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On the important benefits of reading aloud

Reading aloud is a way to enrich reading and knowledge For thousands of years mankind did not know the reading in a low voice, but read or recited texts orally. It has been said that Aristotle had the rare ability to read books without having to use slaves to read aloud. St. Augustine was amazed that his teacher St

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They find in Switzerland unpublished material of 'The Little Prince'

'The little prince' still has surprises for its readers The little prince , by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is undoubtedly one of the most endearing books in the history of literature, perhaps because it oscillates gracefully between wisdom and tenderness, simplicity and depth, children's evocations and lessons vital.

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Patti Smith recommends more than 40 books to inspire you intellectually and emotionally

The singer of "Because the Night" has not stopped browsing the literature to find those books that not only touch her heart but also involve an intellectual challenge Patricia Lee Smith, popularly known as Patti Smith, is a reference in the world of rock . He has become known as the "laureate punk poet" and his art as a basic component in the rock- punk movement in New York, in the US

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Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, recognized with the Nobel Prize for Literature

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke join the history of the Nobel Prize for Literature On October 10, 2019 the Swedish Academy determined to grant the Nobel Prize for Literature to Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, appointments that correspond to this year, in the case of Handke, and to the year 2018 in the case of Tokarczuk

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5 bookstores that honor memory, beauty and other goodness of books

These libraries are the best example of everything that exists around the culture of the book Reading is, in addition to multiple, one of the main ways of access to creativity and knowledge. It is a tool that guarantees one of the most indispensable human expressions for survival: the history of humanity accessible to anyone through explanations, stories, poetry and more

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JK Rowling's publisher will publish 4 books on the history of magic

Dark arts, herbology and divination will be some of the themes of these books on the history of magic that will soon be published by Pottermore With some frequency, some of the most celebrated works of literature are the result of a laborious and sometimes deep research process. It is true that certain writers perform this task for their own pleasure and it could be said that at the pace of their interests and curiosity, but even when this happens, in a somewhat freer way, if the time invested in the collection of information was measured, their systematization and its reuse, no doubt that calc

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Frida Kahlo recounted the last 10 years of her life in this secret diary

An invaluable document that records both the subjectivity and creativity of Frida Kahlo The idea of ​​writing a newspaper is relatively recent in the cultural history of mankind. Although writing arose fundamentally from the need to keep a record, it was many centuries before such activity was devoted to subjectivity, the inner world and the individual perspective of reality that are characteristic of a person. Th

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# Shakespeare2019, the opportunity to read 'Hamlet' collectively

One of the fundamental books of the Western literary imagination, 'Hamlet', is the subject of a collective reading on Twitter and other social networks April 23 is a significant date for lovers of books and literature, since for several decades it was spontaneously adopted as Book Day, after highlighting the coincidence on that day of the death of two of the most important authors of western literature: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes

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The book, the most unique of all human inventions (a lecture by Jorge Luis Borges)

The books were decisive in the life of Jorge Luis Borges, hence he was able to deliver this loving speech that defines and praises them Between May 24 and June 25, 1978, Jorge Luis Borges offered a series of five conferences at the University of Belgrano, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in which he addressed some of his favorite and recurring themes that, for those who know His work immediately identifies both the intellectual inclinations of the writer and his aesthetics

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This scene from 'Game of Thrones' shows why reading and writing is so important

This sequence of 'Game of Thrones' offers a precise, if somewhat brutal, definition of the effect that reading has on our lives. In Pajama Surf we have published before some notes that could well be taken as praise for the culture of writing. Some time ago we glossed a passage by Carl Sagan about the exponential progress that language development brought to our civilization and recently we published this comment to a passage by the Fedro de Plato, on the subject of writing in relation to good, justice and beauty

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10 books to understand '1994', the documentary about the year that changed to Mexico

A bibliographical selection to nurture the perspective around '1994', Diego Enrique Osorno's documentary about one of the most convulsive times in Mexico A few days ago, the Netflix platform premiered a documentary series entitled 1994 , directed by Diego Enrique Osorno and which presents in five episodes a reading of one of the most convulsive times in recent Mexican history

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The book Julian Assange had when he was arrested, an undercover message?

At the time of his arrest, Assange came out with a book in his hands, an eloquent title that could be a silent statement Yesterday Julian Assange was finally arrested at the residence of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after almost 7 years of having arrived there in search of asylum and protection

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NYT publishes book recommendation of David Icke, the man who believes that space reptiles control the world (and rains criticism)

Alice Walker, Pulitzer winner, recommends a book by David Icke in the 'New York Times' and burns Twitter 5 days ago the New York Times , considered one of the most prestigious mass newspapers in the United States, published an interview with author Alice Walker, in which she mentioned that she was reading the author's book The and the Truth Shall Set You Free British David Icke

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Karl Lagerfeld was a great reader and book collector: this is what he liked to read

Lagerfeld's impressive book collection Karl Lagerfeld, the recently deceased fashion designer, is described as a legend in his field of work, certainly unmistakable for his style and personality, which caused him to be called "the kaiser." Although, seeing it and admiring its collections for Chanel or other brands, one can easily guess that Lagerfeld was a special, highly original type, and even perceive his intelligence, we are surprised to discover that he was a voracious reader and perhaps one of the greatest Book collectors in the world

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The power of not wanting and not doing: key passages of 'Tao Te Ching' commented by Ursula K. Le Guin

The 'Tao Te Ching' is a spirit classic, a river that flows below all the rivers, and will never cease to be in force. The Tao Te Ching is undoubtedly one of the great treasures of world wisdom and one of the most enigmatic and profound books ever conceived. Their influence is unquantifiable and with the passage of time the versions that have been made, and their comments, become almost innumerable

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The 25 classic books of the spiritual life of the West (I: from Antiquity to Modernity)

A list that pretends to be a canon or a curriculum for the study of the spiritual tradition of the West and the cultivation of the soul that is oriented towards the divine The list that we present below seeks to approach what could be a canon of spiritual life in the West, taking fundamentally from the two great channels that intermingle in Western culture: Greek philosophy (mainly, Platonism and its avatars) and the Christianity

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A beautiful children's book to better understand sadness

An admirable metaphor about the place that sadness can have in our lives Of all the emotional states that human beings can experience, none as misunderstood as discomfort, in all its forms. Especially in the era in which we live, the discomfort tends to be lived with distancing, as if it were something that we know happens to us but that we prefer to ignore, to do as it does not happen, or that it is not oneself that it affects

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10 books to learn to think and form your own criteria

Most of us never ask ourselves the question of whether we can think because, as we always do, we assume that we do it well. Good sense is the best distributed thing in the world, because everyone thinks they have such a good supply of it, that even the most dissatisfied with regard to anything else do not usually want more than they already have

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This is the effect of growing up in a house where there are books

When reading becomes a habit of life, its effects are as important as school education. Why are books so important in life? If the answer to this question were obvious, reading would be an exercise as daily and recurring as checking Facebook or watching a series on Netflix. However, we know well that it is not so

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Did Carlos Castaneda fool everyone? New biography argues that Don Juan never existed

The researcher Manuel Carballal maintains that he denied the story of Carlos Castaneda and his Yaqui sorcerer. It is difficult to think of someone more influential in modern spirituality, particularly the so-called new age, than Carlos Castaneda, the Peruvian anthropologist who created a series of bestsellers recounting his encounters with the mythical Yaqui sorcerer Don Juan Matus