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Category Archive: Literature and Similar Sins

Jul 26 2014

Link Round Up 7/26/2014

The Story of the Week: Our friends over at Skptic Ink publish a joint book. Read about it here. Skeptic Ink writers visit Skeptic Canary Show to discuss their new book. I personally don’t have access to the book, but you might want to check it out. Other Story of the Week: Make sure to continue reading the …

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Jul 12 2014

Link Round-Up 7/12/2014

Headline Story of the week: Mubarak Bala is a Nigerian openly atheist who has run into problem for leaving Islam. Read the report here and here. Story of the Week: Eduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014), the former Georgian president and the foreign minister of USSR during Gorbachev passed away last week. Read New Yorker obituary written by a Georgian, BBC …

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Jun 18 2014

Link Round-Up 6/18/2014

Story of the Week: Alex Gabriel is writing his memoir in a serialized form, Dickens-style. It is very moving and very well-written, I definitely recommend it. I have shared every chapter on Twitter, but here I link to the Foreword which includes the table of contents. Nine chapters published so far. The Other Story of …

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Jun 08 2014

Singer Recommendation: Giorgia

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I don’t know how many of you already know her – she’s not famous at all in Iran because a very small percentage of people listen to Italian music. Of course, she’s globally famous, and if you’re interested in Pavarotti and Friends series (I love them) you have already seen her. Anyway, she’s a singer …

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Jun 02 2014

Link Round-Up 6/2/2014

Story of the Week: The great American writer, poet, activist, and icon Maya Angelou has passed away. Heina Dadabhoy writes a very touching article about her feelings towards her. This is a great New York Times obituary. New Yorker has a great collection of photos of her throughout her life. HuffingonPost provides a good collection of …

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May 28 2014

Maya Angelou Has Passed Away At Age 86

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Maya Angelou, a poet, a writer, an activist, an icon of world literature and one of the greatest voices of equality and liberty, has passed away. She was a great poet. She was instrumental in my own life when I read her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I found her book to …

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May 26 2014

2014 Cannes Overview: My Most Anticipated Movies

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Cannes Film Festival is the most important cinema event of every year and it is the time when you can decide what are the best films to put on your to-watch list. This is my list. Obviously, I have not watched any of them, so I link to reviews that explain why these movies have …

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May 24 2014

Link Round-Up 5/25/2014

Headline: You already know that the great and awesome Heina Dadabhoy is coming to Freethough blogs and I’m so excited. Read this piece on New York Time. It’s a great profile on her. Story of the week: Islamophobia. I’ve been in Iran all my life. Naturally I’ve never encountered it, but it’s real and needs to be …

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May 22 2014

How to Write the Most Unlikable Atheist for TV

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So I came across this post on the Friendly Atheist. It includes this image. This is such a fundamental misunderstanding of storytelling. These are interesting, likable characters. Dexter Morgan and Sheldon Cooper are so interesting that they carry the weight of their otherwise poorly executed stories on their shoulders. Let’s ignore for a fact that being …

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May 22 2014

How Kurosawa Inspired Star Wars, and Why Movie History Is Awesome

HOLY SHIT this is an awesome video. It demonstrates how the movies of Akira Kurosawa (whom I regard as the greatest director who ever lived) especially Seven Samurai (which I consider the greatest film of all time) and Hidden Fortress inspired the Star Wars franchise, and also a very short history of American and Japanese …

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