Word of the Day

ballyhoo
Definition: (noun) Blatant or sensational promotion. Synonyms: hoopla, hype, plug. Usage: The ballyhoo that accompanied Kyle's campaign for student council was ultimately unnecessary, as no one chose to run against him. Discuss

large-minded
Definition: (adjective) Marked by breadth or tolerance of views; broad-minded. Synonyms: liberal, tolerant. Usage: My plan must have seemed very foolish to her, but she was often large-minded about humoring the desires of other people.

wayfarer
Definition: (noun) A traveler going on a trip. Synonyms: journeyer. Usage: A little way past the inn we came upon a notice-board whereon the lord of the manor warned all wayfarers against trespassing.

Today

Talcott Parsons (1902)
From 1927 until his retirement in 1974, Parsons, an American sociologist, trained three generations of students at Harvard University. He was known for his attempt to construct a single theoretical framework within which general and specific characteristics of societies could be systematically classified and was largely responsible for introducing the work of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber to American sociologists. Why was Parsons considered one of the most controversial sociologists in the world? Discuss

Edvard Munch (1863)
Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: "From him I inherited the seeds of madness." Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this?

Hector Berlioz (1803)
Berlioz was a French Romantic composer. He studied music in Paris against his parents' wishes, and his first great score, Symphonie fantastique, became a landmark of the Romantic era. An impassioned and contentious critic, he was constantly at war with the musical establishment. Although he was the most compelling French musical figure of his time, his distinctive compositional style kept almost all his music out of the repertory until the mid-20th century. What are his most famous works?

Quote of the Day

Miguel de Cervantes
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand. Discuss

Agatha Christie
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

Gilbert Chesterton
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

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