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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. A vivid sociological account of post WWI socialites? Definitely. A well written, intriguing story? Sure. An interesting fictitious travelogue? Certainly. One of the greatest novels American literature has ever been graced with? I think not. This time and again is cited as among Hemingway’s best. I don’t know much of his later work, but this, being his first novel, is certainly a success. However I was left feeling disappointed and lost in the end. …

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Homer Simpson in the Great American Epic

I’ve recently begun to watch the HBO series, Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and I’ve mixed feelings. I’d wanted to read the series for some time after hearing so many glowing recommendations and reviews, but my current list hasn’t allowed it, and so I thought the television show might bridge the gap while giving me greater insight as to whether I’d want to set aside some time for the series …

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Imagine there was a great beast, say, on the plains of Africa. Imagine this beast roamed the nearly-barren lands. Say there were other beasts like this one, but they had since wasted away in the heat of the sun, or the cold of the night. Imagine this beast, this fragile life. Now imagine something different. Imagine all the constituent parts of the beast. Imagine its bones, its skin, its hair. Imagine all these parts. How dead they seem, how lifeless …

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There seems to be a prevailing, almost orthodox, interpretation of Plato’s Republic, that Plato himself was a staunch supporter of totalitarianism with great confidence in his proposed aristocracy. But this view often neglects the first city described in Book II, which arises out of the assumption that humans have many needs which cannot be satisfied independently (369b-c). It is easy to dismiss this constitution in particular, for it is quickly pushed aside and forgotten by even the characters themselves. Nonetheless …

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