Xah's Belles-lettres Blog Archive 2015-01 to 2015-03

Word Frequencies in Titus Andronicus

Julie Taymor's Titus

The Masque of the Red Death

the Barbarism of Specialization (philosophy) (by Jose Ortega Y Gasset)

Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence

hi, i heard you failed in English?

WHO telled you? it is unpossible. I sawed the result yesterday, i passed away.

ok bye!

bye, god blast u.

How the Steel Was Tempered

how the steel was tempered
〈How the Steel Was Tempered〉 Buy at amazon

Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky (Russian: Николай Алексеевич Островский; 1904 – 1936) was a Soviet socialist realist writer. He is best known for his renowned novel 〈How the Steel Was Tempered〉 on the Russian Civil War, when he is paralyzed and blind.

from Nikolai Ostrovsky

On Writing — A Memoir of the Craft By Stephen King. Buy at amazon

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction By William Zinsser. Buy at amazon

garments, rent, timidity, incensed, assuage, imploring, impious, parricide, affinity, resentment. Words in: Art: The Rape of the Sabine Women

Official Lincoln #SteerTheScript Commercial 📺

English Accent: Why Kevin Spacey's accent in House of Cards sounds off 📺

Why Is Academic Writing So Academic? By Joshua Rothman. At http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/why-is-academic-writing-so-academic

English Phonetics: IPA vs American Heritage Dictionary vs Merriam-Webster

Poem: The Bell Tolls for Thee; 鐘為汝鳴

The Carnal Prayer Mat 《肉蒲团》 〈The Carnal Prayer Mat〉

etymology of “imbecile”

imbecile «1540s, imbecille “weak, feeble” (especially in reference to the body), from Middle French imbecile (15c.), from Latin imbecillus “weak, feeble” (see imbecility). Sense shifted to mental weakness from mid-18c. As a noun, “feeble-minded person,” it is attested from 1802. Traditionally an adult with a mental age of roughly 6 to 9 (above an idiot but beneath a moron).»

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