The Week’s End – A Round-up of Interesting Stuffs

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. This week I’ve got books to study, a movie to watch, complete with an analysis, a story on the elusive substance, dark matter, and lobsters. Enjoy!

American Dreams: Charming Pedophile Cruises Crass U.S. – The Daily Beast

In Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov wrote a love letter to the English language, skewered ’50s America, and created a pedophile protagonist who was both loathsome and likeable.

I love the book, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I know it has a loathsome subject matter but it is written so well that I consider it to be a a work of art. It’s hard for people to look past the plot to see how much work went into it but this article explains very well why this book is so good. I recommend the book to everyone. It’s written so well that while immersed in it you only see an interesting story. It’s only after that you realize how deplorable and sad the whole things was. Any writer that can do that with a book like this ought to be studied.

Understanding Art: In The Mood For Love – The Nerdwriter

I am accustoming myself to the idea of regarding every sexual act as a process involving four persons. We shall have a lot to discuss about that.

– Freud

I didn’t mean to watch this video. I followed Nerdwriter recently and was allowing all his uploads to play automatically in the background. I happened to look up while this analysis was playing and immediately I wanted to watch the movie. I couldn’t find the full film anywhere but on YouTube and after watching it I do think it is definitely a work of art. If you haven’t seen it watch it now! Trust me.

Jane Austen, Programming Languages, and Being “That Guy” in the Writing Class – The Incompetent Writer

Dear Jane,
I don’t usually read chick lit, but I didn’t hate reading this draft of your novel, which you’re calling Pride and Prejudice. I really liked the part where Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle went on a road trip, which reminded me of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (also about a road trip — check it out!).

I’m a new writer, and a shitty one at that but I am trying to learn something from all the greats. I started reading another of Austen’s books recently, Sense and Sensibility, and while I can recognize that she is a great writer I have a hard time understanding exactly how to emulate or learn that kind of skill. This article put that feeling into perspective for me and gave me a better idea of why it’s hard to study writing more advanced than your own.

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace – Gourmet

So then here is a question that’s all but unavoidable at the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker, and may arise in kitchens across the U.S.: Is it all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure? A related set of concerns: Is the previous question irksomely PC or sentimental? What does “all right” even mean in this context? Is it all just a matter of individual choice?

I have been thinking more and more about becoming a vegetarian. Even though I am not sure that it is morally wrong to eat other animals, I am sure that I do have a choice and for me I lower the amount of suffering over the planet a teeny tiny bit if I stop eating meat. But I haven’t cut the meat yet simply because I love it so much. This article made me think on it a little more.

Side note:I don’t care much for lobster. I’m one of the few people that think that crab meat is just more flavorful.

Dark Matter – The Truth Podcast

No one knows what it is, or why we can’t see it. All we know is that without it, the universe would fall apart.

Every week I find new podcasts to follow. My newest obsession is story podcasts. This one caught my eye with the title, dark matter is a fascinating subject. This story takes it in a fascinating direction.

Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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