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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)


The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)

20th April, 1841: First detective story (Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue”) is published. — ✍ Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo)


word: spurious


spurious

Definition: (adjective) Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine.
Synonyms: specious, unauthentic
Usage: The professor explained to the student that her essay had received a “C” due to numerous examples of spurious reasoning. Discuss.

quotation: Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. Ralph Waldo Emerson (listening to two audiobooks here at EUZICASA)


Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

Free Audiobook: Ralph Waldo Emerson Self Reliance

linguistics -word – wastrel


wastrel

Definition: (noun) One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; an idler or a loafer.
Synonyms: prodigal, profligate
Usage: Despite his parents’ best efforts to teach him responsibility, Sam grew up to be a wastrel who squandered his entire fortune. Discuss.

Fifty Five – (‘Languor is upon your heart and the slumber is still on your eyes…’), Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (from Collection of Indian Poems)


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Languor is upon your heart and the slumber is still on your eyes.
Has not the word come to you that the flower is reigning in splendour among thorns? Wake, oh awaken! Let not the time pass in vain!
At the end of the stony path, in the country of virgin solitude my friend is sitting all alone. Deceive him not. Wake, oh awaken!
What if the sky pants and trembles with the heat of the midday sun—what if the burning sand spreads its mantle of thirst—
Is there no joy in the deep of your heart? At every footfall of yours, will not the harp of the road break out in sweet music of pain?

***Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (from Collection of Indian Poems)

Fifty Three-(‘Beautiful is thy wristlet,…’), Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (from Collection of Indian Poems)


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Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with stars and cunningly wrought in myriad-coloured jewels. But more beautiful to me thy sword with its curve of lightning like the outspread wings of the divine bird of Vishnu, perfectly poised in the angry red light of the sunset.
It quivers like the one last response of life in ecstasy of pain at the final stroke of death; it shines like the pure flame of being burning up earthly sense with one fierce flash.
Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with starry gems; but thy sword, O lord of thunder, is wrought with uttermost beauty, terrible to behold or to think of.

Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali
(from Collection of Indian Poems)

Lazybones by Pablo Neruda (Selected Poems) (‘They will continue wandering,…I have no wish to change my planet…’)


Lazybones by Pablo Neruda

They will continue wandering,
these things of steel among the stars,
and weary men will still go up
to brutalize the placid moon.
There, they will found their pharmacies.

In this time of the swollen grape,
the wine begins to come to life
between the sea and the mountain ranges.

In Chile now, cherries are dancing,
the dark mysterious girls are singing,
and in guitars, water is shining.
The sun is touching every door
and making wonder of the wheat.

The first wine is pink in colour,
is sweet with the sweetness of a child,
the second wine is able-bodied,
strong like the voice of a sailor,
the third wine is a topaz, is
a poppy and a fire in one.

My house has both the sea and the earth,
my woman has great eyes
the colour of wild hazelnut,
when night comes down, the sea
puts on a dress of white and green,
and later the moon in the spindrift foam
dreams like a sea-green girl.

I have no wish to change my planet.

[A.R.]
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quotation: Always desire to learn something useful. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


Always desire to learn something useful.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

quotation: ‘…Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning, but…’ George Eliot


Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language Published (1755)


Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language Published (1755)

Written by literary scholar Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language was the first comprehensive English lexicographical work ever undertaken and is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language. Remarkably, Johnson completed the work nearly single-handedly over a period of nine years. Unlike most modern lexicographers, he introduced humor into a number of his more than 42,000 definitions. What are some examples? More… Discuss

word: pompous


pompous

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity.
Synonyms: overblown, grandiloquent, portentous
Usage: He read the proclamation aloud in a pompous voice, although nobody was paying attention. Discuss.

quotation: “Familiarity breeds contempt…”: Mark Twain


Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

quotation: A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

quotation: We often despise what is most useful to us. Aesop


We often despise what is most useful to us.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

word: irascible


irascible 

Definition: (adjective) Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
Synonyms: hotheaded, quick-tempered, choleric, short
Usage: He was a singularly irascible man; any little thing would disturb his temper. Discuss.

quotation: It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde


It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

quotation: Mark Twain (on friendship)


The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

The Danger, poetic thought by George-B (©Always) (the smudge and other poems)


The Danger, poetic thought by George-B (©Always)

The Danger lurking in plain sight,
disguised
as benevolent face…
It holds a book,
of broken promises,
some secrets to be kept…
How more can one deceive,
another one with,
But selling all there is,
and getting bloated at it…
The epics of persona selling,
is just as old as slave trade,
yes, it is…

quotation: No enemy is worse than bad advice. Sophocles


No enemy is worse than bad advice.

Sophocles (496 BC406 BC) Discuss

facebook, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems)


facebook, poetic thought by George-B

To like or not to like:
That is today’s question:
Facebook plays with my feelings of liking and disliking,
but you know that,
it’s all over the news…the betrayal of trust of confidence,
of the most basic relationship…among people:
Fairness, not taking advantage of each other,
as a tool to make yourself rich (and make another poor)
But then you knew there is nothing sincere about facebook, that some made into faithbook: big mistake, big, big mistake)

need: to return ethics to the world!

quotation: One story is good, till another is told. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


One story is good, till another is told.

Aesop (620 BC560 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804)


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804)

Hawthorne was one of the great masters of American fiction. His novels and tales are penetrating explorations of moral and spiritual conflicts, and his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, is often considered the first American psychological novel. Hawthorne also helped to establish the American short story as a significant art form with his haunting tales of human loneliness, frustration, hypocrisy, eccentricity, and frailty. What future US president did Hawthorne befriend in college? More… Discuss

quotation: The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society. Ralph Waldo Emerson


quotation:  The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

quotation: Vices are their own punishment. Aesop


Vices are their own punishment.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

The wheel, poetic thought by George-B (The smudge and other poems)


The wheel, poetic thought by George-B
(The smudge and other poems)

In the quest
To define the wheel
The scientist gave it the circle
The artist gave it any shape
The wood cutter cut a section of a tree…
And rolled downhill…
there came Pythagoras, and
he gave the wheel it’s formula

It’s alright, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems Page)


It’s alright, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems Page)

Before me, before I was,
There were two ideas of me, two thoughts
In two minds…and it was alright…
Then one day they came together in one,
New string of DNA, and it was all right…
I was then immersed in the ocean bubble, until
I grew wings, and it was alright…
One day, early morning, I thought
I could leave the ocean
for the rigors of land crawling,
but I did not crawl…
not for a while…and it was alright…
Then
Everything became prosaic, and prose,
and the poetry was lost to
the mundane passage of time,
and nothing could replace that anymore…
not ever…and it’s all right…

quotation: An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo (1802-1885)


An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

word: graybeard


graybeard 

Definition: (noun) A man who is very old.
Synonyms: old man, Methuselah
Usage: “So, fellow-pilgrims,” said he, “here we are, seven wise men, and one fair damsel—who, doubtless, is as wise as any graybeard of the company.” Discuss.

Sediments, poetic thought by George-B (my poetry collection)


Sediments,  poetic thought by George-B

Grudge
Hurt
Long time
Has passed

Empathy
Warmth
It touched
Under the surface
Long time
Has passed

Memories
Existing
Descending
The spiral
Eccentric

Future
If any
Remembers
The time
When it will be
In the making

(©Always, George-B)

quotation: Oscar Wilde – If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde


If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

quotation: Henry Fielding


LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss

quotation: The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)


The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Discuss

quotation: Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

quotation: “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” Ambrose Bierce


Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

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make music part of your life series: Horowitz plays Schumann Toccata in C Major, Op.7


Horowitz plays Schumann Toccata in C Major, Op.7

 

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quotation: …when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Arthur Conan Doyle


…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

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make music part of your life series: S.Riсhter plays P.Tchaikovsky L’espiegle, Op.72



make music part of your life series:  S.Riсhter plays P.Tchaikovsky L’espiegle, Op.72

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quotation: Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. Herman Melville


Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss

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quotation: “The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” William Shakespeare


The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

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quotation: “You see, but you do not observe.” Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

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quotation: What is most truly valuable is often underrated. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


What is most truly valuable is often underrated.

Aesop (620 BC560 BC) Discuss

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Persephone


Persephone

In Greek mythology, Persephone is the goddess of fertility and, having been taken captive by Hades and made his wife, queen of the underworld. Though Hades eventually allowed her to return to Earth, he first tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds—the food of the dead—thus tethering her to the underworld and making it necessary for her to return to him for several months each year. What changes are said to come over the Earth each time she leaves for or returns from the underworld? More… Discuss

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Haiku: Ant, Poetic thought by George-B


Haiku: Ant, Poetic thought by George-B

Innocent in fall
Water droplet rushes down
Engulfing the ant

ant

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QUOTATION: “Abstain and enjoy”. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


Abstain and enjoy.

Aesop (620 BC560 BC) Discuss

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Expectation, poetic thought by George B (my poetry collection)


Expectation, poetic thought by George B

It happen once before, creation,
when all there wasn’t turned into being
But then it all fell into complacency
And we became accustomed to just this –
We call being…

Being interrupted,
takes one to before creation,
when nothing was, yet,
everything had an equal chance to become…
fifty- fifty chance,
either – or
neither–nor,
it is that simple,
being, not being,
it’s expected…

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QUOTATION: James Fenimore Cooper – A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it.


A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction. Aesop


Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.

Aesop (620 BC560 BCDiscuss

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QUOTATION: William Shakespeare – “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”


The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

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