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17 juillet 2011 7 17 /07 /juillet /2011 15:22

  Kenneth Koch's words

are given rhythm by the visual effect of kinetic typography : "watch" 'You want a social life, with friends' in the video below :


You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
To work hard every day. What's true
Is of these three you may have two
And two can pay you dividends
But never may have three.

There isn't time enough, my friends--
Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends--
To find the time to have love, work, and friends. Michelangelo had
feeling For Vittoria and the Ceiling
But did he go to parties at day's end?

Homer nightly went to banquets
Wrote all day but had no lockets
Bright with pictures of his Girl.
I know one who loves and parties
And has done so since his thirties
But writes hardly anything at all.

a poem by Kenneth Koch


Hey, should some students hesitate, let me give you a clue : Homer was not an animated character from the Simpsons series                      The poet claims "two can pay dividends", but "you may never have three": do you agree on this ? I guess the answers will all be different -close to philosophy, hmm ? Anyway, I believe only time will tell !

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16 mars 2011 3 16 /03 /mars /2011 23:28

These "top 100 book" are shown on a Guardian infographic :

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/photobylines/2011/3/14/1300105749763/Information-is-Beautiful--001.jpg"Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics ? [...] the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100's both popular and high-brow [books /.../] included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah's Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian's Top 100 Books of All Time." David McCandless & Miriam Quick explain.  As a result of their frequency analysis of the gathered titles, you get this "'consensus cloud visualisation" of the most mentioned books titles.

What would your Top 100 books be ?


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3 mars 2011 4 03 /03 /mars /2011 19:47

... tackles the story of the shooting of JFK

hence its title "11/22/63". Go to  his official website : you'll get the   synopsis  of the book, which will be released in... November !


Stephen King is known for his suspense and sometimes fantastic novels : you've probably heard of "Cujo", "The Shining", "The Tommyknockers", "Misery"... or other stories that give the creeps. Many of them have been adapted into films, as the legendary "The Shining" :

or as "Misery" -below, a film review :


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10 juillet 2010 6 10 /07 /juillet /2010 17:55


These videos present two women writers'  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Education/thumb_feather.png vision of creativity in writing... 

 Elizabeth GILBERT     is an American journalist and writer (a memoirist, a short story writer and novelist). In this TED talk, the author "muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius." I discovered  TED talks  about 2 years ago (you really ought to have a go  -if you don't know TED's yet!)  Last year I was dazzled by GILBERT's limpid speech : I do like to watch it from time to time for I consider it both funny and pretty moving.

February 2009

Most of English High School teachers in France have already heard of Amy TAN ...  if not studied excerpts from her novels in English textbooks. Here, she reviews both her childhood in quite a surprising and funny way... "and into the worlds of physics and chance, [she looks] for hints of where her own creativity comes from. It's a wild ride with a surprise ending."

Recorded in March 2008 in Monterey -California

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16 février 2010 2 16 /02 /février /2010 22:25
Bright Star

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

John Keats
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29 janvier 2010 5 29 /01 /janvier /2010 19:59
This 72-minute movie was created in 1954.
It is based upon the novel written by George Orwell in 1945.

Click on the book cover to watch the full movie ;
22'20' : you will recognize the passage you are currently working on !
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