- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (from The Tempest)
- The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth (from Julius Caesar)
- Alms for Oblivion, Simon Raven (from Troilus and Cressida)
- The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (from Macbeth)
- Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust (from Sonnets)
"Why I picked up Light in August this year, I don’t know. It probably has as much to do with me being more mature than anything, but I was amazed by such a dark, stunning masterpiece of a novel. Set in Yoknapatawpha County in the 1930s, the novel is about race, sex, class, religion, and murder, told in a majestic, lyrical voice. This is the Faulkner readers rave about it, and I feel as if I have discovered it for the first time. I’d argue this is Faulkner’s best novel.”
Remember when Little Red Riding Hood was eaten by a hyena? Wait, that’s not the folktale we know. Whether or not Little Red Riding Hood gets eaten depends on where you hear the famous folktale, but anthropologist Jamie Tehrani discovered the origins of the scarlet-hooded girl — Belgium.
The Night Circus just came in the post - yay! It is beautiful as well - I’m loving the black edges!
'Jolly Ol' St Nicholas'
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th.
Source: Washington Post
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