Aug. 12: William Blake: Thomas Mann; Lauren Bacall 1924-2014: Erwin Schrödinger,

Paul Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate.Wikipedia
BornJune 6, 1875, Free City of Lübeck
DiedAugust 12, 1955, Zürich, Switzerland
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.

“To find peace in the presence of the faultless is the desire of the one who seeks excellence; and is not nothingness a form of perfection?”
--from DEATH IN VENICE (1912) by Thomas Mann

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the ...Wikipedia
BornAugust 12, 1887, Vienna, Austria
DiedJanuary 4, 1961, Vienna, Austria
Full nameErwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger
SpouseAnnemarie Bertel (m. 1920–1961)

MIT Technology Review 和 OpenMind

A day like today, in 1887, a brilliant scientist was born. With Schrödinger equation, he explained quantum physics. With Schrödinger's cat, even more
well-known, he revealed its contradictions. Then he kept on thinking, and his ideas revolutionized genetics forever: (Partner content via BBVA OpenMind)

Schrödinger was a quantum physicist who intuited what then became the basis of genetics, the DNA code, which he approached in his book "What is…


Whenever a Hollywood star of a certain vintage dies, somebody always pronounces them The Last Of The Greats—the final link to a hallowed Golden Age of American cinema. But in the case of Lauren Bacall the honorific was more appropriate than usual

The studio-era siren died on August 12th 2014

 Lauren Bacall 1924-2014


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British poet, printmaker and artist William Blake died #onthisday in 1827. Blake developed his own style of illustrated poems – he worked at the same time as Romantic poets and painters, but his style remained distinct. Here are three examples of his powerful work completed in pen, ink and watercolour.

"The Caverns of The Grave I've Seen" by William Blake
The Caverns of the Grave I've seen,
And these I show'd to England's Queen.
But now the Caves of Hell I view,
Who shall I dare to show them to?
What mighty soul in Beauty's form
Shall dauntless view the infernal storm?
Egremont's Countess can control
The flames of Hell that round me roll;
If she refuse, I still go on
Till the Heavens and Earth are gone,
Still admir'd by noble minds,
Follow'd by Envy on the winds,
Re-engrav'd time after time,
Ever in their youthful prime,
My designs unchang'd remain.
Time may rage, but rage in vain.
For above Time's troubled fountains,
On the great Atlantic Mountains,
In my Golden House on high,
There they shine eternally.

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Wikipedia
BornNovember 28, 1757, Soho, London, United Kingdom
DiedAugust 12, 1827, Westminster, United Kingdom

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.



4月18日:George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) : Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)舌辯大師丹諾;Samuel Huntington


For all his long career and prodigious energy he will always be associated with the phrase “the clash of civilisations”. How well does his argument hold up 24 years after he first penned it?

Samuel Huntington was one of America's great public intellectuals The author of "The Clash of Civilisations?" was born on April 18th 1972 ECONOMIST.COM
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Samuel Phillips Huntington (April 18, 1927 – December 24, 2008) was an American political scientist, adviser and academic. He spent more than half a century ..

As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and in an influential 1968 article in Foreign Affairs, he advocated the concentra

5 月5: Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, The ultimate failure of Napoleon. Bye bye paper fivers; Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse"

Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse" was published #onthisday 5th May 1927. The book includes fictionalised semi-autobiographical reminiscences of her childhood trips to the family house in Cornwall and the characters Mr & Mrs Ramsay are probably partly based on her parents Leslie & Julia Stephen (née Duckworth). Leslie Stephen was President of The London Library for 12 years and Virginia Woolf became a life member 4 days after his death.
To the Lighthouse was one of Virginia Woolf's most successful novels (the proceeds enabling the Woolfs to buy their first car!). 3,000 copies were produced by her Hogarth Press for the first edition. This is one of them from May 1927, and we're very happy to have it!

It's 05.05.17 – the last day you can spend your paper fivers in all shops across the UK.

4月16日:Charlie Chaplin 卓別林;川端康成自殺

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award.Wikipedia
“Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.” 
― Yasunari Kawabata
“Does pain go away and leave no trace, then?’
‘You sometimes even feel sentimental for it.” 
― Yasunari KawabataThousand Cranes
“A child walked by, rolling a metal hoop that made a sound of autumn.” 
― Yasunari KawabataPalm-of-the-Hand Stories

“Was this the bright vastness the poet Bashō saw when he wrote of the Milky Way arched over a stormy sea?” 
― Yasunari KawabataSnow Country, p.165



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