A book that shows the world its own shame – Picture of Dorian Gray

(Book and) tea time! But this time, let’s not talk about writers famous by long volumes of their monumental work. Let’s remember a novelist made famous by his only published novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Oscar Wilde’s full name was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. Complex, isn’t it? Basically, just another telling embodiment of […]

James Joyce and Ulysses were born on this day (40 years apart)

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, known as James Joyce was born on 2 February 1882, and he was Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was one of the most prominent authors of the modernist movement and one of the most respected novelists of the entire 20th century. The topic of this article is, of […]

Happy birthday, J. D. Salinger! (You probs don’t care about New Year)

“I’m J.D. Salinger and I wrote The Catcher in the Rye.” Here’s the greatest pickup line ever! Jerome David Salinger, known to his audience as J.D. Salinger was born on January 1, 1919. He started his literary work at very early age, writing short stories and some of his early works got published in Story […]

Happy birthday, Jane Austen!

On this day, 242 years ago (more precisely – in 1775), a remarkable woman was born. Jane Austen was one-of-a-kind tenant of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. How many women writers from the 18th century have you heard of? Not many, if any, and we don’t even have to delve into explanations. These […]

Zoroaster or Zarathustra? Ask Nietzsche

There are many wonders in the world. The miracle of life. The wonder of death. But one of the greatest wonders of them all is how did it happen that one of the most prominent philosophers ever, namely Friedrich Nietzsche, became a pop icon. (Same thing happened with Che Guevara, but that is another story.) […]

Slave New World

54 years have passed since the death of Aldous Leonard Huxley. His notable works include fictional, dystopian novel “Brave New World” (published in 1932) and non-fictional “The Doors of Perception” inspired by experiences of author’s using of psychedelic drugs. One of the greatest bands in rock music, “The Doors” named themselves after this book. “Brave New […]

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