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The Iliad of Homer

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Iliad of Homer by Homer Online course The Ancient Greek Hero and book The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours by Gregory Nagy “Hear me, and judge, ye sisters of the main! How just … Continue reading

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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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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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