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  1. Milton is hard to grasp in terms his many...

    Milton is hard to grasp in terms his many allusions and Shakespeare in terms of the many idioms he uses particular to his time period. Otherwise, they're not particularly hard to read.
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    In the penultimate question and answer chapter,...

    In the penultimate question and answer chapter, the date is given in reference to Bloom's budget for the day. Page 711 in the Vintage International edition

    And my question is, how many times does...
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    Art: illusion Nature: illusion (?) ...

    Art: illusion

    Nature: illusion (?)

    According to Plato, knowledge is justified true belief. Not necessarily, Gettier counters. Dumb luck or coincidence can just as well reveal the truth and/or...
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    Who cares. I'm laughing as I type; thanks for...

    Who cares. I'm laughing as I type; thanks for sharing. :-)
  5. Beats me. "shall Wittenberg be sacked" This...

    Beats me.

    "shall Wittenberg be sacked"

    This makes me wonder though about Marlowe's relative renownless vis-a-vis Shakespeare.
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    for better or worse fools rule the world

    for better or worse fools rule the world
  7. Jayat, to echo cafolini, start somewhere but...

    Jayat, to echo cafolini, start somewhere but don't write for the sake of padding. A framework is only good if the indelible factor factors into the framework as well.
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    Letters' literary value as works of art? None. ...

    Letters' literary value as works of art? None.

    As a fascinating insight to a writer's art (his/her secret to writing)? Somewhat.
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    Google Harlem Renaissance, and you'll find enough...

    Google Harlem Renaissance, and you'll find enough authors to write a dissertation. I recommend Jean Toomer, Rudolph Fisher, Claude McKay, and Nella Larsen.
  10. Thread: Best Albums

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    The Police

    Zenyatta Mondatta and Synchronicity
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    what? my father's tears john updike freedom...

    what?
    my father's tears john updike
    freedom jonathan franzen
    rum diary hunter thompson

    why?
    grand total: $15 (what a bargain)
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    You hit the nail on its head. And just to expand...

    You hit the nail on its head. And just to expand on it, knowledge is unquenchable, so to get to the bottom of anything is as futile as having a rosy economic forecast live up to its rosy forecast.
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    Sticky: How would you feel though when you're walking on...

    How would you feel though when you're walking on a checkered street and you can only place your feet on the black squares? Checkers, playing checkers, that's what we'll be reduced to with President...
  14. No. Only because his plays tower over anything...

    No. Only because his plays tower over anything else he ever wrote, making his sonnets nice, cute, and nice again. Which is to say the sonnet form wasn't Shakespeare at his best, and any writer ought...
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    Sticky: From the dread summit of this chalky bourne. ~...

    From the dread summit of this chalky bourne. ~ Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
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    *$#@ *@# The cacophony of voices, pleading,...

    *$#@ *@#

    The cacophony of voices, pleading, begging…
    Bugger off, I say before I @!# ^%&* &*(^ing
    Do to you what I would…
    Erm…I mean what I should
    Have done to you you *(&^%(% ^%$&ing…
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    I agree with hillwalker that this is a very good...

    I agree with hillwalker that this is a very good opening. I worry though if you can make the premise stick and make the rest of the novel as absorbing as the opening.

    I say that because the...
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    1. Hamlet Shakespeare 2. Paradise Lost Milton...

    1. Hamlet Shakespeare
    2. Paradise Lost Milton
    3. Essays Montaigne
    4. Eugene Onegin Pushkin
    5. In Search of Lost Time Proust
    6. Ulysses Joyce
    7. Walden Thoreau
    8. Lolita Nabokov
    9. One...
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    According to a PBS presentation, it boils down to...

    According to a PBS presentation, it boils down to the idea that time and space aren't mutually exclusive. Ergo if you're moving in space, then time actually slows down. I'm grossly simplifying...
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    It's a beautiful site. I don't know how long...

    It's a beautiful site. I don't know how long it'll take me to get through the site--a year? two years? five years?--but I've got it bookmarked and cued up.
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    Sorry, wrong thread.

    Sorry, wrong thread.
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    What're trying to do, Tony? Kill me?

    What're trying to do, Tony? Kill me?
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    I change my mind; poets are made...still art...

    I change my mind; poets are made...still art can't be taught. You can be guided in the right direction but what does that mean ultimately? That you understand the value of taking directions? Which in...
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    Kelby, you're comments are so generalized that...

    Kelby, you're comments are so generalized that Nabokov himself would take you to task for it.

    I have two favorite scenes in the book, both funny as hell. I won't mention them lest you nod in...
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    I'm in the process of reading all of DFW. Last I...

    I'm in the process of reading all of DFW. Last I read was Consider The Lobster. He's right. We're barbarians.
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