Free Online: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Last week, we revisited Johnny Depp’s reading of the famous “wave speech” from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Wouldn’t you know it, a week later, we’ve discovered that you can read the entire text of the original novel, online, for free.


Ernest Hemingway’s Very First Published Stories, Free as an eBook

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“I like the early stuff”: the classic masculine comment to make about the work of a well-known creator, demonstrating as it does the cultural consumer’s dedication, purism, judgmental rigor, and even endurance (given the relative accessibility, in the intellectual as well as the collector’s senses, of most “early stuf


Gustave Doré’s Splendid Illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” (1884)

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One of the busiest, most in-demand artists of the 19th century, Gustave Doré made his name illustrating works by such authors as Rabelais, Balzac, Milton, and Dante.


Johnny Depp Reads Hunter S. Thompson’s Famous “Wave Speech” from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Hunter S. Thompson was a literary icon – a moralist, a gun nut, and the original gonzo journalist. He was the inventor of the true breakfast of champions and author of the most hilariously profane presidential obituary ever.


How the CIA Turned Doctor Zhivago into a Propaganda Weapon Against the Soviet Union

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Humanity has long pondered the relative might of the pen and the sword. While one time-worn aphorism does grant the advantage to the pen, most of us have entertained doubts: the sword, metaphorically or literally, seems to have won out across an awfully wide swath of history.


Old Books Bound in Human Skin Found in Harvard Libraries (and Elsewhere in Boston)

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For at least a decade now, the “death of print” has seemed all but inevitable. Amidst all the nostalgia for printed literature, it’s easy to forget that mass-produced books and media, and a literate population, are fairly recent phenomena in human history.


The Books You Think Every Intelligent Person Should Read: Crime and Punishment, Moby-Dick & Beyond (Many Free Online)

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While I normally try not to get involved with comments on web sites (you know what I mean), I’d rather get involved with the comments of some web sites than others.


What Books Should Every Intelligent Person Read?: Tell Us Your Picks; We’ll Tell You Ours

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Back in 2011 we featured astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s list of the books “every single intelligent person on the planet” should read.


Read an Excerpt of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1926 Translation of Beowulf Before It’s Finally Published Next Month

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For the first time, J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1926 translation of the 11th century epic poem Beowulf will be published this May by HarperCollins, edited and with commentary by his son Christopher. The elder Tolkien, says his son, “seems never to have considered its publication.


Lists of the Best Sentences — Opening, Closing, and Otherwise — in English-Language Novels

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I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.


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