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The restless soul of Anthony Burgess
When future generations look back on the career of Anthony Burgess (1917-93), they may well decide that his many earthly attainments—as novelist, critic, broadcaster, linguist, composer, educator, social provocateur and sometime morale problem to the British Army—pale into insignificance next to a far more important legacy: Burgess’s contribution to the debate about man’s proper relationship to his Creator and especially his own troubled but enduring connection to the Catholic Church. Burgess once remarked of his church-going neighbors, “I want to be one of them, but wanting is not enough” Burgess, perhaps still best known for his dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange, had a Chestertonian love of paradoxical aphorism: “Only when things are pulled apart may they be connected” ..Or: “Music may best be judged by the resonance of its silence.” Add Burgess’s mad-scientist demeanor, the twin headlamps of his eyes bulging out from the shock of snowy hair, and the amount of booze he put away during our hour together…
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2 days ago by thomas.kochi
Kikobeats/git-authors-cli: Detects project contributors and add it into `package.json`
GitHub is where people build software. More than 28 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over 85 million projects.
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6 days ago by mAAdhaTTah
Donald Hall and the Unsettling of American Letters | Front Porch Republic
But the response of many of the post-War poets to these new sounds was in some ways a loss of heart, a sense that more colloquial and prosaic speech reflected the post-War age more justly than their “well-wrought urns.” These post-War poets loosened their style, changed the subjects of their attention, and consummated the revolution taking place far away within themselves.
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10 days ago by fairyrevel
74 Essential Books for Your Personal Library: A List Curated by Female Creatives
When Open Culture recently published Jorge Luis Borges’ self-compiled list of 74 ‘great works of literature’, commissioned by Argentine publisher Hyspamerica, I, along with many others, saw one glaring issue in the otherwise fantastically diverse list: it included no works by female writers.

Whether intentional or not, the fact that women are excluded from Borges’ noteworthies (and in 1985, no less) means that a vast number of historically and culturally significant books and writings have been overlooked. While this ought not to discredit the works listed in any way, after witnessing the immense popularity of Borges’ list I certainly felt that for his selection to be relevant today it needed to be accompanied by a list of works which had been overlooked due to the gender of their respective authors.

I decided to put a suggestion to a group of international women writers, artists and curators, and we compiled our own list of 74 ‘great works of literature’ -- one just as varied, loose and substantial as that of Borges, but made up solely of writers identifying as women or non-gender-binary. Over two days we amassed many suggestions, which I’ve now curated to form the list below. It's not intended to invalidate the original, but rather to serve as an accompaniment to highlight and encourage a dialogue on gender imbalances in creative and intellectual realms, as well as to provide a balance by actively ‘equalising’ that of Jorge Luis Borges.
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