These feelings are what drove me to read The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert. As I read this book, I learned quite a lot about the Earth's past, present and future. Most importantly, I realized that the Earth needs our help to conserve and protect its lifeforms. This novel was essentially factual, there wasn’t any relatability in terms of events or experiences the characters had gone through. I did, however, extremely relate to Kolbert's views as to how the world is changing and how humans are playing a role in that change.
The name of the article itself is “The Sixth Extinction”, making the content of it straight forward and attention grabbing. People know about the fifth extinction 65 million years ago, but they probably have no idea that there is a sixth one in the making. He goes on to mention it three more times in the span of three pages, even adding it into his conclusion. Starting off the article, including it in the body, and having the word “extinction” in the conclusion show that this is an obviously important subject that Novacek wants his audience to pay attention to. He even uses it in a paragraph containing pathos, going on to say that a sixth extinction could not only create a dull world for children, but it could also be the downfall of
The Eighth Symphony was Jean Sibelius's final major compositional project, occupying him intermittently from the mid-1920s until around 1938. How much of the symphony was completed is unknown; Sibelius repeatedly refused to release it for performance, though he promised the premiere to several leading conductors. Following the success of his Seventh Symphony of 1924, it was expected that his symphonic flow would continue, but after the tone poem Tapiola of 1926, his published output was confined to minor pieces and revisions to earlier works. The Eighth Symphony's destruction was made known after Sibelius's death in 1957, but in the 1990s, while cataloguing the composer's many notebooks and sketches, scholars speculated that fragments of music
As the inhabitants of earth, it is our livelihoods that are at stake as we continue to ruin our planet. We continue to look around for something to inspire us but if somehow we were able to get the world of sports business to focus their attention on the Anthropocene, I believe that it could be changed for the better. Imagine Lebron James, Tom Brady, and Serena Williams devoting time
In chapter three, Oswalt discusses “continuity” in the worldviews. By continuity, he means that everything is continuous with each other. In the chapter, Oswalt mentioned seven implications of the continuity worldview: 1) reality only relates to the ‘right now’ or present; 2) reenactment is the actualization of timeless reality; 3) there is no distinction between the subject and the object, the source and the manifestation; 4) the key expression is found in nature symbolism; 5) there is great significance in sympathetic, imitative, magic; 6) sex and sexuality, fertility and potency, are integral to ultimate reality; and 7) there is a denial of boundaries between divine and humanity, humanity and nature, and nature and divine – e.g. bestiality,
When the narrator awakens in the hospital he experienced a near death experience, “They were holding me firmly… and above it all I kept hearing the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth,” (232). When he hears Beethoven’s fifth, this represents his confrontation with death, since Beethoven’s Fifth usually signifies death coming. While facing his near death situation, he also faces his other underlying fears as well. When the doctors discuss “treatment” options such as frontal lobe lobotomy and castration, to the narrator, “Their simplest words seemed to refer to something else as did many of the notions that unfurled in my head,” (236), and as he recognizes his fears seem to be coming true, his body reacts negatively, “a pain tearing through me,” (236).The confrontation with death and fears mixed with the narrator’s disillusioned state represents a symbolic death that the narrator experiences. When he wakes up from shock treatment, he is baptized and rebirth, “I felt a tug at my belly, and looked down to see one of the physicians pull the cord which was attached to the stomach node,” (243), this scene represents the cutting of the umbilical cord, much like a child just coming out of the womb.
I thoroughly agree with Raymond Carver’s statement. It is my opinion that Colm Tóibín has the ability to make an inanimate object viable through the use of his vivid, powerful style of writing. Frequently, the main protagonists in the short stories tend to become attached to the past, and to certain objects. Colm Tóibín has the ability to create an atmosphere so chilling and unnerving as he focuses on one aspect of a character’s life as opposed to the character’s life story. Tóibín makes reading the collection indulging and interesting for the readers as the readers don’t experience a feeling of being overpowered from an excess amount of information.
The skill of the novel exists in its probing of the gap between what belief enjoins and the emotional disorder with which it cannot hold discourse. The ‘heart of the matter’ turns out to be the disintegration of Scobie’s personality under stresses he cannot resolve. He suffers from existential anguish. His suffering is fundamentally the result of a profound despair, a terrible sense of estrangement and loneliness, the pain that follows from his futile efforts to find a meaningful existence. Loneliness can be removed only when men understand...each other through a world common to them, with in which mutual understanding can take place.