Showing posts from July, 2018

The Tragedy of Man

Told Over & Over Again

By Imre Madach
Translated By J.C.W. Horne
Hungarian, 1861
Poetry, Drama, Allegory

Main Attractions

1.  Artistically crafted lines
2.  Begins with Faust’s Tale 
3.  Flows through Paradise Lost
4.  Spans Human History
5.  Elements of Theology
6.  Paired with Philosophy
7.  Includes Great Storytelling
8.  Emotionally Charged Scenes
9.  Diverse Interpretations 
10. Profoundly Wise Ethical Topics


A great review of the animated adaptation that includes a brief summary of Machache’ play.

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Mystery Meat
From this simple text, we can branch out into other fields of study to analyze more of what Madach is trying to say.  He packs in a variety of ethics and human history into a mere 80 pages.  It’s ranked as mystery meat simply because of the scope Madach reaches with this short drama.  In this case, mystery meat means there’s also something for everyone.  Readers can enjoy the beautiful, poetic language or the celebration of their rich Biblical …

Ambiance for Concentration

I hope everyone’s writing is going well!  

Cabin mates are saying their tearful goodbyes while others are vowing to join a more chatty cabin next year.  The last camp of the season is an emotional time for all of us.  This has been another great camp for me.  I’ve met some of goals, excelled in other and had major flops in some goals.  
So, either if you won or lost, met or failed to achieve your goals, the writing doesn’t have to end here.  Keep going, the Nano threads are always open.  Rumour has it they’ll even revamp the site, so be sure to jot down your writing buddies or screen shot the lists in case they’re lost.

I’ll link some of my favourite ambience videos for both reading and writing.  Many of these channels have a variety of other videos, these are just my favourites.  Feel free to link some of your favourites in the comments section below.  And share this post if you like.

Korean Coffee Shops, non-looping ones with people subtly in the background.

Upfirst, if you love to write…

On the Products of Libraries

There’s something charming about reading a library’s book.  There’s a constant awareness that the book is borrowed.  If it’s new, there’s a nagging feeling that someone else is probably waiting for it.  If it’s old, like really old and should actually be replaced, there’s an entirely different feeling when reading it.  My Hermann Hesse book has the dust jacket only taped on by the back flap.  The front one keeps falling off, but it’s comforting to read it this way.  When you open it, all of the binding is perfectly worn in, like that moment you secure on your favourite pair of jeans to go out for your every day excursions.

And the imbibed library scent, is a fragrance all it’s own.  Once a book reaches a certain number of years on a library shelf, it graduates from new book smell, to vacant of any reader’s perfume, to the musty scent and finally to the imbibed library essence.  It’s the natural aging of a book.  They need to bottle this stuff and sell it on the campuses of PhD students…

What We See When We Read

Images We Can Read

By Peter Mendelsund
Non-Fiction, Literary Criticsm, Graphic Novel 

Main Attractions

1. Bookish Book from a New POV
2. Intelligent Essay of Images
3. Densely Packed with Theory    
4. Lures you into Reading Classics
5. Exquisitely Designed Illustrations
6. Essays Arranged Thematically
7. Many other Books Referenced
8. Can be a Bunny Slipper Read
9. Invitation to Reflect on Reading
10. Can Spark Discussions

Cuisine & Delicacies
Ranked as: Hearty Veggie Burger
As a non-fiction, it’s on the lighter side of the menu but not because 1/2 of the book contains pictures.  What We See When We Read is combining a few styles of writing to explain the philosophy of reading but is so much more than a mere philosophy book.  

Why Visit Here

As a graphic novel, it’s filled with references to those many classics that are familiar to us but  most of us have probably never read.  Perhaps these images could spark a renewed interest in picking up these dusty old books and giving them a chance.  For…

Duelling Cabins = A Fun Camp

Atten: Fellow Campers!!

We're at the 1/2 point for July's Camp Nanowrimo.  So this means you have a cabin already & a project to work on.  The 1/2 point is often when folks run out of steam. So, what better way to light up the 'ole inspiration tank but with the duelling cabins.

Not this kind of duel!!

This kind!! 

If you see this, your cabin is cordially invited to join in for July Camp's 2nd half push to the finish line!  

How or where can you join in? It's being hosted over at the official Nanowrimo Site, here's the discussion thread:

Rally your campers & let's jump in!

Our cabin's at 58% ... we've got some bigwig heavy hitters.  If your cabin's tougher than ours, we hereby challenge you to a duel!

At camp, we are getting down to the crunch time, so we've expanded our cabins with free food.  Hope to lure in some more tough typists.  It seems to have worked because we have…

The Mahabharata

World’s Longest Epic

By Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa
Translated By John D. Smith
India, written c. 400 BCE
Epic Poetry, Foundational Myth

Main Attractions
1. Many stories woven into one.      
2. Ample philosophical discussions.
3. Endless supernatural elements.
4. Begins w/ origins of the world.
5. A few legendary, iconic characters.
6. Contains Ramayana & Bhagavad Gita.
7. Gruelling,detailed battles. 
8. Lots of philosophical commentary.
9. Many surprising scenes of wisdom. 
10. Amazing main story arc.


Cuisine & Delicacies
Ranked as: Han Jeon Shik
This is the world’s longest epic and is said to contain all of the world’s knowledge.  There’s such a vast number of stories, characters, schools of philosophy, nuggets of wisdom & surprising outcomes.  The unabridged edition is about 13 encyclopedic volumes long, so it’s quite an undertaking to read it all.  Since quantity doesn’t always mean quality, this abridged version is brilliantly translated so it contains the heart & soul of the …