Do the languages we speak shape the way we think?

Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express?

New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world

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Read hundreds of digital comics online

For well over a century, comic books have been the stuff of childhood pastimes. Some people never grow tired of comics, and this website might be just the tonic they are looking for … hundreds of unique comics in their original format

http://bit.ly/9DbU5w

Interview with Ayn Rand – an amazing author

In this engaging 1959 interview, her first on television, Ayn Rand capsulizes her philosophy for CBS’s Mike Wallace. The discussion ranges from the nature of morality to the economic and historical distortions disseminated about the “robber barons.” She also comments on her relationship with Frank O’Connor, provides some autobiographical information and gives her perspective on the future of America.

Have you read Lunch in Paris yet?

“As charming and coquettish as Paris itself, Lunch in Paris reawakens our tired hearts and palates with a deliciously passionate journey through the city of lights. Be prepared to be seduced by french kisses, the richest chocolate, and the sweet charm of Bard’s prose.”

Finding the best online literary criticism

[Via  The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://bit.ly/9MLMKc]

Ipl2: Literary Criticism [pdf]

Discriminating between the proverbial “wheat” and “chaff” on the Internet presents a number of challenges, and when it comes to discussion about online literary criticism, it’s even more difficult. This helpful guide to the best of such resources is made possible via ipl2, which itself is the merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII). These annotated suggestions are divided into sections that include “Best Starting Places” and “Starting Places for Particular Time Periods”. Each resource is profiled in a short paragraph, and the link is also offered for convenience. While some parties might find the suggestions a bit rudimentary, these sites can be quite helpful for persons just coming to this arena.

The internet is changing the way we talk

The Internet is hacking into our language. More and more, we hear onlinese words and phrases in day-to-day conversation — epic fail, full of win, newbs.

We are friending and de-friending each other. We are concerned about sexting. We speak of spamming and linking and blog blog blog. Meanwhile, we are tweeting away like a tiding of magpies.