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The best opening lines in literature

The Best Books and Opening Lines in Literature

It's not that the first paragraph is essential to making a book a bestseller, but the two often go hand in hand. The gift of making the first few lines so compelling that they make the reader continue reading, cannot be just a coincidence. Today, some of the best opening lines in literature.

The representation of the devil in a literature

The Different Faces Of The Devil: Five Representations In Literature

According to the famous French literary theorist, philosopher, and semiotics scholar Roland Barthes - myth is mainly a form of speech; it is a system of communication and exchanging messages. It is turned towards us; it is not a lie or a confession, but it lies somewhere in between. There is not a clear frontier between myth and history, rather a complex relationship between them. They conduct a vibrant interaction and are somewhat complementary or they overlap. One of the greatest and most interesting myths in human history is the one about the Devil.

Using Literature As A Travel Guide: Interesting Books To Read

If you're just a regular tourist, you'll probably be satisfied with taking a few photos at the great landmarks of the cities you visit, or learning about a few historical facts and maybe taking some notes in the meantime. However, if you are indeed a traveler and an explorer, you may aspire to a fuller experience. We have a fresh suggestion for you! If you like reading and travelling, why not combine the two?

Bosnian, avant-garde Boris Lalic

Bosnian Avant-garde Phenomenon In Contemporary Literature

Boris Lalić is a phenomenon in contemporary literature in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has published books named 100%, Jackie's on The Road Again and A Good Life in Times of Crisis. Boris sells his books in front of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. His avant-garde style of living and writing is something that makes him rather special and distinguishes him from the crowd.

Jean Paul Sartre

Jean Paul Sartre: Thoughts On Literature: Inspiring Advice For Young Writers

If you have an ambition to write, but you're feeling a bit lost or insecure, maybe you need a fresh perspective. A lot of talented writers are so full of self-doubt that they give up too easily, thinking they are just not good enough and cannot compete with other authors. The truth is, today's literature has become so diversified, with new genres, themes and styles, that there is a market for almost everything.

Literature, Architecture and History Intersect: the French Poet Lamartine and the Skull Tower in...

It is fascinating to see how monuments (and all forms of architecture, for that matter), can stand as witnesses of values from the past, and also as reminders of great events, often terrible ones – like massacres, crimes, and wars. It is important to study these landmarks and to stop and think seriously about their significance, not just view them as tourist attractions. Last weekend I visited Niš, a beautiful city in the south of Serbia, and saw something that shocked me more than I expected: the Skull Tower – a tower made of human skulls, dating from the 19th century. It reveals an unforgettable story of human brutality and evil, but also a story of courage and honor. Of particular interest are the impressions of the 19th century French poet, Alphonse de Lamartine, who wrote down his thoughts after encountering this profoundly disturbing construction. If you are interested in the magical way humanity, literature, architecture, and history intersect - keep reading.

Pick up lines to try it out

Top 10: Pick Up Line to Steal from Classic Literature

Words have this mysterious power. They can be seductive; they can make us physically react: our hearts can pound stronger and faster, our pupils dilate, we might feel nervous or excited. When it comes to courting, it can be considered as a perplexed game of communication. It's not just what you say: it's making sure the timing is right and adding a bit of charm to it. It's also about body language, and confidence too. Do you think you have what it takes to give a different, modern twist to these ten quotes from classic literature, and use them as your pick up lines?

YouTube As a Platform to Promote Education Activism

YouTube As a Platform to Promote Education & Activism

What are the best YouTube channels that will deepen your understanding of the world and inspire you to action? These few picks promote activism and education, the two pillars of change, empowering people all over the globe to make a difference.
Bored man switching TV programmes

Curing Boredom with Professor James Danckert

In Part One of this interview, we spoke to Professor James Danckert, an eminent cognitive neuroscientist discuss boredom in life and the workspace and the health problems that can lead to. James also tells us more about his work with mental models and the brain and how he nearly became a fiction writer.
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World Braille Day: How Seedlings Braille Books for Children Spreads Awareness of Braille

Since 2019, World Braille Day is observed on 4th of January to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realisation of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.
Six books to read

Six Non-Fiction Books of 2020 You Can’t Miss

Rethinking human history, combating climate change, sparking up the fire of motivation… Here are six non-fiction books published in 2020 to expand your mind and deepen your understanding of the world around us.
Student in biology taking sample of natural water

Life Sciences Internship at a Water Environment and Urban System Laboratory

Current master's students interested in organic and analytical chemistry in the context of aquatic pollution are invited to apply for a paid internship. Participants will work at a water environment and urban system lab in Paris, France. The deadline is on Friday 15th January 2021.
Fareedah Shaheed

Fareedah Shaheed: Forbes 30 Under 30 Tech Superhero Taking Cybersecurity To a Whole New...

By combining two passions inherited from her parents, IT and love for online teaching, Fareedah came all the way from a little girl mesmerised with her dad’s CISCO books to an award-winning online safety strategist. Her bubbly nature, curiosity and deep knowledge about the cybersecurity best practices help her in an everyday mission to teach online security to non-tech savvy people and help parents save their kids from online scams and predators.
Friday the 13th superstition

Why Is Friday the 13th So Unlucky?

Like many superstitious beliefs, the myth of Friday the 13th being unlucky has a multi-layered origin story. Its roots can be traced back to Christianly, Norse mythology, or the Knights Templar. After centuries, this superstition is present in popular culture - from films, through books, to video games.
10 Inspiring Young People to Follow in 2020

10 Inspiring Young People to Follow in 2020

Young people seem to often get the short end of the stick. Their lives are governed by rules created by older people who often underestimate them. While their lives are severely affected by the choices made by adults around them, they rarely have a say in policies that will impact their lives. Despite being unable to vote or have full independence, the following teenagers are trying and succeeding at making a difference. These inspiring young people are following their passion and taking the world by storm!
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NERA Economic Consulting Internship in London, UK

Current university students are invited to intern at NERA Economic Consulting in London, UK. There are both summer and off-cycle placements for students pursuing economics, finances, and other studies in a related field. Application process is ongoing.
Gaming Is Growing at Full Tilt - an Interview with Dr. Johannes Breuer

Gaming Is Growing at Full Tilt – an Interview with Dr. Johannes Breuer

The growth of gaming, how fast it continues to grow, who are gamers, the positive and negative effects of gaming, sexist attitudes among gamers, the educational potential, the effects on perception, cognition, children, teenagers and adults. These are the areas we shall talk about in this Part I of the interview with research scientist Dr. Johannes Breuer.
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Internship for Epidemic Prevention Project

University graduates with interest in public health and experience in project management are invited to take part in a paid internship in the sphere of health systems in Sierra Leone. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of €1,608. The deadline is on 11 October 2020.
Free Online Courses - Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University – Free Online Courses

As was the case with many universities, Wesleyan University was a men’s only university. It became wholly co-educational only in 1970. We are talking about the university in Connecticut, USA. Not the university of the same name in the Philippines at the moment.
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Main Takeaways from Harari’s “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”

We’re drowning in information, and Harari helps us understand what’s really going on - and what we can do about it. “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” covers topics ranging from religion, technology, and politics, a down-to-earth guide through contemporary reality. In this article, we will look at the most important insights you can learn from this book.

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