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Seneca, My Latin Lover

One of the letters from Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca to his friend, Lucilius Junior will be the reason I finally learn Latin. Greetings from Seneca to Lucilius Continue to act thus, my dear Lucilius—set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which til lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands. Make … Continue reading Seneca, My Latin Lover

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Love in perfect measures from the “Little Tailor”

The Little Tailor is a story of love, loyalty and forgiveness. However, if we are willing to accept that loyalty isn’t necessarily constant (and something we should not demand of others as much as we do) and that forgiveness becomes necessary only when we assume that loyalty should be, than we take away the buffers and understand that the film is solely and simply about … Continue reading Love in perfect measures from the “Little Tailor”

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Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

The more I think back to this short story, the more I cannot think of a better metaphor than the phrase “shooting an elephant”. A metaphor for many things, for everything. For doing something unnecessarily cruel. For the loss of something only seemingly light. For the fall of something grand, like a peaceful and prosperous empire. For imprisoning yourself, and killing the greatest, most fundamental, … Continue reading Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

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Love and Endless Desire by Edna St. Vincent Millay – My favorite sonnets

For me, her name has always sounded like the name of an exotic, dangerous volcano. As it turned out – after I read her poetry – my instincts were not too far off. The adjective that most succinctly describes the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay is “incendiary”. Perhaps not aggressively so, but incendiary, nonetheless. Her poems do not explode in a thousand burning flames, … Continue reading Love and Endless Desire by Edna St. Vincent Millay – My favorite sonnets

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Katherine Mansfield on fear, fleeting moments and unspoken love

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Mansfield’s short story “Psychology” is perhaps not the most witty or wellwritten work from her, as several of her other works, such as “Bliss” and “A married man’s story” are truly masterpieces in storytelling. “Bliss” is a … Continue reading Katherine Mansfield on fear, fleeting moments and unspoken love