Humanities, Nonfiction

Garfield, Simon: Just My Type

2010

“Simon Garfield meets the people behind the typefaces and along the way learns why some fonts – like men – are from Mars and some are from Venus. From type on the high street and album covers, to the print in our homes and offices, Garfield is the font of all types of knowledge.”

(see @ goodreads)
Humanities, Poetry

Lucretius: De rerum natura

ca 50 BCE

“…a 1st-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience.” I’ve quoted from the William Ellery Leonard translation, available free at Project Gutenberg and elsewhere.

(see @ wikipedia)
Humanities, Nonfiction

Hofstadter, Douglas R.: Le ton beau de Marot

1997

“Not merely a set of translations of one poem, Le Ton beau de Marot is an autobiographical essay, a love letter to the French language, a series of musings on life, loss, and death, a sweet bouquet of stirring poetry—but most of all, it celebrates the limitless creativity fired by a passion for the music of words.”

(see @ goodreads)
Humanities, Nonfiction

Hitchens, Christopher: The Portable Atheist

2007

A compilation of excerpts of and on atheist & agnostic thought from Lucretius’s day to now, including philosophers, scientists, & literary figures, along with some of the usual suspects.

Quoted here, aside from Hitchens, are: Omar Khayyám, Benedict de Spinoza, David Hume, J. S. Mill, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, Leslie Stephen, Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, H. P. Lovecraft, Carl van Doren, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Chapman Cohen, Bertrand Russell, Michael Shermer, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Ian McEwan, Steven Weinberg, Ibn Warraq, A.C. Grayling.

(see @ wikipedia)