George Orwell Reviews Mein Kampf (1940)

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Christopher Hitchens once wrote that there were three major issues of the twentieth century — imperialism, fascism, and Stalinism — and George Orwell proved to be right about all of them.

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Ernest Hemingway: T.S. Eliot “Can Kiss My Ass As a Man”

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T.S. Eliot may have been the most unavoidable force in American letters in the early 20th century, but he was probably not a very likable person. At least Ernest Hemingway didn’t think so.

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Tap Into Timeless Wisdom: Download 36 Free Courses in Ancient History, Literature & Philosophy

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I know, it’s a dated reference now, but since I still watch the remade Battlestar Galactica series on Netflix, the mystical refrain—“All of this has happened before and will happen again”–still seems fresh to me. At any rate, it’s fresher than the clichéd “history repeats itself.

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The 1985 Soviet TV Adaptation of The Hobbit: Cheap and Yet Strangely Charming

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If you call yourself a Tolkien fanboy or fangirl, you’ve almost certainly kept up with the various film and television adaptations of not just the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but of its predecessor, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Tolkien’s first children’s novel (or so the literary world first received it).

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Read 5 Stories By Haruki Murakami Free Online (For a Limited Time)

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In her New York Times review of Haruki Murakami’s latest, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Patti Smith writes that the novelist has two modes, “the surreal, intra-dimensional side” and the “more minimalist, realist side.

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Jorge Luis Borges, During Stint as Film Critic, Reviews King Kong (1933)

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Yesterday we featured Jorge Luis Borges’ review of Citizen Kane.

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Jorge Luis Borges, Film Critic, Reviews Citizen Kane — and Gets a Response from Orson Welles

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When we discover Jorge Luis Borges, we usually discover him through his short stories — or at least through his own highly distinctive uses of the short story form. Those many of us who thereupon decide to read everything the man ever wrote sooner or later find that he ventured into other realms of short text as well.

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Italo Calvino Offers 14 Reasons We Should Read the Classics

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In a previous post, we brought you the voice of Italian fantasist Italo Calvino, reading from his Invisible Cities and Mr. Palomar.

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Patti Smith Reviews Haruki Murakami’s New Novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

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Haruki Murakami’s 13th novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel, was first published last April in Japan, and, within the first month, it sold one million copies. This week, the novel (translated by Philip Gabriel) finally arrives in bookstores in the U.S.

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The Story of Oedipus Retold with Vegetables in Starring Roles

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Sophocles and Aeschylus may be spinning in their graves. Or, who knows, they may be taking some delight in this bizarre twist on the Oedipus myth. Running 8 minutes, Jason Wishnow’s 2004 film puts vegetables in the starring roles.

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