May 23rd, 2013


Tolkien fans, rejoice! The Fall of Arthur, the author’s long-awaited unfinished, unpublished epic poem, is finally out, edited by his son Christopher.

Pair with Tolkien’s little-known original sketches for The Hobbit

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May 16th, 2013
From his many writings about his own experiences, we know that he was determined to get well paid for his work. He came from a well-off background but sought independence. He switched careers, from law to government adviser so as to be able to earn more (which made sense then; today the trajectory might be in the opposite direction. He coped with serious setbacks. His first novel was extremely popular but he made no money from it because of inadequate copyright laws. Later, he negotiated better contracts. He was very competent in financial matters and kept meticulous records of his income and expenditure. He liked what money could buy — including … a stylish house-coat (his study has no heating). But for all this, money and money worries did not dominate his inner life. He wrote with astonishing sensitivity about love and beauty. He was completely realistic and pragmatic when it came to money but this did not lead him to neglect the worth of exploring bigger, more important concepts in life.
What Goethe teaches us about a healthy relationship with money (via explore-blog)
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May 1st, 2013
In 1908, Kafka landed a position at the Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute in Prague, where he was fortunate to be on the coveted “single shift” system, which meant office hours from 8 or 9 in the morning until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. This was a distinct improvement over his previous job, which required long hours and frequent overtime. So how did Kafka use these newfound hours of freedom? First, lunch; then a four-hour-long nap; then 10 minutes of exercise; then a walk; then dinner with his family; and then, finally, at 10:30 or 11:30 at night, a few hours of writing—although much of this time was spent writing letters or diary entries.

Franz Kafka, professional procrastinator – an excerpt from Mason Currey’s compendium of famous writers’ daily rituals

Also see: The science of procrastination and how to manage it.

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April 16th, 2013


The tomb of William Shakespeare at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. 

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