Another incredible collection by Gwendolyn Brooks.
Going to try to memorize The Anniad. It has so much.
Incredible poetry - needs to be more widely read.
Incredible poetry - needs to be more widely read.
Amphoras were for storing wine - the narrow base was used as an additional handle while pouring and is too narrow for the amphora to stand up unassisted. They were either placed in stands or sealed and stored on their sides.
Folks drank lots of wine so there's lots of amphoras. Also often stamps so you can date them and track trade routes.
Replica of a water clock used to control speaking time during juried trials in classical Athens.
These chapbooks are all free downloads from the publishing society's website if anyone else is interested.
Coroplast - Greek maker of terracotta figurines.
Interesting to imagine the Greeks displaying statues on a mantel like we do today lol
Wonder how affordable these statues were. They figured out how to use molds - did ordinary people display these?
The ruins of the Stoa (an open air pillared building for commerce / meeting) on top and its reconstruction below.
Personally thinking about authenticity and the value of keeping the ruins as they were versus the value of rebuilding. Both have their good points.
Haven't read any titles. Think one of the reasons academic press releases are less read then popular fiction is the often insane price tag.
PSA that university libraries often let anyone enter the library to read books - the Syracuse library will even let anyone borrow stuff for $25 a month or $100 a year - ridiculously cheap.
More light escapism - the Himalayas and dark purple font.
Last book in the series but there's a spin-off novel published this year.
Deeply interesting book.
As the book is in English, he first describes the meaning and history of the English word 'civilization'.
Then uses English to explore the existence (or non-existence) of similar concepts in pre-Qin China, focusing on the word wén and descriptions of people who did not follow the Shang or Zhou rituals.
King Wén descriptions evolve from magestic dress to a high culture embodiment as the meaning of wén changes.
Changes in meaning/usage of the word 'civilization' in English/French. Begins with roots in bureaucracy and with a strong focus on the superiority of Western European culture and need to civilize others. Switches to ethnographic / archaeological usages where people tried to compare multiple 'civilizations' or define aspects of a 'civilization'.
"I am interested in how we can use lexical changes in word meanings to study historical changes in collective consciousness and social structure."
Thought this was an archaeology-based history book, but this looks even more interesting. Seems to be written more simply than the media theory book I tried to read - hope I can keep up with it.
More light escapism. Desert setting this time.
I wish the quest companions had more life in them, particularly Tom. Author seems to do a passable job introducing them, then they just sort of either fade into the background or support the main character. More noticeable in this one because no major quest companions were introduced - it's people from previous books.
Still a light fun read though.
Has around 170 photos of various masks and dances used during the festival - can't not give the art a pick.
But the accompanying text is confusing. The chapter topics jump and if you have no background it takes a while to figure things out. Info on how the masks are carved is in the last chapter on individuals, not the two mask chapters. The festival's origin is almost at the end.
1. The books.
2. The stuff in 5.
3. Book quotes, reviews, comments about books.
4. Several times a day to not at all.
6. Placeholder book titles for the stuff in 5 with option to ignore it. User culture that discourages attaching irrelevant content to a book.
Also like how nice Litsy is, which I am not being lol
The politics and romance in the first part was surprisingly much better than the promised apocalyptic last part - which is just a slow drag to the inevitable.
Shelley sees her culture, country, and race as superior to others. I think here that's not just an aside - it partially explains why the apocalypse lacks any real emotional impact. It influences what she chooses to focus on and just makes a lot of things seem ridiculous.
The Gita itself is a pick.
This edition come with a lengthy intro and explanations of the content of each upcoming chapter. They are written in an authoritative "this is so" style that based on my conversations with other people fails to account for the diversity of how people actually interpret the text.
This is a collection of short stories by Leigh Brackett - Moorcook supplies the intro, in which he explains how her immense contribution to the development of science fiction has been overlooked. Oh the irony.
Stories tend to feature men saving the day with the power of basic scientific knowledge, winning a home / the love of a woman in the process. The setting tends to be various planets with indigenous populations and magic-technology.
It is customary to regard Mary Shelley‘s claims to literary distinction as so entirely rooted and grounded in her husband‘s as to constitute a merely parasitic growth upon his fame. It may be unreservedly admitted that her association with Shelley, and her care of his writings and memory after his death, are the strongest of her titles to remembrance.
The novella is a continuation of the previous novel in the series - also has some shorts I'd read previously and some very short scenes featuring some other characters.
Did not enjoy this one as much as the novels. Think this author is brilliant - especially his Conservation of Shadows collection - but I don't want to read plotless scenes just because certain characters are in them.
Finishing up an old series. This was a surprisingly solid children's book despite the obscurity.
Read a comment by Wilson years ago where he said that so many fantasy books are set in England that American children think you have to go to England to have a fantasy adventure. So he sets his books in America.
This is fantastic. Very interesting and readable - covers not only the historical details but why scholars have come to those conclusions and some of the major controversies.
Knowledge in this area is still developing and has been muddied by politics and poor research. Many of the major discoveries current narratives are based on are quite recent and new discoveries continue to be made.
Watched a movie adaption of this many times as a small child but never read the book.
Think Sara Crewe is an interesting contrast to Mary Lennox and Cedric Errol. Unlike Mary, she fails to be spoiled rotten. Unlike Cedric, she fails to charm her caretakers.
Strong racist undercurrents. A child reading this might take them at face value instead of understanding the history.
Urban fantasy of the type that's going to be more interesting after 5 books once you're,attached to the characters.
Okay but it did not stand out to me in any way. Wavering between pick and so-so, decided on pick because it really wasn't bad.
Do not think I will remember much of it in a week though.
I finished it.
Might have understood half of it too.
This is interesting when I can understand what the author is talking about, but I'm having a hard time. Heavy on media and political theory.
"One way to elucidate how the moral reform movement's internal dynamics derive from its location in a translocal field of influences is to address them through the concept of extraversion."
These words don't seem to mean what I think they mean.
Realized a short story in this one is part of a series and the first one is published in "The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories." I can't get that collection.
I hate this. I want to read series in publication order. I am a stickler. Understand that my views are incompatible with how short story publishing works but I still wish authors would not do this.