Category Archives: literature

Jane Austen and the institution of Marriage

“…I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most … Continue reading

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William Blake in the twenty first century

Reader! lover of books! lover of heaven, And of that God from whom all books are given, Who in mysterious Sinai’s awful cave To Man the wondrous art of writing gave, Again he speaks in thunder and in fire! Thunder … Continue reading

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The Stranger from Paradise, A Biography of William Blake

Portrait of William Blake by Thomas Philips (1807). G. E. Bentley Jr’s biography of William Blake, The Stranger from Paradise, follows the creative life of a promising young artist, whose genius and unconventional mindset, both fueled his art and hindered … Continue reading

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Lighthearted takes on fiction and physics

Two comics by John Atkinson, thirst-editions and simplified-physics.

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Story Elements: Core, World, Setting

C-3PO tells the story of the Rebellion to the Ewoks After trying to get to the root of readers’ satisfaction with a story, I found that a better understanding of what a story is might be in order. On its … Continue reading

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2017 is drawing to a close

Finally, 2017 is drawing to a close. I can’t say that it was one of the better years to look back at. This is why I’m not going to do any “2017 in …”, but just post a few pictures … Continue reading

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The Real Jane Austen???

“In the popular imagination, Jane Austen spent nearly all of her life sitting in a parsonage, working on her embroidery, gossiping about the neighbours and writing novels confined to ‘three or four families in a country village’.” From The Real … Continue reading

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