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Had people related the work of Gogol before "The Nose"?

In The Nose, an opera by Demitri Shostakovich, Shostakovich combines many of Nikolai Gogol's stories, including The Nose, for which the opera is named, into a single story. Had previous...

Asked on 01/03/2022

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How powerful is Willems in the beginning of An Outcast of the Islands?

I'm first time reading a novel by Joseph Conrad; I was inspired and revered him since I saw Apocalypse Now. But as Mr.Joseph is regarded as...

Asked on 01/01/2022

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Searching for a Whitman quote

I am looking for a quote attributed to Walt Whitman with the following approximate meaning:Finding faults with others requires a bit of ability, but stopping yourself from abusing that information...

Asked on 01/01/2022

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Is Calvin an unreliable narrator?

Related: What is Hobbes? In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin has a radically different point of view than any of his peers or the adults in the...

Asked on 12/23/2021

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Hot Cross Bun Paradox

In the nursery rhyme Hot Cross Buns, there's the lineOne a penny, two a penny, hot cross bunsDoes this mean that you can buy a hot cross bun for either...

Asked on 12/20/2021 by Jacob Barrow

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Info about "Wisdom is One" by Benjamin Williams Huntsman?

Ran across a title. Out of curiosity, tried trolling the internet for more info. No joy. Does anyone know anything about a book titled "Wisdom is One"...

Asked on 11/22/2021

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Sentient manta rays living in Jupiter?

I am trying to remember a science fiction story I read that involved a civilization of sentient manta rays living in Jupiter. The book starts with the main character, a...

Asked on 11/17/2021

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In the middle part of The Fellowship of the Ring, how did Strider find and interpret that rock message supposedly from Gandalf?

Maybe this is explained later, and if so, please don't mention the resolution. However, if it's never mentioned again, I'd like to hear some reasoning. Basically, Strider leads the hobbits...

Asked on 11/15/2021 by Hurst

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Why is London 'the town which Brutus sought by dreams'?

In his short poem which begins 'Tagus, farewell', the English poet Sir Thomas Wyatt wrote of his longing to return to an unnamed city. For anyone familiar with...

Asked on 11/12/2021

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How could Thorin and co. journey all the way to Erebor without discussing how to deal with Smaug?

Thorin and co. with the hobbit take such an immense journey to Erebor as known to everyone who has read the book. But isn't it absurd that 14 men do...

Asked on 11/10/2021

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