Category Archives: Books

May 08

The Story Behind Gauguin’s Biographic Noa Noa

On the 8th of May 1903, the iconic French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin died in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. In 1891, Gauguin sailed to French Polynesia allegedly to escape European civilization and “everything that is artificial and conventional”. As a record of his travels, he ended up writing a book titled Noa Noa describing his experiences […]

May 01

‘Heart of Darkness’ in ‘Citizen Kane’

On the 1st of May 1941, the American drama film Citizen Kane, had its premiere in New York City. The film co-written, directed, produced by, and starring Orson Welles, has been considered by many of the fans and film critics one of the best, if not the best, motion pictures of all time. The day […]

April 25

Allegory in Defoe’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’

The last day of the Easter Quote Week! On the 25th of April 1719, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe was first published. The original title, extremely long and detailed, led many people to believe that the book was based on a true story and authored by Robinson Crusoe himself. The title read as follows: The Life […]

April 24

The Business Mindset of Groucho Marx

Easter Quote Week, Day 7… On the 24th of April 1961, the famous American comedian Groucho Marx wrote a letter to the President of the Franklin Corporation,  a company in which he had become an investor. The sardonic character of the letter gives us an insight into Groucho’s vibrant off-stage persona and proves that he was as brilliant […]

April 23

‘Under the Glacier’ by Halldór Kiljan Laxness

Welcome to another day of the Easter Quote Week… Enjoy! On the 23rd of April 1902, Halldór Kiljan Laxness was born in  Reykjavík, Iceland. The only Icelandic Nobel laureate in literature (1955), Laxness was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, articles and travelogues. Major influences on his writings include August Strindberg, Sigmund Freud, Sinclair […]

April 22

Kant on the Feeling of Beautiful and Sublime

Easter Quote Week On the 22nd of April 1724, Immanuel Kant was born in Königsberg, Prussia. The German philosopher discussed the subjective nature of aesthetic qualities and experiences in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime, (1764): “Philosophical eyes are microscopic.  Their view is exact but small and their intention is truth.  The sensible [sinnliche] […]

April 21

The Myth of Romulus and Remus

Easter Quote Week continues… 21st of April 753 BC is the date traditionally recorded by Varro as the day when Rome was founded. It brings to mind the famous myth of the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, the alleged forefathers of the great city. The present version of the myth comes from the book entitled […]

April 20

Easter, 1916 by W. B. Yeats

 Easter Quote Week Easter, 1916 is a poem by W. B. Yeats charting the poet’s torn emotions regarding the events of the Easter Rising staged in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday, 24th of April 1916. The uprising was a failure, and most of the Irish republican leaders involved were executed for treason. The […]

April 19

The Mystery of The Shroud of Turin

Next in Easter Quote Week… Christian calendars refer to this day preceding Easter as Holy Saturday, when the Virgin Mary is assigned the title of Our Lady of Solitude, referring to her grievance and mourning following the crucifixion of her son Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Today we revisit the story of the famous  Shroud of […]

April 18

Quote Week Returns: Life After Death?

We dedicate the festive Easter holiday week to inspirational quotes which mark cultural or historical landmarks from around the world. As a spiritual introduction to Good Friday, the religious commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at the Calvary, here is an excerpt from The Spirits’ Book (Le Livre des Esprits). A systematic investigation into all […]