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The Witcher Season 2 Footage Is Here, and Its All About Ciri

It’s brief, but Netflix has given us a new look at the sophomore season of its smash-hit fantasy The Witcher, and while its titular hero is missing in action, it prepares us to see one more of its cast ascend to the School of the Wolf in their own right.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Netflix, Literature, Henry Cavill, Wolf, CD Projekt Red, Ciri, The Witcher, Yennefer, Cd Projekt, The Lady of the Lake, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Geralt of Rivia, Creative Works


Why Most Ancient Civilizations Had No Word for the Color Blue

In an old Zen story, two monks argue over whether a flag is waving or whether it’s the wind that waves. Their teacher strikes them both dumb, saying, “It is your mind that moves.” The centuries-old koan illustrates a point Zen masters — and later philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists — have all emphasized at one time or another: human experience happens in the mind, but we share reality through language and culture, and these in turn set the terms for how we perceive what we e...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Japan, College, China, Berlin, Literature, Josh Jones, Hokusai, Davidoff, Kanagawa, Loria, Sassi, Durham NC Follow, Kevin Loria, Jules Davidoff


John Steinbeck Wrote a Werewolf Novel, and His Estate Won’t Let the World Read It: The Story of Murder at Full Moon

Photo of Steinbeck by Sonya Noskowiak, via Wikimedia Commons John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden, but not before he’d put a few less-acclaimed novels under his belt. He didn’t even break through to success of any kind until 1935’s Tortilla Flat, which later became a popular romantic-comedy film with Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr. That was already Steinbeck’s fourth published novel, and he’d written nearly as many unpublished ones. Two of those three manus...
Tags: Facebook, College, Stanford, History, Literature, Seoul, Jones, John Steinbeck, Steinbeck, Wikimedia Commons, Lon Chaney Jr, Spencer Tracy, Colin Marshall, Gavin Jones, 21st Century Los Angeles, Dalya Alberge


Batman, Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams, and Matt Reeves Join Forces for a New Animated Series

The creator of the beloved Batman: The Animated Series and architect of the DC Animated Universe has returned. Bruce Timm, along with J.J. Abrams and The Batman’s Matt Reeves, will executive produce a brand-new animated series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network simply titled Batman: Caped Crusader.Read more...
Tags: Comics, Hbo, Science, Superman, Jj Abrams, Robert Pattinson, Literature, Gotham City, Batman, Cartoon Network, J J Abrams, Bruce Timm, Matt Reeves, The Batman, Batman The Animated Series, DC Animated Universe


A Black Lady Sketch Show's Fairy Auntmother Reveals an Inevitable Truth

Once people born in the early-to-mid ‘80s started having fits on TikTok over literal children telling them their hairstyles were dated, it was only a matter of time before the internet coalesced around the term “geriatric millennial” as part of our larger conversation about the current generation of 25-to-35-year-olds.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Literature, Fairy Tale, Fairies, German folklore, German Literature, Narratology


The Spanish Civil War: a nostalgia of hope

This summer will mark the 85th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, a brutal struggle that began with a military uprising against the democratic Second Republic and ended, three years later, in victory for the rebels under General Francisco Franco. The enduring fascination of that conflict, its ability to grip the global imagination, belies its geographical scale and is testament to the power of art. Pioneering photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro seared into the cultural me...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Featured, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, History, Rome, Britain, George Orwell, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire, Franco, Spanish Civil War, Literature


Vincent Kaufmann—Debord, Autobiography, Exemplarity

Vincent Kaufmann, trans. Robert Bononno Guy Debord: Revolution in the Service of Poetry (2006) Debord is one of the great autobiographers or self-portraitists of the second half of the twentieth century... He developed an unchallengeable form of autobiographical writing, through which a statement coincides with an act (and could coincide with an act only because it amounted to no more than "not showing himself".) ... In this light, it is clear that it is precisely because of their exemplarity ...
Tags: Literature, Biography, Jazz, Autobiography, Foucault, Barthes, Milo, Rousseau, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Critical Theory, The Literary Imperative, From A Notebook, Situationists, Debord (guy, Kaufmann (vincent


In Our Star Wars: The Rising Storm Excerpt, the Mystery of the Nihil Deepens

The High Republic is no longer in a time of peace. After the events of Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi, the first adult book set in Lucasfilm’s new wave of Star Wars stories set some 200 years before the events of the movies, the galaxy is under attack by the marauders of the Nihil and suffering from the Great…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Literature, Lucasfilm, Jedi, Nihil, Marc Thompson, Human Interest, DIS, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Asgar, Star Wars The High Republic, Marchion Ro, Narratology, Udi Dis


Do you know how these words were coined? [Quiz]

What makes a new phrase stick, really stick, in general parlance? Author Ralph Keyes explores that question in his book The Hidden History of Coined Words while also providing entertaining explanations of some of English’s most nonplussing words and phrases. All sorts of situations beget new words—hoaxes, insults, and jokes have all created common words, while more than a few resulted from typos, mistranslations, and mishearing (bigly and buttonhole, for example), or from being taken entirely ou...
Tags: Books, Featured, Language, Linguistics, Literature, English Language, Thomas Jefferson, Keyes, Word Origins, Arts & Humanities, Quizzes & Polls, Ralph Keyes, Word Histories


The Green Knight's New Trailer Is a Gorgeously Dark Fantasy Epic

We’ve been waiting for what feels like much longer than one year hence—thanks to a pesky global pandemic—for David Lowery’s The Green Knight. Now, it’s finally nearly here, and it’s still looking amazing.Read more...
Tags: Science, Romance, Films, Literature, Dev Patel, David Lowery, Human Interest, Ralph Ineson, Green Knight, Gawain, Morgan le Fay, The Green Knight, Creative Works, Cephalophores, Knight Errant, Knights Of The Round Table


This NSFW Love, Death, and Robots Trailer Emphasizes the Death

Well, you can’t say Netflix’s animated sci-fi anthology doesn’t give a fuck. It gives several.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Literature, Writers, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jg Ballard, Harlan Ellison, Tim Miller, John Scalzi, American Writers, Entertainment Culture, Artificial Intelligence In Fiction, Robot Series, Neil Asher


Star Wars Novel High Republic: The Rising Storm Excerpt Now Available

StarWars.com has given fans all types of goodies this week. The site released an excerpt of Cavan Scott’s new novel, Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm, the next book in the Star Wars: The High Republic series.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Literature, Daniel Jose Older, Jedi, Kriss, Galactic Republic, Human Interest, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Stellan, Justina Ireland, Star Wars Comics, Avar, Star Wars The High Republic


Marvel's Star Wars Variant Cover Art Commemorates LGBTQ Pride Month

Lucas films will honor June’s Pride Month with variant covers to remind fans that LGBTQ characters do exist in the Star Wars universe. All covers in the Marvel/Star Wars line will feature a queer character drawn by queer artists.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Fiction, Literature, Lucas, Falcon, Javier, Jedi, Lando Calrissian, The Empire Strikes Back, Human Interest, Babs Tarr, Sith, Stephen Byrne, Sana Starros, Star Wars Comics


Merry and Pippin Are Going Podcasting

These days everyone has a podcast, so why not a couple of hobbits talking about life in Middle-earth? That’s exactly what’s happening with The Friendship Onion, which will feature actors Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd talking all things pop culture—and in particular, the franchise that brought them together, The Lord…Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, Films, Hobbit, Oscar, Literature, Elijah Wood, Lord Of The Rings, Middle Earth, Billy Boyd, Tripod, The Lord Of The Rings, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Human Interest, Creative Works


Lyricism as activism: Sigurd Olson and The Singing Wilderness

On the northwestern side of the Great Lakes, at the border between the United States and Canada, there is a lake country called Quetico-Superior, known for its unsurpassed beauty and wilderness. This is the home of the influential environmentalist and writer Sigurd Olson (1899-1982). He served as President of the Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association, working also as a consultant to the government on wilderness preservation and ecological problems. At the same time, he earned pop...
Tags: Books, Featured, Activism, Minneapolis, Poetry, Canada, United States, Literature, Philosophy, Lake Michigan, Olson, University of Minnesota Press, Arts & Humanities, John Burroughs, Wilderness Society, Lyricism


Is Dumbledore gay? The question highlights a deeper literary debate

Intentionalism is the view that authors have a special authority over their work and can determine what is or is not the "proper" meaning to be found.Anti-intentionalism is the view that "there is nothing outside the text," and that while the author might be important, they are no more authoritative than the reader in determining meaning.The joy and wonder of reading is how we all find our own meanings in literature. We find answers and truths that no one else can define for us. In 2007, J.K....
Tags: George Orwell, Tennessee, Innovation, Oxford, Literature, Philosophy, William Blake, Philip Pullman, Christ, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lewis, Rowling, J K Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, Dumbledore, Jacques Derrida


Dune's Next Comic Dives Deep Into the Heart of the Imperium's Greatest Warriors

In Dune, the Sardaukar are some of the Imperium’s most elite soldiers: bodyguards to the Emperor of the Known Universe, and the deadly right hand of House Corrino. But a new comic book from Boom Studios is going to explore what lies beyond the martial skills of the Sardaukar, and we’ve got a first look.Read more...
Tags: Science, Literature, Dune, Frank Herbert, Genres, Kevin J Anderson, Brian Herbert, BOOM Studios, Duke Leto, Arrakis, Creative Works, Adam Gorham, Herbet, Jopati Kolona, Patricio Delpeche, Ed Dukeshire


Ava DuVernay Summons the Dragons of Wings of Fire to an Animated Series

Her DC Universe movie New Gods may have been canceled, but director Ava DuVernay is keeping busy. Netflix has just announced she’ll executive produce a new animated series based on Tui T. Sutherland’s best-selling, young adult fantasy series Wings of Fire.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Netflix, Literature, Dragon, Warner Bros, Ava Duvernay, Ava, Sutherland, DuVernay, Dan Milano, Wings of Fire, Pyrrhia, American Writers, Entertainment Culture, Tui T Sutherland


How to Create Vignettes That Really Pull a Room Together

Back when we were allowed to freely visit other people in their homes, you may have noticed that some had what was seemingly an area of knickknacks or other pieces of “decor” grouped together that somehow...worked. It didn’t look like some random junk taking up space, or the clearance aisle of a Home Goods—it looked…Read more...
Tags: Fiction, Theatre, Visual Arts, Ikea, Literature, Lifehacks, Plot, Prose, The Arts, Vignette, Literary Genres, Dawn Hammon


Forgetting Books We’ve Read

I believe books we've read sink in deep and stay there whether we can dredge them back up to the surface of recall or not.
Tags: Books, Comics, Reading, Literature, Neuroscience Of Reading, Reader& 039, s Lament


Is it good for you? According to Nietzsche, it's better to ask, "Does it dance?"

Friedrich Nietzsche's body of work is notoriously difficult to navigate. He wrote in multiple styles, including essays, aphorisms, poems, and fiction. He introduced idiosyncratic concepts such as the free spirit, the Übermensch, eternal recurrence, ressentiment, the ascetic ideal, the revaluation of values, and the affirmation of life. He shifted allegiances: writing books, for example, in support of the composer Richard Wagner and the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, but later delivering bliste...
Tags: Psychology, Greece, History, Earth, Dance, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, Mind, Wagner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Nietzsche, Elisabeth, Ree, Schopenhauer


Before Game of Thrones Got Big, Intimacy Was Its Greatest Strength

This Sunday marks 10 years since Game of Thrones changed the television landscape as we know it—kickstarting a decade of imitators, influencing the way genre stories were told as prestige drama, and, for most of that decade, expanding itself into a pop-cultural behemoth. Revisiting its first season is like stepping…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Literature, Game Of Thrones, Jon Snow, Jamie, Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen, Dany, Winterfell, Littlefinger, Catelyn, Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, Jon Arryn, Cersei Lannister


Made For Love Is All About Escaping the Tangled Web of Other People's Minds

Though HBO Max’s new series Made For Love, an adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s 2017 novel of the same name, is charged with the same foreboding dread about a technology-saturated near future that’s present in Black Mirror, the show imagines a hero who has enough sense to understand how messed up the world she lives in…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Literature, Harry Potter, Black Mirror, Zelda, Writers, Lord Byron, Murphy, Hazel, Herbert, Cristin Milioti, Matt Ross, Hazel Green, Patrick Bateman, Billy Magnussen


A Long-Lost Soviet Adaptation of The Lord of the Rings Resurfaces on YouTube–and Tolkien Fans Rejoice (1991)

When Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001, it heralded a cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy that would, at long last, possess scale, production value, and sheer ambition enough to do justice to the original novels. This set it somewhat apart from the version of The Fellowship of the Ring that had aired just ten years before on Leningrad Television — and hasn’t been seen since, at least until its recent upload (in two parts) to Youtub...
Tags: Google, Television, Youtube, College, Literature, Jackson, Shakespeare, Seoul, Peter Jackson, Tolkien, Peter Greenaway, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Prospero, J R R Tolkien, Tom Bombadil


To you I owe the most: tales of debt from Shakespeare’s England to the present day

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been paying off credit card debt in unprecedented numbers. Without travel or commutes, some households have been able to spend less and save more. Yet for many others, reliance on credit has become more necessary than ever. Furloughs, job losses, and reduced work for the self-employed have slashed incomes and increased emergency borrowing. Longstanding debts and periodic payments—student loans, rent—continue to fall due like clockwork. In the US, large h...
Tags: Books, England, Featured, US, Debt, Literature, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, George Saunders, Antonio, Gary Shteyngart, Lodge, Arts & Humanities, Bassanio, Brittney Powell


New discoveries about John Shakespeare: financial ruin and government corruption

A golden age for some, crooked and dishonest for others? Perhaps William Shakespeare grew up thinking this way about Elizabeth I and her ministers as disaster befell his father. Like thousands of others during Elizabeth’s reign, John Shakespeare’s business activities were denounced by well-connected informers linked to corrupt Exchequer officials. Once the queen had taken her cut, part of the profits went to privileged insiders who saw local men as easy targets. As documents recently discovered ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Featured, Court, History, House Of Commons, Literature, William Shakespeare, John, British, William, Shakespeare, National Archives, Warwickshire, Warwick


How to Pull an April Fool's Day Prank Without Making Any Enemies

Generally speaking, April Fool’s Day presents three possibilities: Annoying pranks that ultimately inspire a laugh, horrible pranks that go terribly awry, and the opportunity for brands to remind us that they should never tweet.Read more...
Tags: Entertainment, Literature, Lifehacks, Joke, Genres, Human Interest, April Fools Day, Practical Jokes, Practical joke, Meghan Moravcik Walbert


A Game of Thrones Broadway Show Will Bring a Key Book Moment to Life

Though the show is long gone, fans of Game of Thrones have plenty to look forward to. There will be more George R.R. Martin books (hopefully), multiple new HBO shows, and now there will be a stage production that’ll go back in time to fill in a key part of Westeros history.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Fiction, Olympics, Literature, Game Of Thrones, Jon Snow, George Rr Martin, George R R Martin, Jaime Lannister, Duncan Macmillan, Dominic Cooke, Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark, Jamie Lannister


Russian Proverbs About Spring

Probably, people in Russia do not a wait any other season as much as spring. Finally, the snow melted, the birds start ed singing, and nature began to acquire bright colors. For a long time in Russia, spring was treated with gratitude and honor. Writers have devoted an endless number of novels and poems describing spring nature. The people invented proverbs and sayings. In this blog, I would like to focus on such a pearl of folk wisdom. Thus, h ere are six of the most famous sayings about spr...
Tags: Russia, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Leo Tolstoy, Russian Language, Ivan Turgenev, Rooks, Bota, Alexander Pushkin, Vesna, Myriams Fotos, Russian proverbs, Russian sayings, learn Russian, Russian spring