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Umberto Ecco Irreverent Guide to Writing a Thesis

Umberto Ecco Irreverent Guide to Writing a Thesis

A detailed review of “How to Write a Thesis” a book written by author and intellectual Umberto Ecco.  The book was originally published in Italian in 1977, pre-internet, so some technical info is outdated.  It was released in English last year, 2015.  It looks to […]

the Christ in Xmas

the Christ in Xmas

Xmas.  The abbreviation has been in use since the early times of Christianity.  The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which […]

first axiom of art

first axiom of art

…Art is not, like science, a logic of references but a release from reference and rendition of immediate experience; a presentation of forms, images, or ideas in such a way that they will communicate, not primarily a thought or even a feeling, but an impact. […]

Boccardi Hebrew illuminated manuscript

The Jewish community of Florence  flourished in the 15th-century, their position closely linked to the fortunes of the de’ Medici.  Lorenzo il magnifico was their protector; he encouraged Jewish scholarship and scholars. It is, then, unsurprising that Jewish patrons of this Mahzor (Jewish holiday prayerbook) solicited an […]


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