Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Late Night Thoughts on Lewis Thomas

Lately, I've been enjoying the works of Lewis Thomas. In The Fragile Species, he shared ideas evocative of the late Carl Sagan: Never mind our embarrassed indignation when we were first told, last century, that we came from a family of apes and had chimps as near cousins. That was relatively easy to accommodate, having at …

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Brainstorming the Existence of a Mythical Country

The Constitution of the United Citizens of Andalucía, An Autonomous Community of Spain Area: 88,000 sq. kilometers, Population: 1,000 Economics Free market, fair trade, and laissez-faire economic policy. Production and export of wheat, barley, and other textiles as well as the development of hydroponics drive the economy. Carbon capture and sequestration methods are used to …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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Stylistic Techniques in To The Lighthouse

In her novel, To the Lighthouse, Woolf uses stream-of-consciousness narrative, an omniscient point of view, highly punctuated sentences, metaphors, repetition, allusions, similes, imagery, structure, and cliffhangers for various purposes. Woolf utilizes stream-of-consciousness narrative and a third person, omniscient point of view to weave together a story that has a lyrical musicality evocative of waves on …

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The Compson Family’s Disintegration

“Love’s pleasure lasts but a moment; love’s sorrow lasts all through life” (O’Connor). Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian’s words apply to the actions of William Faulkner’s characters in his The Sound and the Fury and convey love—and reasons to pursue it—as well as the timeless duration of the effects of love. Benjy, Quentin, Jason, and Dilsey …

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The Romantic Era

Expression was everything to the Romantics-expression through art, music, poetry, drama, literature, and philosophy. Like one of the intellectual fathers of the era, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Romantics yearned to reclaim freedom. Rousseau wrote, “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” The Romantic period was a time of political revolution and new ways …

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