Category Archives: Literature

The Conquered Banner, 1865

Furl that banner, softly, slowly!

Treat it gently—it is holy–
For it droops above the dead.
Touch it not—unfold it never,
Let it droop there, furled forever,
For its people’s hopes are dead!

–Father Abram Joesph Ryan

The Real Landscapes of the Great Flood

I came to Tibet in the spring of 2002 to investigate a geologic mystery: How had the mighty Tsangpo River cut through the rising Himalaya…

Towel day on the International Space Station

Happy Towel Day, all you hoopy froods!

Source: Towel day on the International Space Station

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin, Syfy Adapting Classic Novel ‘Brave New World’

The Aldous Huxley novel was ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library.

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Isaac Asimov: “The Last Question”

A great philosophical science-fiction short by the undisputed master of the genre.

The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs….

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Was James Bond the Result of Ian Fleming’s Midlife Crisis?

Ian Fleming was 35 when he first visited Jamaica for a conference concerning German U-Boats—though, to hear Parker’s account of it, the island appealed to his boyish side. Fleming loved Jamaica for its recreational activities, its Caribbean folklore (basically, his belief that it contained lots of buried treasure, informed by his terrible “four-penny horrors” habit), and the kinglike reception he got from the locals merely for being British (he arrived at the tail end of its time as a crown colony). How he came to establish an estate there was equally quixotic: At the end of the war, Fleming told his friend Ivar Bryce, he would relocate to Jamaica to “swim in the sea and write books.”

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Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes’ tomb in Madrid

Forensic scientists say they have found the tomb of Spain’s much-loved giant of literature, Miguel de Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death.

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