Dead Souls: more shitty rich people

I read Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol recently, and found it quite agreeable, as the narrator would say. The story features an enigmatic land owner named Chichikov, who, at the beginning of the story is a stranger in town who everyone finds intriguing. He travels around to all the landowners in the area, and attempts …

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how ‘the customer is always right’ culture is ruining our society

Happy May Day! Workers' rights are important, and are ignored quite a bit in this capitalistic country (one of the few countries that doesn't have May Day as a day off for workers... quite ironic.) Here, it seems, even workers treat other workers like crap. And I don't think it's necessarily because they are bad …

digging ditches: the ultimate human achievement?

How many Potential Einsteins, Hawkings, or Nabokovs or Woolfs or Monets or O'Keeffes are out there stuck digging ditches or scrubbing floors in order to survive? How much art and literature and scientific discoveries are the rest of us missing out on in favor of that floor being cleaned by a person rather than a …

Dust

John Steinbeck sure likes dust. I've already heard it described in more ways than I thought possible, and I'm just starting. It really does a great job of painting the scenery, though.

Another end

I've started reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, and it's another end of the world story. However, it is very well written so I'm not too annoyed, and I'm sure I'll check out more of her books afterward. Maybe there are so many stories about apocalypse because things always seem to be in decline lately. …