Category Archives: Literature

In Search Of The Island Of Utopia

A utopia is an imaginary place or society where everything is perfect. It’s derived from Greek “ou” (οὐ) meaning “not” and topos (τόπος) meaning “place”, and it literally means “no place” or “nowhere”. The word was first used in Sir Thomas More’s … Continue reading

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Answers To “Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk?”

In Chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter asked this unanswered riddle, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Several readers were perplexed (and I was one of them) and Carroll had continuously received letters requesting … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #6

Taste vs. Genius Taste and genius are two words frequently joined together, and therefore, by inaccurate thinkers, confounded. They signify, however, two quite different things. The difference between them can be clearly pointed out, and it is of importance to … Continue reading

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Pun Of The Weak: Speech

Bulldozer – someone who sleeps during a political speech.

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20 Funny Dedications

Stephen Fry, The Liar 1. To President Woodrow Wilson, from his only Vice. –  Dedication in Vice President Tom Marshall’s memoir 2. Hi Dad! *waves* – Kiera Cass, The Selection 3.  I should be remiss, indeed, if I failed to acknowledge my indebtedness to the … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #2

A Peculiar Anagram The following anagram, on the well-known bibliographer, William Oldys, may claim a place among the first productions of this class. It was by Oldys himself, and was found by his executors in one of his MSS. w. o. … Continue reading

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Thinking About Circles

“A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.” – Isaac D’Israeli “If patterns exist in our seemingly patternless lives — and they do — then the law of harmony insists … Continue reading

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