Women?

Do they exist? Not, apparently, in the world of 'the glass bead game.' There are no women of power or intellect. There are no mothers, sisters, daughters. There are no random women walking down a street. There are no instances of the word 'she' in the entire book so far. The only hint that the female …

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Mind games

I've started reading 'The Glass Bead Game' by Herman Hesse, mainly because the title made me think of go. The story features a fictional game that is very abstract and deals with concepts and ideas as the 'pieces'. The players are intellectual elites who use pieces of knowledge or pieces of culture to play their games. The …

Word A Day: Accorder

Accorder  Definition: One who accords assents or concedes Here it is! The first word I'm not familiar with. I am familiar with 'accord', of course, but I've never seen this noun version used. When I first saw this I thought of a musical instrument, like a recorder, or an accordion. Thinking about music, I wonder …