Quellenforschung

The study of the sources of, or influences upon, a literary work. Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal of Philology. From German Quellenforschung from Quellen-, combining form of Quelle source + Forschung [...]

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Antheil’s Ballet mécanique

The Ballet mécanique is a composition by the composer George Antheil. It’s both his most famous piece and most infamous. The original piece was written for 16 pianos, four bass drums, three xylophone and three airplane propellers [...]

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Magicians

“The greatest magician… would be the one who would cast a spell over himself, a spell so complete that he would take his own phantasmagorias autonomous appearances.” Jorge Luis Borges

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What is a group of jellyfish called?

A group of jellyfish is commonly known as a ‘smack’. A smack is an old english term for a smattering or taste but it’s not clear how they got that name. According to jelly fan Dr. Tierney Thys, scientists would rarely use the term a [...]

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The Brain

“The brain has no access to the world outside. Sealed within the dark silent chamber of your skull, your brain has never directly experienced the outside world and it never will.” David Eagleman

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Prosody

1. The pattern of rhythm and sound used in poetry. 2. The patterns of street and intonation in a language.

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