What’s The Last Novel You Read?

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Today’s Monday Question is simple:

What’s the last novel you read?

I don’t have much to say on this one because you probably already know the answer if you read the blog daily.

Just last week, I reviewed The Confessions of Nat Turner. It’s a great novel if you don’t mind some clunky narration by William Styron. That’s the only drawback. Confessions is an intense and moving novel.

So what about you—what’s the last novel you read? Did you like it? And would you recommend it?

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Every happiness that a man enjoys rests upon illusion (Schopenhauer)


Every happiness that a man enjoys, and almost every friendship that he cherishes, rest upon illusion; for, as a rule, with increase of knowledge they are bound to vanish. Nevertheless, here as elsewhere, a man should courageously pursue truth, and never weary of striving to settle accounts with himself and the world. No matter what happens to the right or to the left of him,—be it a chimaera or fancy that makes him happy, let him take heart and go on, with no fear of the desert which widens to his view. Of one thing only must he be quite certain: that under no circumstances will he discover any lack of worth in himself when the veil is raised; the sight of it would be the Gorgon that would kill him. Therefore, if he wants to remain undeceived, let him in his inmost being feel his own worth. For to…

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Life In The Time of Ford Nation

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By: Bernhard Isopp

I do not exaggerate when I say that the last four years have produced the most formative political experience of my life. I have always been mindful of politics, a fairly engaged armchair pundit and sometimes even a fully animated activist, but I have never followed the minutiae of any campaign so closely – or with such anxiety – as the spectacle of the last ten months. Nor have I been so politically unsettled than during the past four absurd years in Toronto. I assume that this is also the case for many Torontonians.

All in all, I was quite proud to tell people that I was from Toronto. While traveling internationally, people always heaped praise on our city about its safeness, cleanliness, friendliness, and cosmopolitanism. (Traveling domestically to say Vancouver or Montreal, garnered qualitatively different responses.) I, through acts of selective ignorance, only saw the best…

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Life as Sirli

I thought about it and I realised that it isn’t my place to tell other peoples stories. Only they have the right to tell their stories. I feel like if I told you their stories it would be stealing, kinda. So instead I will tell you one of my stories.

When I was little, my family lived in an apartment. I’m not sure what floor our flat was. When I was home alone, or with my siblings, there were fiew times when I went to my kitchen and saw something. I walked in, there was a window opposite to the kitchen door. And there was also balcony door next to that window. So whenever I walked in I looked directly to the window.

One time when I went in I saw this black figure. It was a figure of a small boy riding a bike on the edge of…

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Back to Blogging: Ten Themes to Inspire You Right Now

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Carving out your very own corner on the web is important to you. You may be a brand-new user on WordPress.com — if so, welcome! — or a veteran blogger returning to an old habit. Recently on the Verge, Lockhart Steele, the editorial director of Vox Media, talked about getting back to blogging. On a noisy internet with many platforms, some are bringing their blogs back from the dead and reclaiming their personal turf.

But for me, the web ecosystem will always be bloggy at its core. I’m looking forward to being a part of it again myself.

— Lockhart Steele

No matter what type of blogger you are, these ten themes — ideal for personal blogging and writing — will inspire you: some are simple and understated, while others are bold and modern. Each theme works right out of the box, so you can start publishing right now.

Browse away!


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Around the World in Nine Photos

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Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on WordPress.com and allow your imagination to take you away…

Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View.

Photo by Nathanael Photo by P. Nathanael Gough

The image below, by UK photographer Andy Hooker, had us at hello. We love how the sign matches the woman’s red coat and how her right leg is in crisp focus just as her stride reaches the “h” above her head. Check out more of Andy’s work at LensScaper.

Photo by Andy Hooker Photo by Andy Hooker

Bao Pham‘s photo of this

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