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Read Kobo Abe's short story "The Magic Chalk"

“The Magic Chalk”


Kobo Abe

Next door to the toilet of an apartment building on the edge of the city, in a room soggy with roof leaks and cooking vapors, lived a poor artist named Argon. 629 more words


Read Ursula K. Le Guin's short story "The Stars Below"

“The Stars Below”


Ursula K. Le Guin

The wooden house and outbuildings caught fire fast, blazed up, burned down, but the dome, built of lathe and plaster above a drum of brick, would not burn. 738 more words


Read "Springtime à la Carte," a short story by O. Henry

“Springtime à la Carte”


O. Henry

It was a day in March.

Never, never begin a story this way when you write one. No opening could possibly be worse. 2,206 more words


"The Gardener and the Guinea" -- G.K. Chesterton

“The Gardener and the Guinea”


G.K. Chesterton

Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as an English Peasant. Indeed, the type can only exist in community, so much does it depend on cooperation and common laws. 1,298 more words


Cost-Based (Design) Optimisation

No, not the Oracle Cost-Based Optimizer – this is about optimising your design for cost; and no, it doesn’t mean that we as developers need to be worrying about pennies while we’re coding, or even that we have much influence on costs. 235 more words

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Google Scholar & The Library

Everyone can certainly agree that Google Scholar is a wonderful tool for easily discovering scholarly articles.  However, many students are surprised to learn that you can enhance Google Scholar’s capabilities if you connect to it  373 more words

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"Aunt Zézé's Tears," a short story by Carmen Dolores

“Aunt Zézé’s Tears”


Carmen Dolores

Translated from the Portuguese by Isaac Goldberg

From Brazilian Tales

Pale and thin, for eighteen years she had lived with her youngest sister, who had married very early and now possessed five children: two young ladies of marriageable age, a third still in short dresses, and two little boys. 2,024 more words