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Marcel Proust in 1900

90 years of Proust’s masterpiece “In Search of Lost Time”

Proust’s magnum opus “In Search of Lost Time” was published in a span of 14 years, and this year, 2017, marks the 90th anniversary of the novel’s last volume’s publication.

Ayn Rand - When Atlas Shrugs The World Shakes

When Atlas Shrugs, The World Shakes

Who was Ayn Rand? Who was the woman whose philosophy is now called contra-Nietzschean philosophy? Or, to quote the first sentence of her novel – “Who is John Galt?”

Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die – Hunter S. Thompson

12 years ago Hunter S. Thompson put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. It was the end of this controversial journalist and author, enthusiastic drugs (ab)user, firearms admirer and founder of what will become “gonzo journalism”. We know him mostly for his novels – “Hell’s Angels”, “The Rum Diary”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.

Conrad In The Heart Of The Apocalypse

In February 1899, that is 118 years ago, Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad (born as Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) wrote his masterpiece “Heart of Darkness”. Conrad is considered one of the greatest novelists who wrote in the English language. And yet, he picked up English in his late 20s and, after moving to England, chose this language […]

Blank on Blank – Stephen King

Blank on Blank is a Brooklyn-based studio, in collaboration with PBS, that uses animated short films to present lost or forgotten interviews. “Famous names, lost interviews” is their tagline. People ask horror writer Stephen King about his childhood a lot. Sorry to disappoint, but he doesnâ’t remember anything too unusual happening in his early life. […]

A cursory review of Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith is a tough act to follow. That gossamer voice. The delicate fingerpicking. His wounds on full display, raw on early records, then wrapped up in gauzy, elaborate arrangements a la George Harrison in later years. There are few musicians out there who match Smithâ’s ability to find beauty and comfort â” instead of […]

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