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The Tibetan Leonardo

Review of The Treasury of Knowledge By Jamgön Kongtrul 10 volumes Snow Lion Publications

Jenn Brissett on 'The Bleeding Man and
Other Science Fiction Stories' by Craig Strete

A review. // Jorge Luis Borges called the stories of Craig Strete “shattered chains of brilliance.” Salvador Dali said, “like a new dream, his writings seizes the mind.”

The Annotated Lolita

“It has developed out of my own experiences in teaching and writing about Lolita, which have demonstrated that many readers are more troubled by Humbert Humbert’s use of language and lore than by his abuse of Lolita and law.” The Annotated Lolita

Emily Wilson:
Translator's Note to The Odyssey

When I was eight years old, my primary school put on a production of a (much-shortened) Odyssey, complete with costumes, song, and dance. The play starred the cute troublemaker in my class as Odysseus, the headmaster of the school as Polyphemus (the one-eyed monster outwitted by his tiny opponents),...

Why Exactly is This Book Obscene?

Plenty of books have been banned or censored over the years—and even more attempts have been made to ban and censor them. But I’ve always wondered exactly what these books were brought to trial for. “Obscenity,” after all, is a pretty wide field. It’s obscene, the number of things I’ve called obscene. So what was it? A certain number of bad words? General sexiness? A queasy feeling in the gut by a well-connected reader? I tracked down a few answers for famous books deemed (by some) obscene. Mostly, it’s about bad words—but sometimes it’s also communism!

Mudra: Early Poems and Songs

A mudra is a symbolic gesture or action that gives physical expression to an inner state. This book of poetry and songs of devotion, written by Chögyam Trungpa between 1959 and 1971, is spontaneous and celebratory. This volume also includes the ten traditional Zen oxherding pictures accompanied by a unique commentary that offers an unmistakably Tibetan flavor. Fans of this renowned teacher will enjoy the heartfelt devotional quality of this early work.


Book Summary & Analysis by Thug Notes // So it goes...

Periphyseon on the Division of Nature

Hints from amazon comments are sometimes exceedingly helpful. // "This book was published in 1976 before the increased attention that Eriugena is receiving today. It is problematical for two reasons. First, Uhfelder and Potter ask the reader to accept the limited selections from the full text which they deem important. And second, it does not use the normal division of text numbers which make citation easy. The complete text in English translation (Sheldon-Williams and Omeara) was published in 1987 by Dumbarton Oaks and is today a very rare book. The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies has been slowly issuing the Periphyseon in five volumes, in both Latin and English four of which are in print and the fifth is in process. Quite inexpensive through them. New and second hand book dealers want up to three times as much."

Overdue library book returned<br>to school 120 years late

A book that had been missing from a school library is finally returned - 120 years late.

The Information:
A History, A Theory, A Flood

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Contemporary Pop Art Covers for ‘Lolita,’
‘Brave New World,’ and Other Classic Novels

Brussels-based artist Levente Szabó has gone ahead and done that thing we all love, designing new book covers for a bunch of iconic titles — and putting his final…

Libraries show empty displays
in protest against copyright law

Libraries and museums across the UK show their anger at extended restrictions on public release of documents.

Books that deeply impressed me

Some books that had an impact on my life.

The Real Lolita

The story of 11-year-old Sally Horner's abduction changed the course of 20th-century literature. She just never got to tell it herself.

The Need to Read

Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small.

100 Suns

Between July 1945 and November 1962 the United States is known to have conducted 216 atmospheric and underwater nuclear tests.

Top 10 Underrated Science Fiction Movies

These aren't the droids you're looking for; in fact, you might have completely missed these robots, spaceships and dystopias, but you should definitely give ...

The Books And Music That Shaped Steve Jobs

I like living at the intersection of the humanities and technology, LSD, Bauhaus and Zen Buddhism shaped Apple's pioneering products as much as anything that took place on the assembly lines. They were among Jobs' greatest influences and they shaped his attitudes toward design, business and innovation. // TL;DR: Jobs read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


Ubik (/ˈjuːbɪk/ YOO-bik) is a 1969 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. It is one of Dick's most acclaimed novels. In 2009, it was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest novels since 1923. In his review for Time, critic Lev Grossman described it as “a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from”. // “... the group begins to experience strange shifts in reality. Consumables, such as milk and cigarettes, begin to deteriorate prematurely. Also, the group sees Runciter's face on coins and receives strange messages from him in writing and on television. Most of these messages imply that Runciter is in fact alive, while the others are in half-life, or 'cold-pac' as it is informally called. Group members who separate from the group are found dead, in a gruesome state of decomposition.”

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