turn into a lesson about not quitting one’s day job. But, as you can see from the work above, Maria Nys Huxley at Siesta, Melville House blogger Kevin Murphy hasn’t put together a study in the incompetence of the dilettante. You’ve surely already guessed the literary connection: the painting came from the hand of Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, who put his wife Maria Nys to canvas in 1920, when both were still in their twenties. The post features more paintings from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Victor Hugo, Marcel Proust, Hermann Hesse, e.e. cummings, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O’Connor, and Henry Miller. Can you guess the author — er, artist? via @KirstinButler

Lettres & Langues et Cultures de l'Antiquité Le Lachès appartient à la série dite des « Premiers Dialogues » de Platon, œuvres de jeunesse de l’auteur. Découvrez son adaptation théâtrale à la Villa Gillet du 13 au 16 mars 2018. Plus d’informations ci-dessous : Le Lakhès de Platon à la Villa Gillet Le nouveau thème au programme du BTS : "Seuls avec tous". Ce thème vaudra pour les sessions 2019 et 2020. Le festival européen Latin Grec se tiendra à Lyon du 22 au 25 mars 2018 : retrouvez le programme et le lien pour les inscriptions. Le portail Lettres sur le site Eduscol. La lettre d’information d’Eduscol pour accompagner les enseignants dans la mise en oeuvre des nouvelles modalités d’évaluation vient de paraître. Retrouvez sur Eduscol des ressources pour l’évaluation des niveaux de maîtrise du socle commun. Retrouvez des ressources de la BnF sur les civilisations et les cultures de l’Antiquité. La seconde lettre Edu_Num thématique, "L’esprit critique", vient de paraître.

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