What Is Art? by Leo Tolstoy [EPUB]
02 May 2016, 01:08
1996 | EPUB | 1.81MB
This profound analysis of the nature of art is the culmination of a series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice, and religion. Considering and rejecting the idea that art reveals and reinvents through beauty, Tolstoy perceives the question of the nature of art to be a religious one. Ultimately, he concludes, art must be a force for good, for the progress and improvement of mankind.
The Shock of Recognition EPUB]
02 May 2016, 00:29
2016 | EPUB | 0.8MB
'How much time do I have left? A hundred days? A thousand? If I knew I was going to die next week but could be taken to see The Marriage of Figaro tonight, would I go? Absolutely.'
In a long and generously lived life, Barry Jones has been on an endless quest to share the extraordinary and the beautiful, to encourage the pursuit of an abundant life of reading and listening.
Following the publication of A Thinking Reed, he was staggered by the response to his lists of the great works that have had the most profound effect on his life and thinking. Here he expands on those lists to write about the literature and the music that have inspired him. With no claims to objectivity, he urges us to take the plunge, to rattle the bars of the cage and expose ourselves to the music of Hildegard of Bingen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler, Ravel and Stravinsky as well as the writings of Homer, Dante, Chaucer, Montaigne, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Sterne, Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce, and Beckett among many more.
Eagerly awaited by his many followers, The Shock of Recognition is a deeply considered, richly rewarding and often very funny journey of the mind.
Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions [EPUB]
17 April 2016, 17:18
2013 | EPUB | 2.81MB
Most of us never realise how many words and expressions used in everyday English have a fascinating nautical origin. This charming book explains the practical ship-board beginnings of over 200 such phrases - colourful, bizarre and surprising - and how they came ashore.