Tagged: Philosophy

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Seize the moments of ‘bookish’ happiness

I recently received a package of books (through the post), and I was instantly in awe at what delicately tumbled out – an old green cover with a picture of the boat with a red roof: A House-Boat on the Styx, written by John Kendrick Bangs. It was published in 1895 by Harper & Brothers. There’s also a stamp with the name there, perhaps from the library: Jean Ross Bennett,...

In a World of Words

You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world. Tim Gunn Three books from the past. Or goodbye, February: Let’s start with the largest book on the list – Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Are you aware that the octopus is the closest alien you can meet on...

Grotesque: abnormally large, shockingly ugly, distorted, and ludicrously odd

I have a remedy against thirst, quite contrary to that which is good against the biting of a mad dog. Keep running after a dog, and he will never bite you; drink always before the thirst, and it will never come upon you. François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, book 1  Have you ever wondered what a grotesque world would look like? Is it a world where the laws of nature, symmetry,...

Shambhala Land – myth or reality?

The Shambhala Land is said to be a hidden paradise in the depths of the Himalayas, only to be reached by a long and treacherous journey. The Shambhala legend dates back to thousands of years ago, and it has been referenced in a variety of ancient texts, such as the Kalachakra Tantra [ click to read – a guide to KT ]. Shambhala is a Sanskrit word that means either place of Peace...

Author Interview – Jessica Bakkers

LET THIS NOVEL HAUNT YOU…  1. I’m so excited to get to talk to you about Guns of Perdition (Armageddon Showdown Series), Jessica! This is your debut novel, and it’s haunting, gorgeous, and dark. Congratulations! What can readers coming in fresh to your work expect from this book? Thanks so much for having me, Ray! I’m thrilled to be here. Guns of Perdition is a genre mashup of Western and Horror, commonly known...

Is the universe symmetrical?

Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference. Pascal We love patterns. We build our houses following a pattern. We make our dresses following a contour or model. The nature around us also follows formats and likeness. The bees make their honeycombs in hexagonal shapes. The stars, the moon, and the sun also form a specific shape. Could...

Literature is not innocent

“When one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, “What does it mean?” It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable,” said Rene Magritte about his painting The Lovers. As you understand, we’ll talk about surrealism, but not about Rene Magritte in particular, although he was one of the most plagiarized artists, the true surrealist with witty and unexpected ideas. Today I’d...

Author Interview – John W. Howell

We chatted with John W. Howell about his new novel Eternal Road: The final stop, the transformation of the heroes, and the meaning behind historical and supernatural elements. 1. What is the significance of the book’s title Eternal Road? The title came to me one day while I was writing one of the scenes. Eternal Road is the avenue to one’s selected spot to spend eternity. The road is well-traveled...