Tag Archives: Narratives

Notes on Literature: Chance, Fundamental Laws, and Narratives

Despite being a talk by no less an intellectual personage than Murray Gell-Mann himself, Beauty, truth and … physics? is a warm, charming, clear, no-nonsense, and non-technical exposition of the aesthetic framework underlying the laws of fundamental physics. Yet, that’s not … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Literary Miracles of Three Kinds

In the world of literature, there are at least three kinds of works (fiction and non-fiction) that, in my opinion, could be termed miracles: Those that inspire awe both because of their sheer storytelling and-or narrative complexity and because of … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Story-Tellers and Fabulists

In my previous post I had promised further commentary on why it is possible to acquire a feel for, or working knowledge of, the works of some–but not all–authors by reading about them rather than reading them. So here it … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: A Very Brief Note on Postmodernism

While postmodernism may seem like a product of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, it is in many ways a throwback to more ancient forms of storytelling. The blurring of identities and of the line between fact and fiction, … Continue reading

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Quotes / Notes on Literature: Goethe’s Theatrical Machine

I have always imagined the creative aspect of the narrative arts–fiction, theatre, and motion pictures–as an exotic species of watch-making: tales put together using a million carefully crafted pieces, some little, some big, but all essential cogs in the narrative … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: The Machinery of Prophetic Narrative

My current obsession with Greek Tragedy, Fantasy, and Greek tragedy as Fantasy has led me to ponder at length on the single most powerful fantastic element in both the tragic and epic traditions: Prophecy. Having already touched upon it here, this post is … Continue reading

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Notes on Science: Let There Be Light!: An Irreverent and Incomplete Narrative of Physics in 610 words

Everything is a process at some level. – Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen in The Science of Discworld With this post I intend to initiate—what I hope will become—a recurrent theme in this blog: the crystallisation of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: City of Glass: A Postmodern Detective Novella

A review of City of Glass, the first novella in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy, first published in the December 2010 issue of The Banyan Trees. Do we know New York? Of course we do! There’s no city more … Continue reading

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Notes on History: 20th Century Year by Year: The Great Work of Time

A decade into the 21st century, I think the time is now apt to  contemplate the great work of Time, that is, the interpretation of the chronicle of human existence as a narrative. To illustrate this I’m going to pick up a … Continue reading

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Notes on TV Shows: How I Met Your Mother

 Apart from its most obvious characteristics (delightful lines, great actors and cosy settings), which it shares with all great sitcoms, what delights me most about How I Met Your Mother is the juxtaposition of excellent writing, amazing narrative technique, and great direction. Take … Continue reading

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