World Literature Classics

On Society and Future of Human Animals

What Desires Are Politically Important?

What Desires Are Politically Important?, (1950) by Bertrand Russell. (5.7 k words)

Why I am not a Christian

Why I am not a Christian, (1927) by Bertrand Russell. (6.7 k words)

Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?, (1930) by Bertrand Russell. (7.3 k words)

Demonic Males

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Demonic Males, (1996) by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson. (8.7 k words)

the Barbarism of Specialization

the Barbarism of Specialization, (1930) by Jose Ortega Y Gasset.

Industrial Society and its Future

Industrial Society and its Future, (1995) by Theodore Kaczynski. (34.6 k words)

Science Fictions of Human Animals

Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions

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Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions, (1884) by Edwin A Abbott. (34 k words)

Flatland is one of the greatest science fiction, meanwhile also being a social satire. Thru the preposterous world of 2-dimensional creatures and their social history, one become acquainted with dimensions higher than ours.

Time Machine

Time Machine, (1898) by H G Wells. (32.7 k words)

Thru the device of time, H G Wells adds a new chapter to agriculture and the meaning of livestock.

Greatest Mockery

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal, (1729) by Jonathan Swift. (3.4 k words)

A proposal of subsistence; a barbecue of babies.

Gulliver's Travels

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Gulliver's Travels, (1726) by Jonathan Swift. (105.9 k words)

Deemed the greatest satire in English literature.

Manifesto for the Society for Cutting Up Men

Manifesto for the Society for Cutting Up Men, (1967) by a insanely militant feminist Valerie Solanas. (11k words) Exceedingly funny yet forward-looking by half a century.

Greatest Tales of Ethology & Ethnology

Arabian Nights

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Arabian Nights, (≈800 〜 ≈1500) translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton in c1885.

The Arabian Nights is a eternal classic. The Arabian Night is significantly sexual in nature, dealing with women, sex slaves with firm breasts, monsters and gods, and Islamic mores. To read the entire work thoroughly is tantamount to years of study of Arabian ethnology.

Journey to the West

Journey to the West

西遊記 (Journey to the West; Monkey King), (c1590) by 吴承恩 (Wu2 Cheng2En1). (749.5 k chars)

The Monkey King is a eternal classic. The influence of Monkey King in the Asia is tantamount to Greek Mythology in the West. This fantastic fable is filled with monsters and gods and oriental thoughts.

The Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus

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The Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus, (1594) by William Shakespeare. (21.8 k words)

Titus is Shakespeare's first play. It is one of the greatest depiction of human's vengeance and anguish.

Fairy Tales, Mythology, Parables

Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, (1865) by Lewis Carroll. (26.8 k words)

Fantastics nonsense in a mathematical way.

Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood, (1697) by Charles Perrault. (0.75 k words)

In the Little Red Riding Hood, human sexuality flows thru like engorging flush.

Cupid and Psyche

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the Story of Cupid and Psyche, (c160) by Lucius Apuleius, thru Thomas Bulfinch. (3.5 k words)

The Cupid And Psyche is one of the greatest short story on love. It is a chapter of Greek Mythology, a pillar of Western culture.

To Build A Fire

To Build a Fire, (1908) by Jack London. (7.1 k words) A struggle of human animal against nature. If you can't build a fire, you perish.

Horror Fictions

the Adventure of the German Student, (1824) by Washington Irving. (2 k words)

The Masque of the Red Death, (1842) by Edgar Allan Poe (2.4 k words).

The Tell-Tale Heart , (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe. (2.1 k words)

Edgar Allan Poe's above two short fictions are typical of his horror genre. I particularly love the imagery and bizarreness in The Masque of the Red Death. The Adventure of the German Student is a master piece by the American writer Washington Irving, best known for his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Comedy

Jeeves and the Ph.D., (≈1999) by unknown. A hilarious comedy. (3.4 k words)

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade, (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe (5.6 k words).

Non-fiction

Politics and the English Language, (1946) by George Orwell. (5.29 k words) A tongue-in-cheek criticism of English writing.

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