Finding Nonacademic Work Overseas

She asked how I was adjusting to the “difficult” corporate world after coming from the “less stressful” academic world. It was all I could do to keep from bursting out laughing. Let’s see: I’m only working five days a week. At night, I am not furiously preparing a lecture for the next day. And I actually enjoy weekends without the nagging feeling that I should be working on more revisions…

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R.U.R. Opera

With the media opera R.U.R., we want to appreciate the Czech author Karel Capek (Czechia’s Goethe) and his importance for the European cultural expression. It is he who in R.U.R. used for the first time the expression robot, derivated of the Russian word “robota” = work. R.U.R. is a classic of science fiction literature and has nothing lost of its formative influence. The latest example is Stephen Spielberg’s movie A.I.…

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An Essay on Criticism

Some have at first for wits, then poets pass’d, Turn’d critics next, and prov’d plain fools at last; Some neither can for wits nor critics pass, As heavy mules are neither horse nor ass. Those half-learn’d witlings, num’rous in our isle As half-form’d insects on the banks of Nile; Unfinish’d things, one knows not what to call, Their generation’s so equivocal: To tell ‘em, would a hundred tongues require, Or…

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Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find…