The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman
By Rutger Bregman

Spoiler: they made a pact never to argue and took self-imposed time-outs when they lapsed. One broke his leg and they cared for him so well it healed perfectly. They planted a vegetable garden and kept their spirits up singing along to a guitar they fashioned from driftwood and a coconut shell.

(Article is weirdly focused on the white guy who rescued them, though.)

Cultural Dark Academia

here’s pt. 2

After my last post about the lack of representation in academia, I felt it neccessary to provide some examples of what I’m talking about. Obviously there are more countries in the world than I can list and provide books for, so for a quick list this is what I got. !! Keep researching !! If you have any more books by POC please reply them !! If a country isn’t listed, that doesn’t mean it’s not important, this is just what I could get together real quick. If I made any mistakes, please let me know, we’re all learning. We need to help each other end eurocentrism in academia, so value representation and educate yourselves 💓💓💓


  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Dream of the Red Chamber
  • The Water Margin
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  • The Journey to the West
  • The Scholars
  • The Peony Pavilion
  • Border Town by Congwen Shen
  • Half of Man is Woman by Zhang Xianliang
  • To Live by Yu Hua
  • Ten Years of Madness by agent Jicai
  • The Field of Life and Death & Tales of Hulan River by Xiao Hong


  • A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë
  • Haruki Murakami


  • Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
  • Ghulam Bagh by Mirza Athar Baig
  • Masterpieces of Urdu Nazm by K. C. Kanda


  • Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
  • Savushun by Simin Daneshvar
  • Anything by Rumi
  • The Book of Kings by Ferdowsi
  • The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
  • Shahnameh (translation by Dick Davis)


  • Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Aithihyamala, Garland of Legends by Kottarathil Sankunni
  • The Gameworld Trilogy by Samir Basu


  • Twice Blessed by Ninotchka Rosca
  • The Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene J. Chai


  • The Patriot and The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma by Lima Barreto
  • Broquéis by Cruz e Sousa
  • Don Casmurro by Machado de Assis


  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Delirio by Laura Restrepo
  • ¡Que viva la música! by Andrés Caicedo
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Jim Gabriel Vásquez


  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolf Anaya
  • Adonis Garcia/El Vampiro de la Colonia Roma by Luis Zapata
  • El Complot Mongol by Rafael Bernal


  • The Cairo Trilogy by Nahuib Mahfouz
  • The Book of the Dead


  • Rosewater by Tade Thompson
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


  • The Epic of Sundiata


  • Poetry of Senghor

Native American:

  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  • Starlight by Richard Wagamese
  • Almanac of the Dead by L. Silko
  • Fools Crow by James Welch

Indigenous Australian:

  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  • First Footprints by Scott Cane
  • My Place by Sally Morgan


  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor
  • Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Internment by Samir’s Ahmed
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtson
  • Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch
What you can say instead of the word beautiful:
  • lovely, 
  • charming, 
  • delightful, 
  • appealing, 
  • engaging, 
  • winsome
  • ravishing, 
  • gorgeous, 
  • heavenly, 
  • stunning, 
  • arresting, 
  • glamorous,
  •  irresistible, 
  • bewitching, 
  • beguiling
  • graceful, 
  • elegant,
  •  exquisite, 
  • aesthetic, 
  • artistic, 
  • decorative, 
  • magnificent

                                  A Celebration of Beauty (Series 3)

1.  A Balneator by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

2. “ Joseph, le nègre “ by  Adolphe Brune (French 1802-1875)

3. “ Portrait of a Moorish man seated “ by  Karoly Csùzy

4.  “The Barber of Suez” by Leon Bonnat (1876)

5.  José Silbert (French, 1862-1936) “Le montreur de cacatoè”

6.  Ludwig Deutsch “The Inspection” (1883)

7.  Moorish Prince (Head of an Algerian), 1897. Elizabeth Nourse (1860-1938)

8.  Ludwig Deutsch The Palace Guard (detail)

9.  Mariano Fortuny Marsal - Moroccan

10. “Head of a Moor” by José Tapiro y Baro (Spanish, 1830–1913)


Photo Album: Zalipie, Poland

■ Zalipie is a small ancient village in South-Eastern Poland. It is definitely one of the country’s top tourist attractions. Not because it has five-stars hotels or massive glass buildings, but on the contrary, due to its small wooden cottages, which are painted in the most vibrant colors.


using art to give simple information/ advice on coronavirus/ covid19….delivering something about the painting & the artist who drew it ….Ukraine’s ministry of culture & information policy ….awesome

Meaningful words in different languages you should know about !
  • Vernorexia : a romantic mood inspired by spring.
  • Micawber : an eternal optimist.
  • Lucid : Full of fun and high spirits.
  • Hoppipolla : Jumping into puddles( in incelandic).
  • Basorexia : the overwhelming desire to kiss.
  • Logophile : a lover of words.
  • Eunoia : beautiful thinking , a well mind.
  • Catharsis : the purging or release of emotional tensions through art and music.
  • Nakama : a very good friend or comrade that one considers as family, even if they’re not necessarily related.
  • Natsukashii : suddenly euphorically nostalgic, triggered by experiencing something for the first time in years.
  • Sweven : a vision seen in sleep , a dream.
  • Orphic : mysterious and entracing beyond ordinary understanding.
  • Lucent : Softly bright or radiant.
  • Dysania : the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.