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Ozymandias by Percy Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert… near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of … Continue reading

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Thirty is NOT the new twenty — The Defining Decade

The full title of the book is The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now (a bit lengthy and tedious, isn’t it?), by Meg Jay. It is a book about life, career, and … Continue reading

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Re-read Chasing the Light

Chasing the Light by Ibarionex Perello is a nice book on digital photography. It is easy and casual but detailed and encouraging, with excellent photos as illustration. I have read the book once, but it turned out that I was … Continue reading

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Blader Runner 与 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

不久之前看了第三遍 Blader Runner,同时读了作为其来源的小说 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?。 第一遍 Blader Runner,可能是在十年前了,感想是:三流动作+科幻片。 第二遍,我所注意的是 cyberpunk 的影片风格和反乌托邦的社会背景。 对于复制人,印象最深的是 Roy Batty 经典的 tears in rain 台词: I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Hamlet

Frailty, thy name is woman! Hamlet, 1.2 There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet, 1.5 The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, That ever I was born to … Continue reading

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西方政治工具将2012年文学奖颁给中国籍作家莫言

好吧,正经点。魔幻现实主义的书我只读过 Gabriel García Márquez 的 One Hundred Years of Solitude。 “魔幻写实主义”的中文百科词条有一句话非常有意思:“魔幻写实主义通常是兴起于一些压迫、独裁或集权社会里,可能表现了对于这样一个高度危险的政治现实的一种调适”。 回去查了下哥伦比亚的历史,19世纪的自由主义和保守主义的斗争,千日战争,20世纪铁路的建设和美国公司的霸权,军队对罢工工人的大屠杀,这些哥伦比亚的重大历史事件都穿插在了 Márquez 描绘的 Buendía 家族的百年兴衰中。

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A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons

到 A Dance with Dragons 已经是系列的第5卷了。 看得出 GRRM 在准备下一个高潮。5卷的剧情集中在北境长城的 Jon Snow 和东方的 Daenerys Targaryen 身边。长城上 Jon 为了对抗漫漫寒冬和即将到来的异鬼入侵团结着力量;Stannis 和 Bolton 家族正在北境争权;Daenerys 巩固着她在东方的征服;同时Tyrion 辗转来到了东大陆,而 Targaryen 家族的 Aegon 则带领雇佣军重返西大陆,加入权力游戏。 但是4、5两卷的积蓄和准备实在过长了。在少部分重要视点和更多实在不怎么重要的剧情中 GRRM 花了近2000页,而主线并没有重大进展:Jon 还在长城,Daenerys 也还在 Meereen,只有 Tyrion 从西方跑到了东方,却还在 Meereen 城外。个人见解,这两卷实在可以删剪大半并成一卷了。 下卷标题 The Winds of … Continue reading

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