Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Let's have another ten "interesting" items

20 Classics You Should Read At Least Once In Your Life
via Lifehack by Ginnye Cubel
Nothing could be more fulfilling, exhilarating, or reassuring than a good book. Whether it’s to make you feel more at peace with yourself, inspire you to be brave when it’s hardest, or let you know that you aren’t alone, there’s nothing a good book can’t overcome. And nothing sticks with you like the classics. Books that have withstood the test of time for their universal truths and unique voices. While this list is by no means exhaustive, it is a good start for twenty classics you should read at least once, if not more!
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
4. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. 1984 by George Orwell
7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
11. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
15. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
16. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
17. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
18. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
19. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
20. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Yeah, OK. Perhaps I am not quite as well-read as I thought I was.

Five unusual ingredients in sweets
via OUP Blog by Connie Ngo
Headline image credit: Photo by artemtation. Public domain via Pixabay.
The number and variety of sweet treats in the world is staggering. Though many of us are familiar with the use of fresh fruits in desserts, flavorings in candy, and other ubiquitous ingredients, a great deal are unusual. They’re unusual in the sense that they’re “not commonly occurring,” or that we believe them to be so. With that, here are five ingredients you might find, but not expect, in your next dessert.
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Amazing photos of jazz legends
via Boing Boing by David Pescovitz
Photo and print dealer Limited Runs is touring a fantastic collection of jazz photos from the archives of Metronome, an influential music magazine that published from 1881 to 1961.
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Feminism and the City
via Arts & Letters Daily: Rachel Shteir in The Chronicle Review
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Like many people I know, I devoured my copy of Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City. Devoured because I am hungry as a reader, a woman, a feminist.
No, scratch that. Starving.
Consider this a complaint from a feminist dismayed. By women’s-studies programs on campus, which often seem intent on teaching students that they are victims or on broadening feminism until it loses its specificity and meaning. By these programs’ focus on the quantifiable, the politically correct, the facile.
Feminism on campus today seems to lack interest in life’s sweet and sour complexity and in the great 19th- and 20th-century literature energizing Gornick. It seems ablated from life. It makes the impersonal political.
The Odd Woman and the City stands against my dismay. Its particularity about what feminism has done for us ‐ and to us ‐ is spelled out as joyful, terrible, real.
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We’ve evolved to disbelieve evolution
via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
Experimental psychologists find that humans prefer explanations for events that have certainty and a sense of purpose over undirected randomness.
Override the controversy: Analytic thinking predicts endorsement of evolution (abstract only), a paper by University of Kentucky psych researcher Will M. Gervais was published in September 2015’s Cognition, argues that a belief in Creationism is the result of both upbringing and this cognitive bias.

Look away now: The prophecies of Nostradamus
via OUP Blog by Bill McGuire

If you like your prophecies pin sharp and “on the ball” then look away now. The 16th century celebrity seer Nostradamus excelled at the exact opposite, couching his predictions in terms so vague as to be largely meaningless or so open as to invite almost any interpretation.
Actually this extremely interesting article is less about Nostradamus and much more about possible future cataclysmic events on earth. And a recap of the 1815 Tambora explosion.
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Color Changing Mushroom Night Lights – bring the magic forest inside your home
via Red Ferret by Donyae Coles
Color Changing Mushroom Night Light
Night time can be dark and full of terror. These cute Color Changing Mushroom Night Lights can dispel the darkness and add a little magic to your evening.
Not as expensive as I thought they might be. I wonder if I should indulge my inner child.

Cinderella, Puss in Boots: what's in a shoe?
via Arts & Letters Daily: Nicolette Jones in The Telegraph
Made to dance: ballet shoes worn by Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in Powell and Pressburger’s 'The Red Shoes’ (1948), currently on display at the V&A
Made to dance: ballet shoes worn by Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in Powell and Pressburger’s 'The Red Shoes’ (1948)Photo: John Roan Photography
What is it about shoes that makes them such a recurrent motif in myths and fairy tales? “Fairy tales have their roots in social reality,” says Philip Pullman, who retold 50 stories in his Grimm Tales. “And in Northern Europe you needed boots. That’s why they appear more often than, say, hats or gloves.” In stories, shoes have often become magical objects, expressing freedom and punishment, loss and status, and, in psychoanalytic readings, sexuality. Their connotations are powerful, as is demonstrated by a new anthology, In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales and Folktales, which presents nine stories with footwear in their plots, ranging from a Greek myth to a French fairy tale from the Sixties, and embraces Perrault, Grimm, Andersen and Brer Rabbit.
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Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit hole would cost $14m if it were in the Shires of England
via Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza
A U.K. realtor valued the subterranean residence at £8.5m (~$14m), on the assumption that it is situated in Worcestershire, the county J.R.R. Tolkien supposedly had in mind when creating the homeland for his doughty, half-height, very well-to-do hero.
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Why do we eat?
via OUP Blog by Nicole Avena
At first pass, the answer is obvious – to obtain energy to support our everyday activities and ultimately, to promote our survival. However, many of our modern day food choices suggest another answer, one that actually stands to threaten our health and functioning. Increasingly, the reason we eat has less to do with sustenance and more to do with how certain foods and drinks taste. Moreover, our food choices are influenced by a multitude of other factors including the social situations we find ourselves in, our budgets, our sleep schedules, our stress levels, and the amount of time we have to prepare and eat a meal.
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