“EIGHT O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING” BY RAY NELSON

2020-06-13T00:27:29+01:00June 13th, 2020|LITERATURE|

Here's one of the classic SF paranoia stories, a tale of aliens hiding among us with nefarious schemes. One day the world may wake up to their plans. . . but it would probably be a bad idea if you did. All by yourself. Alone. Very alone...

ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S ‘CHILDHOOD’S END’

2020-06-08T23:11:58+01:00June 8th, 2020|LITERATURE|

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End is the example without peer of a highly acclaimed novel that grew from a novella. So successful, in fact, has the novel been that few readers even know of or remember the shorter form from which it came.

“EXPENDABLE” BY PHILIP K. DICK

2020-06-21T12:46:47+01:00May 21st, 2020|LITERATURE|

Here's a wry little story—but one with a sting in its tail— that demonstrates that sometimes our worst enemies, as well as some unexpected allies, can literally be right under our feet...

THE BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ

2020-04-28T21:03:07+01:00April 20th, 2020|LITERATURE|

There is a man in Alcatraz who has been in isolation for thirty-seven years. This is probably longer than any other Federal prisoner has ever been kept in isolation. Steel doors shut behind Robert Stroud in 1909. Prison, in the Arabian phrase, is engraved on his eyeballs.

John Updike: At War with My Skin

2020-04-10T15:39:18+01:00April 10th, 2020|LITERATURE|

This article records the personal observations of John Updike, a highly regarded, perceptive twentieth-century American writer, on how moderately severe psoriasis has affected his life and also his thoughts about his disease and its treatment.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Confession of Faith

2020-04-14T00:16:53+01:00April 9th, 2020|LITERATURE|

In this famous chapter of Dostoyevsky’s classic novel The Brothers Karamozov, Ivan and Alyosha—two of the book’s four brothers—meet at a restaurant. Though both in their early twenties, the brothers possess dramatically different personalities. Alyosha has just asked Ivan the question: “Will you explain why you don’t accept the world?” What follows is Ivan’s answer.

Why War Books Are Popular

2020-02-07T09:03:41+00:00February 7th, 2020|LITERATURE|

Sir Herbert Read was a British art historian, poet, and critic. His book of poetry, Naked Warriors (1919), reflected his own experiences in World War I. In the following viewpoint, written as a review of a half-dozen war books, he discusses why, ten years after the end of the war, people had so much interest in war literature.