classic list

  • Me: 🎵IF YOU'RE GAY AND A COMPOSER CLAP YOUR HANDS🎵
  • Tchaikovsky: *claps hands*
  • Britten: *claps hands*
  • Copland: *claps hands*
  • Bernstein: *claps hands*
  • Poulenc: *claps hands*
  • Handel: *claps hands*
  • Schubert probably: *claps hands*
  • Cage: *claps bisexual hands*
  • Smyth: *claps hands*
  • Barber: *claps hands*
  • His husband (but not really), Gian Menotti: *claps hands*
  • me: *claps hands*
Witchy Mood Music

I responded to a post about chants and music to help raise energy (for hausofsageandcrystals & ace-of-pentacles) before or during practicing magic, and I thought instead of just helping that person, I’d just make a master post to help anyone who might be looking for a list like this.

Each artist is listed here with a link to an example of their music… I would 10/10 recommend all of these artists to anyone with a taste for the medieval/pagan/witchy feel. I will do my best to define the genre of music they all fall under for you guys. 


I hope this list is helpful for people! These are just some of my favorites, if there is anyone you think I should add to this list, message me! :)

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The Secret Reading List: Books mentioned in The Secret History

If you want to be as erudite and elite as the Classics Clique, you’d better add these books to your reading pile…

Specific prose/poetry/plays mentioned:

Untimely Meditations by Friedrich Nietzsche, Epigraph
Republic, Book II by Plato, Epigraph
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton, 6
Paradise Lost by John Milton, 8, 91
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth, 33
The New Testament, 36
Agamemnon by Aeschylus, 40
Oresteia by Aeschylus, 40
Inferno by Dante, 41, 115
Poetics by Aristotle, 41
The Iliad by Homer, 41, 627
The Bacchae by Euripides, 42, 204
Parmenides by Plato, 67
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, 85
Rover Boys by Edward Stratemeyer, 85
Journey from Chester to London by Thomas Pennant, 85
The Club History of London by ?, 85
The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert, 85
Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope, 85
Marino Faliero by Lord Byron, 85
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, 89
Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 92, 622
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 94
Mémoires by Duc de Saint-Simon, 103
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 110
Othello by Shakespeare, 115
The World Book Encyclopedia, 117
Men of Thought and Deed by E. Tipton Chatsford
Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie, 180
The Divine Comedy by Dante, 184
Superman Comics, 417
The Upanishads, 441, 466
Perry Mason Novels by Erle Stanley Gardner, 442
With Rue my Heart is Laden by A.E. Housman, 466
Lycidas by John Milton, 466
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 466
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, 466
Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos, 481
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 554
The Malcontent by John Marston, 615
The White Devil by John Webster, 615
The Broken Heart by John Ford, epilogue epigraph, 615
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, 616
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, 616
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, 619

Authors mentioned:

J.R.R. Tolkien, 6
Ezra Pound, 16
T.S. Eliot, 16
Alfred Douglas, 18
Robert de Montesquiou, 18
Plato, 22, 36
Homer, 23, 36, 49, 509
Dante, 33
Virgil, 33
Plotinus, 37
Marie Corelli, 85
Shakespeare, 91, 615
Alexander Pope, 103
John Donne, 117
Rupert Brooke, 120
Edgar Allen Poe, 132, 200
Hegel, 139
Raymond Chandler, 153
Gregory of Tours, 481
Thomas Aquinas, 509
P.G. Wodehouse, 538
George Orwell, 576-7
Harold Acton, 577
Salman Rushdie, 582
Agatha Christie, 587
Proust, 612
John Webster, 615
Thomas Middleton, 615
Cyril Tourneur, 615
John Ford, 615
Christopher Marlowe, 615
Walter Raleigh, 615
Thomas Nashe, 615

NB: page numbers correspond to the Popular Penguin Edition.

Japanese Music Vocabulary ・音楽についての単語

I re-watched my favorite anime, Nodame Cantabile. The feels and obsession are real, like the heaps of music-themed vocabulary I learned from it! Here you are! EVERYONE, WATCH NODAME CANTABILE, I AM SERIOUS!  (のだめカンタービレ)

「楽しい音楽の時間だ」

The nice thing about music vocabulary is that there are some Kanji that keep appearing again and again, making the words easier to remember (the readings)


General Stuff

音楽・おんがく・music

弾く・ひく・to play (an instrument)

楽器・がっき・Instrument

楽譜・がくふ・sheet music

クラシック・classical music

演奏・えんそう・performance

演奏旅行・えんそうりょこう・tour

手中・しゅちゅう・concentration

奏法・そうほう・way of performing, playing

公演・こうえん・performance

Some instruments

ピアノ・piano

バイオリン・violin

オボエ・oboe

ティンパニ・tinpani

ファゴット・fagott

トランペット・trumpet

フルート・flute

ギター・guitar

チェロ・cello

コントラバス・contrabass

ビオラ・viola

ピッコロ・piccolo

ドラム・drum

マンドリン・mandolin

Compositions

作曲・さっきょく・composition (also a する verb)

楽曲・がっきょく・composition

器楽曲・きがくきょく・instrumental piece

練習曲・れんしゅうきょく・étude

交響曲・こうきょうきょく・symphony

協奏曲・きょうそうきょく・concerto (eg. ピアノ協奏曲 piano concerto)

狂奏曲・きょうそうきょく(yes, the same as in concerto)・rhapsody

曲名・きょくめい・title 


Artists and Ensembles

音楽家・おんがくか・musician

奏者・そうしゃ・player, musician

指揮者・しきしゃ・conductor

デュエット・duet

室内楽・しつないがく・chamber music

オーケストラ・orchestra


Music Theory

音楽理論・おんがくりろん・music theory

器楽・きがく・instrumental

長調・ちょうちょう・major key

短調・たんちょう・minor key

和音・わおん・accord

協和音・きょうわおん・consonant accord

不協和音・ふきょうわおん・dissonant accord

小節・こぶし・measure

音符・おんぷ・note

休符・きゅうふ・rest, pause (playing)

絶対音感・ぜったいおんかん・perfect pitch

楽想・がくそう・theme

作品・さくひん・opus number (e.g. 作品18 - op. 18)

楽章・がくしょう・movement (e.g. 第1楽章 - first movement)

The unquestioned Black classics in cinema:

Boyz N Da Hood
Menace II Society
Poetic Justice
Friday
Do The Right Thing
Love & Basketball
How High
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Coming To America
The Wiz
Dolemite
Players Club
Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood
Juice
Set It Off
Cooley High
Lean On Me
What’s Love Got To Do With It
Class Act
Lady Sings The Blues
Soul Food
Roots
Waiting To Exhale

The underrated but actually better than all the previously mentioned Black classics in cinema:

X
Fresh
Love Jones
Crooklyn
School Daze
Squeeze
Brown Sugar
South Central
Why Did I Get Married
Eve’s Bayou
The Inkwell
Boomerang
Higher Learning
Jason’s Lyric
The Wood
The Five Heartbeats
Above The Rim
House Party 3
Dead Presidents
Sugar Hill
In Too Deep
Sunset Park
Akeelah & The Bee
New Jersey Drive
He Got Game
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
American Gangster
Amistad
Django Unchained

The hilariously overrated Black classics in cinema:

Belly
Best Man
EVERY OTHER TYLER PERRY MOVIE
ATL
You Got Stomped On The Drumline
Vampire In Brooklyn
Baps
Bad Boys
Tales From the Hood
Pootie Tang
The Barbershop
Hollywood Shuffle
Precious
Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Hustle & Flow
Notorious
Idlewild
Life
Training Day

Feel free to categorize and add any I missed…


…and I’m blocking anybody that mentions Big Mama’s House and/or Soul Plane

Classic Literature Bad Boy Crushes, A Ranking

Level 1: Mr. Darcy. Strictly entry-level. Really just awkward and kinda rude, hasn’t killed anyone.

Level 2: Lord Byron. Significantly edgier, with a laundry list of real and fictional misdeeds. Probably killed someone at some point.

Level 3: Rodion Raskolnikov. Welcome to Russian literature. You’re definitely lusting after a murderer now, but at least he’s repentant.

Level 4: Nikolai Stavrogin. You’ve graduated to Dostoevsky’s Baddest Boy. He kills people and doesn’t even feel bad after. You’re equally repulsed and turned on (as was everyone in the novel, it’s OK) and beyond all help.

Level 5: Satan.

Random Starters!

Send one! Change pronouns to suit muse. 

  • “Does your masochism extend to an enjoyment of being put in your place like the little bitch you are?”
  • “I’m going to furiously shit lava onto your phone if you text me another three hundred Japanese emoji.”
  • “What the fuck is swiping left and swiping right? I don’t fucking swipe anything, fuck that subtle shit. If I see it I take it and I don’t give a FUCK who’s looking, it’s mine.“
  • “I was using my Grandma’s computer and the last three searches on google were for the price of rat poison, some quotes on cheep funerals, and what the best dating sites are. Should I be worried about Grandpa?”
  • “Once I get paid that Hello Kitty Assault Rifle is MINE.”
  • “Godzilla must have a dick the size of a Winnebago, but we never get to see it? COME-ON TOHO COMPANY, GIVE US THE BUS SIZED LIZARD DICK”
  • “I am a gift from god himself, a treasure amongst you heathens, and I deserve to be fed as such.”
  • “Some people just, eat onions? Like they’re apples? Like they take a fucking bite out of an onion like it’s nothing? How do you fuck up as a person like that?”
  • “How do you super glue a four generation family tree back to its stump? Asking for a friend. His name is Redwood.”
  • “Nobody invited me out, which is too bad for them because my presence is a grace upon your otherwise lifeless existences.”
  • “You commit so much property damage when you’re drunk we should just call you Hurricane Fuckface.”
  • “You ever see a cake so beautiful you wanna fuck it? That’s how I felt when I ate my first phallic cake.”
  • “Having the flu isn’t an excuse to lay around all day sniffling. You know what would make you feel better? Infecting complete strangers, that’s what. Let’s go bowling!!”
  • “I!! Am not!! A person!! NO!!!”
  • “My friend tried to pull the ‘dick in the box’ joke on me, and then I kicked it. Now he’s in the hospital.”
  • “I tried to fuck an apple pie like in that one movie. It was pretty nice, until the next day when I found out I had a yeast infection.”
  • “Good morning. The cat took a shit in your shoes. Both of them. What do you want for breakfast?”
  • “Eat my food again and I’ll fling you into the sun by your ankles.”
  • “Girl, are you a plasma screen TV? Cause you be MAKING UP MOST OF THE ELECTRICITY BILL. FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS? WHAT’S EVEN PLUGGED IN IN YOUR ROOM?”
  • “You know someone who’s like, sort of ugly, sort of okay looking, but then their personality just pushes it over the edge and they’re just ugly? That’s you.”
  • “Here lies your reputation, in the trash next to the empty bear bottles and a dead raccoon.”
  • “Yeah asshole, reading my diary was EXACTLY the key to mending our relationship.”
  • “Ever since I let you borrow my laptop, Google won’t stop giving me ads for ammonia in bulk and empty storage lots nearby. What exactly were you doing last weekend?”
Books Everyone Should Read!

I’ve wanted to do this for ages, so here goes. These are some of the books/plays/poets that I think (this is just my opinion!) everyone should read before they die. If anyone wants to add to the list, then please do by commenting or reblogging!

Originally posted by blackewhitelover


Fantasy and/or Children’s Novels: 

  • The Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling. Anyone who knows me, knows that I will always love Potter, until the very end. 
  • The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis.
  • The Percy Jackson Series - Rick Riordan. All of his books are great, not just this series, but the others too.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Oz Books) - L. Frank Baum.
  • The Mortal Instruments Series - Cassandra Clare.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket.
  • The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • The Once & Future King - T. H. White. 

Dystopian and/or Utopian Novels: 

  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins.
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy - James Dashner. 
  • The Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth.

  • The Giver Quartet - Lois Lowry.
  • Lord of the Flies -  William Golding.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale -  Margaret Atwood.
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy.

Gothic and/or Horror Novels:

  • Dracula - Bram Stoker.
  • The Beetle: A Mystery - Richard Marsh.
  • The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter.
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley.
  • The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Writings - Edgar Allen Poe.
  • Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice.
  • The Darren Shan Series - Darren Shan. 
  • Salem’s Lot - Stephen King.
  • Dreamcatcher - Stephen King.
  • The Shining - Stephen King.
  • Carrie - Stephen King. 

Young Adult and/or Influential Novels:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (I have Go Set A Watchman but I still need to read it!). 
  •  Oranges Aren’t The Only Fruit -  Jeanette Winterson.
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger. 
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. 
  • The Virgin Suicides - Jeffery Eugenides. 
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky. 
  • All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven. 
  • Attachments - Rainbow Rowell. 
  • Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell.
  • Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell. 
  • Landline - Rainbow Rowell.
  • Carry On - Rainbow Rowell.
  • Looking For Alaska - John Green.
  • An Abundance of Katherines - John Green.
  • Paper Towns - John Green.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars - John Green.
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews. 

Crime and/or Thriller Novels: 

  • The Alex Rider Series - Anthony Horowitz.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling -  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). 
  • The Silkworm -  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).
  • Career of Evil -  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).

Classics:

  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde.
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.
  • Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen.
  • Mansfield Park - Jane Austen.
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte.
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte.
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck.
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens.
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck.
  • Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville.
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens.
  • The Beach -  Alex Garland.

Plays (read them and if you can see a performance or two, there’s nothing like the theatre):

  • The Oresteia -  Aeschylus.
  • The Three Theban Plays - Sophocles.
  • The Odyssey - Homer. 
  • The Iliad - Homer. 
  • William Shakespeare’s Plays (these are just a few of my favourites!): 

Titus Andronicus.

Measure for Measure. 

Macbeth.

Hamlet.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Merchant of Venice.

As You Like It.

Twelfth Night.

  • The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster. 

Poetry:

  • William Blake’s Poetry - Literally one of my favourite poets. 
  • William Wordsworth’s Poetry.
  • War Poetry -  two of my favourites are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
  • Sylvia Plath’s Poetry - C’mon, who hasn’t read her work?
  • Carol Ann Duffy - I love her. 

I think that’s all I have for now. I know I’m missing loads, but this is what I’ve been able to come up with so far. Also, just because she asked this is for the lovely @glide-thru, I read a lot :P

Top 25 Favorite Composers

No.17: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 - 6 November 1893)

Some consider Tchaikovsky to be the greatest Russian composer in history, and we can at least say he was among the first significant Russian composers, and his music continues to remain in the popular repertoire. He was criticized in his lifetime from a few different perspectives…as Russia was becoming a force in Western European art, Western critics felt that Tchaikovsky didn’t develop his musical themes enough, that there was too much heart-on-your-sleeve emotion. Meanwhile, Russian critics, notably the composers of “The Mighty Handful” felt that Tchaikovsky was modeling his music after German standards, and so was betraying the values of Russian aesthetics. Thankfully these petty criticisms aren’t as relevant in this day and age, and we can hear Tchaikovsky without nationalistic baggage. We hear the almost effortless poetry of the soul, a space where there is only concentrated emotion. When the music is sad, it is mourning. When it is happy, it is overflowing with joy. The fluidity in his music, his fantastic orchestral colors, help take the listener into a new mindset. His popularity probably comes from his ability to recreate emotions in ways that the audience can relate to on a subconscious level. My favorite works by him are his second piano concerto, his orchestral suites, his symphonies 3-6, the Serenade for strings in C, and the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

anonymous asked:

Hi there! Do you have any long, slow-burn fics to recommend? It's okay if you don't, thanks :)

Ooooh thank you for the request! Many of my favorite fics ever are long slow-burns!

Wild by Seefin (93K)- “No,” Harry said, by way of greeting. Malfoy’s blonde head rose slowly, carelessly. “Get out.”
“I feel as though we’ve already established this, Potter,” Malfoy responded. “And I feel that what we established was that you telling me to get out of places really doesn’t make me more likely to vacate them.”

This is a really really REALLY lovely fic in which Draco shows up one day to complete his potions studies at the house in the Irish countryside where Harry lives with several amazing badass OC girls. At first they (drarry) don’t get along at all and it’s so fun to watch them come together! This fic also contains some Linny, which I love <3 Also Seefin is an amazing author in general and you should honestly read every one of their other fics as well (hi @seefin, you don’t know me but i love you!)

What We Pretend We Can’t See by gyzym (131K)- Seven years out from the war, Harry learns the hard truth of old history: it’s never quite as far behind you as you thought.
I read this fic relatively recently and within the first 10,000 words I knew it was my new number one favorite fic, and I WAS RIGHT. I can’t even explain what makes this fic so good besides just flailing about how incredibly well-written and compelling and hilarious it is. Draco has bought Grimmauld Place (which is sentient!) and turned it into a museum, and Harry is an auror who needs to track down whoever is mysteriously after Draco. A few months later and I still can’t get over this fic and how WONDERFUL it is.

Mental by sara_holmes (186.5K)- Harry has had quite enough of sharing his mind with someone else, thankyouverymuch. A miscast Legilimecy spell says otherwise.
This is also one of my favorites of all time (again, read everything by this author if by some miracle you haven’t already). Draco and Harry get stuck with a mental bond (!!!yes!!!) which makes it really hard for them to hide things from each other. At first they can’t control it but eventually they can, and the moment they first use it willingly was just SO GREAT. Really, the whole fic is just so great.

Heartache by Bixgirl1 (25.5K)- “Harry doesn’t think about Malfoy anymore. Not really. Not intentionally. What if the one person you least expect is the only one who really understands what you’ve gone through?
Does this count as long? Regardless, you should read this one because when I made notes on what I thought of it, I wrote “slow and sweet,” and I stand my that assessment. There is lots of hurt/comfort and the getting together is lovely and gradual. For more wonderful hurt/comfort slow-burn, you should definitely also see her fic Balance, Imperfect (91,000 words) in which Draco is Harry’s physiotherapist. But it’s been recced a lot recently so I thought I’d give one of her older fics some love too! (also this is my second @bixgirl1 rec in one day; I’m clearly obsessed)

Domestic by frostywonder (55K)- Harry finds a stray and decides to take him home.
Draco is down on his luck, so what’s Harry to do but take him in? As you can guess from the title, there is tons of domesticity in this fic, and it’s just so cute and there are TONS of truly hilarious moments (including one of my favorite gems ever about Malfoy bowel-movements). They live together, it’s a secret, Draco learns to cook… what more could you ask for? This one just makes me feel so warm and fluffy, I’ve probably read it at least three times.

All Life is Yours to Miss by Saras_Girl (114.5K)- Professor Malfoy’s world is contained, controlled, and as solitary as he can make it, but when an act of petty revenge goes horribly awry, he and his trusty six-legged friend are thrown into Hogwarts life at the deep end and must learn to live, love and let go.
I you haven’t already read everything by Saras Girl, you are insanely lucky and you should go get started right now. She has many long fics and they are all incredible. This one is one of my favorites, because the boys are Professors and Draco has the most amazing pet (giant) beetle who is full of personality and named Stanley. But I probably should also link to the Foundations!verse because it is VERY good and VERY VERY slow-burn. Like, I was shocked that my interest was held for so long without so much as a kiss but IT WAS.

All Our Secrets Laid Bare by firethesound (149.5K)- Over the six years Draco Malfoy has been an Auror, four of his partners have turned up dead. Harry Potter is assigned as his newest partner to investigate just what is going on.
I feel like I’m only recommending the ones everyone has already read anyway, but that’s because they’re the best, so can you blame me?! Draco’s auror partners keep mysteriously dying and Harry can’t get along with any of his, so they are thrown together! The quintessential auror partners fic, with an amazing evolution from not-trusting-each-other to friends to lovers and TONS OF UST.

Bond by AnnaFugazzi (173.5K)- I started to write this before HBP came out, and crossed my fingers that HBP wouldn’t make it totally non-canon. No such luck, I’m afraid. This, therefore, is an AU story, where (SPOILER) still teaches (SPOILER), (SPOILER) didn’t try to (SPOILER), (SPOILER) didn’t succeed in (SPOILER), (SPOILER) never dated (SPOILER), and most importantly, (MAJOR ENDING SPOILERS) never happened.
You’ve all read Bond, right? It’s a (possibly THE?) classic— well— bonding fic. I’ll include it just in case you haven’t heard of it by some miracle (or maybe you want to read it again because last time you were like 15 years old?). The kissing happens kind of early but the romance isn’t until later so I think it still qualifies as slow-burn?

ANYWAY, I hope you find at least one fic on this list that you haven’t read already? They’re all seriously amazing in my opinion (no lukewarm recs from me!) so you can’t go wrong!

whiteraven16  asked:

I missed out on reading some really good books though out high school. So I was wondering what are some book that everyone should read at least once? You know the MUST HAVE read books

I missed out on some of those in high school, too… and I haven’t caught up with all of them in the (many) years since high school. Yesterday I mentioned my Top 10 recommended books, but I wouldn’t say all of those are MUST READ books. (I mean, I think they are, but it would be a little short-sighted to categorize all my favorite books as “must reads.”) I think books everyone should read are those that are widely discussed and can help you connect with other readers; books that are consistently referred to in other books. So I’ll give you a list of 10 I think are must reads, but I really hope my followers will chime in and add to this list. 

In no particular order (off the top of my head): 

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
1984 - George Orwell

Ugh, so hard to keep this list at 10. Help me out here, followers! 

Based on the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Classics list, which can be found here: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
16. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
18. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
19. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
20. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
21. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
22. Native Son, by Richard Wright
23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
24. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
25. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
26. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
27. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
28. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
29. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
30. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
31. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
32. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
33. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
34. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
35. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
36. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
37. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
38. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
39. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
40. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
41. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
42. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence

Top 25 Favorite Composers

No.2: Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 - 28 July 1750)

The funny thing about Bach is that, even though he is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time, if not THE greatest composer of all time, he really wasn’t well known during his life outside of east Germany, and he wasn’t performed or played by anyone for a good century after his death, save a few small music groups dedicated to older music. And he wasn’t super “influential” in his life either, towards the end he was constantly heckled by his contemporaries for being too old fashioned, writing dense Baroque/Rococo polyphony during the shift into early homophonic and clearer/lighter Classical aesthetics. But even so, Bach has written some of the greatest music ever. His mind was able to put together several lines of varying melodies into one great polyphonic web, like the planets orbiting around the sun. A semi-religious and philosophical idea from the Renaissance and prior was “Musica universalis”, referring to the harmony of the universe, the laws of science, the religious idea of intentional design, the beauty of order and math. Even though that is an archaic idea, way before Bach’s time, I feel that his music follows this idea. And because all of the adoration we give Bach, at his deeply spiritual, at his most complicated and mathematic, it’s easy for his fans [and critics] to think of him as super highbrow, as some kind of polished pedestal demi-god who we can’t touch. As if he didn’t write a cantata about coffee addiction and a girl who has to play a battle of whits against her father so she can keep drinking coffee. As if he didn’t write several keyboard dance suites and concertos that are full of life and joy, influence from French decorations and Italian vivacity. All of these traits make Bach one of the most universal composers in history. My favorite works by him are his Goldberg Variations, his Keyboard and Violin Concertos, his Partitas and French Suites, various great organ works, the Well-Tempered-Klavier, and his Art of Fugue.

Strahov Monastery - Prague, Czech Republic

Located in Strahov, a district of Prague, The Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensians Abbey, founded in 1143. The last section of the Abbey to be built is the Philosophical Hall, established Vaclav Mayer, who was the monastery's Abbot towards the end of the 18th century. This part of the Abbey is built in the classical style. 

The rooms main purpose is a library, and holds 42,000 books. The ceiling features a monumental fresco, painted by Viennese painter Franz Anton Maulbertsch, which took six months to complete. Religious figures depicted in fresco include Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Soloman, and David.