This is Water

Originally This is Water is a commencement speech by David Foster Wallace. Later the speech was published as an essay and now it has been adapted into this wonderful short by The Glossary. It’s an inspirational little peace that, while stating the obvious, is an excellent reminder of how one should try to perceive the world around us. Enjoy.

 

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The Idiot

The Idiot cover

 

If you’re in search of a book and haven’t yet devoured the awesomeness of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot I highly recommend it! It’s a long read but what a pleasure. Especially, after having sat in lectures which took this book apart, so to speak, I’m able to appreciate it more.

The world Dostoevsky writes is in complete chaos but in a very comic way at that. So dramatic! But so enjoyable!

The picture of my translation’s cover I have here is, as my professor put it, “the lesser evil”. Mainly because certain things always gets lost in translations… Unfortunately.

That said, the one I have is translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky and the publisher is Vintage Classics. Plus, the cover is pretty damn cool!

 

Wise Words from 1975

 

 

Václav Havel’s Letter to Dr. G. Husák

 

 

Frederick Douglass

Reading Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave made me occasionally feel like I was reading a true fiction novel. This is actually Frederick Douglass’ autobiography.

I don’t think there is much I can say to ever give justice to the book so I would simply like to recommend this book. One thing I can say is that the story certainly makes one question the sanity of human beings. When thinking of that I cannot help but feel that people are truly so easy to manipulate. They too easily forget or bury the voice of reason and consciousness within. Instead of listening to their heart’s guidance in right and wrong they listen to something or someone corrupt.

And if looking at the times around us, like just today’s news about the Connecticut elementary school shooting — it does not seem like the times have changed much. I hope we will all grow up as soon as possible.

The Trojan Saga

Oh you gotta love Greeks and their logic in creating stories…

“Priam’s son Helenus had the gift of prophecy, for when he was a child serpents had licked his ears.”

(Classical Mythology, 9th ed. Oxford University Press. 479.)

Eyeopener

 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance