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Why should you read books of Jorge Luis Borges?

When Ireneo Funes looked at a glass of wine on a table, he saw “all the shoots, clusters, and grapes of the vine. He remembered the shapes of the clouds in the south at the dawn of the 30th of…

Why should you read “Hamlet” of William Shakespeare?

“Who’s there?” Whispered in the dark, this question begins a tale of conspiracy, deception and moral ambiguity. And in a play where everyone has something to hide, its answer is far from simple. Written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and…

Why should you read “Crime and Punishment”?

What drives someone to kill in cold blood? What goes through the murderer’s mind? And what kind of a society breeds such people? Over 150 years ago Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky took these questions up in what would become one of…

Why should you read “One Hundred Years of Solitude”? – TED Ed

Why should you read “One Hundred Years of Solitude”? by Francisco Díez-Buzo (TED ed). One day in 1965, while driving to Acapulco for a vacation with his family, Colombian journalist Gabriel García Márquez abruptly turned his car around, asked his…

Is there any truth to the King Arthur legends? – TED ed

Is there any truth to the King Arthur legends? by Alan Lupack (TED ed). “Here lies Arthur, king who was, and king who will be.” So reads the inscription on King Arthur’s gravestone in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. Writing…

Titan of terror: the dark imagination of H.P. Lovecraft – TED ed

Titan of terror: the dark imagination of H.P. Lovecraft by Silvia Moreno-García (TED ed). Arcane books of forbidden lore, disturbing secrets in the family bloodline, and terrors so unspeakable the very thought of them might drive you mad. By now,…

Why should you read Edgar Allan Poe? – TED ed

Why should you read Edgar Allan Poe? by Scott Peeples (TED ed). A high forehead topped by disheveled black hair, a sickly pallor, and a look of deep intelligence and deeper exhaustion in his dark, sunken eyes. Edgar Allan Poe’s…

The “End of History” Illusion – TED ed

The “End of History” Illusion by Bence Nanay (TED ed). When trains began to shuttle people across the coutryside, many insisted they would never replace horses. Less than a century later, people repeated that same prediction about cars, telephones, radio,…

Everything you need to know to read “The Canterbury Tales” – TED ed

Everything you need to know to read “The Canterbury Tales” by Iseult Gillespie (TED ed). A portly Miller, barely sober enough to sit on his horse, rambles on about the flighty wife of a crotchety old carpenter and the scholar…

Why should you read “Don Quixote”? – TED ed

Why should you read “Don Quixote”? by Ilan Stavans (TED ed). Mounting his skinny steed, the protagonist of Don Quixote charges an army of giants. In his eyes, it is his duty to vanquish these behemoths in the name of…