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Against Amazon: seven reasons. A manifesto, written by Jorge Carrión.

I: Because I don't want to be complicit in symbolic expropriation.Amazon is not a bookstore, but a hypermarket. In their warehouses the books are placed next to toasters, toys or skateboards.II: Because we are all cyborgs, but not robots.Amazon has progressively eliminated the human factor.Because for us a book is a book is a book.And its reading - attention and gift - is a rite, the echo of the echo of the echo of what was sacred.III. Because I reject hypocrisy.The truth is that Amazon censors or privileges books according to the interests of Amazon.There seems to be no mediation. Everything is automatic.IV: Because I don't want to be an accomplice of the neo-empire.There are no booksellers on Amazon. The...

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Les vœux de Jacques Brel.

  Les vœux de Jacques Brel, was  first broadcast on  Radio Europe 1, on January 1st 1968. (Below is an extract in translation) There are probably better translations. Watch Laurence Vielle read the full poem here: I wish for you I wish for you desire. I wish you endless dreams and the furious desire to realize some of them. I wish you to love what must be loved and to forget what needs to be forgotten. I wish you passions, I wish you silences. I wish you birdsong on awakening and the laughter of infants. I wish you to respect the differences of others, because the worth and value of each are often to be discovered. I wish you...

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Claude Monet: Waterlilies and the Garden of Giverny

Water Lilies (or Nymphéas, French) is a series of oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts. He began the series in 1914, at the age of 73, setting up his easel beside his pond in Giverny and staying put as World War I flared around him. It has often been said that Monet painted the water lilies in near-total seclusion, but in fact he was surrounded by "a bustle of appreciative people, from his staff of gardeners, to his stepdaughter, Blanche, who...

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The Library of the Dead

The library of the dead Historians in Germany have launched a research project sifting through thousands of books belonging to Holocaust victims, left in storage in Berlin for over 75 years. "Well-thumbed, worn, battered and with yellowed pages. And yet these books are a unique collection. It is very likely that they come from the apartments of deported and murdered Berlin Jews looted by the Nazis. A library of the dead."

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How to Regain a Taste for Reading?

Whether you are looking to reignite a lost reading habit, or you never really got hooked on books and you don’t know where to begin, here's some tips to help you to get started! When we lose ourselves in a book, it allows us to escape from the world around us and find a calm place. A book can be taken everywhere, becoming our traveling companion for a  short while. 

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