Alice Oswald

Posted in O with tags , , , , on August 24, 2020 by katherinehilden




1996: The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-282513-5

2002: Dart, Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-21410-X

2005: The Thunder Mutters: 101 Poems for the Planet (editor), Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-21854-7

2005: Woods etc., Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-21852-0

2009: Weeds and Wild Flowers, Faber and Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-23749-4

2009: A sleepwalk on the Severn, Faber and Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-24756-1

2011: Memoria,l Faber and Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-27416-1

2016: Falling Awake, Jonathan Cape

2019: Nobody, Jonathan Cape

2020: A Short Story of Falling – Metal Engravings by Maribel Mas. Published by Andrew J Moorhouse, Fine Press Poetry


1994: Eric Gregory Award

2005: shortlisted for Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), for Woods etc.

2009: Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Weeds and Wild Flowers

2013: Warwick Prize for Writing, winner for Memorial

2013: Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry, winner for Memorial

2016: Costa Award for Poetry for Falling Awake

2017: Griffin Poetry Prize for Falling Awake


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Sarah Stewart Johnson

Posted in J with tags , , , , on August 19, 2020 by katherinehilden



The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World, 2020


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Walter Mosley

Posted in M with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2020 by katherinehilden




1996 – O. Henry Award for a Socrates Fortlow story.

2007– NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction, “Blonde Faith”.

2009– NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction, “The Long Fall”.

2019 – Edgar Award for Best Novel for Down the River Unto the Sea.


Easy Rawlins mysteries:

Devil in a Blue Dress (1990)

A Red Death (1991)

White Butterfly (1992

Six Easy Pieces (2003)

Blood Grove (2021)


Fearless Jones mysteries:

Fearless Jones (2001)

Fear Itself (2003)

Fear of the Dark (2006)


Leonid McGill mysteries:

The Long Fall (2009)

Known to Evil (2010)

When the Thrill Is Gone (2011)

All I Did Was Shoot My Man (2012)

And Sometimes I Wonder About You (2015)

Trouble Is What I Do (2020)


Socrates Fortlow books:

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (1997)

Walkin’ the Dog (1999)

The Right Mistake (2008)


Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore (2014)

Inside a Silver Box (2015)

John Woman (2018)

Down the River unto the Sea (2018), a standalone mystery

The Awkward Black Man (2020)



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Shakuntala Devi

Posted in D with tags , , , , on August 15, 2020 by katherinehilden



mental calculation, mathematics


Devi traveled to several countries around the world demonstrating her arithmetic talents. She was on a tour of Europe throughout 1950 and was in New York City in 1976. In 1988, she traveled to the US to have her abilities studied by Arthur Jensen, a professor of educational psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Jensen tested her performance at several tasks, including the calculation of large numbers. Examples of the problems presented to Devi included calculating the cube root of 61,629,875 and the seventh root of 170,859,375. Jensen reported that Devi provided the solution to the above mentioned problems (395 and 15, respectively) before Jensen could copy them down in his notebook. Jensen published his findings in the academic journal Intelligence in 1990. 

In 1977, at Southern Methodist University, she gave the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds. Her answer 546,372,891 was confirmed by calculations done at the US Bureau of Standards by the UNIVAC 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation, which took a longer time than for her to do the same.

Shakuntala Devi is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by Anu Menon.  The film stars Vidya Balan as Shakuntala Devi.

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Srinivasan Ramanujan

Posted in R with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2020 by katherinehilden




The number 1729 is known as the Hardy–Ramanujan number after a famous visit by Hardy to see Ramanujan at a hospital. In Hardy’s words:

    I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. “No”, he replied, “it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.”

Immediately before this anecdote, Hardy quoted Littlewood as saying, “Every positive integer was one of Ramanujan’s personal friends.”

Thesis: High Composite Numbers

Ramanujan, Srinivasa; Hardy, G. H.; Seshu Aiyar, P. V.; Wilson, B. M.; Berndt, Bruce C. (2000). Collected Papers of Srinivasa Ramanujan. AMS. ISBN 978-0-8218-2076-6.

Hardy, G. H. (1978). Ramanujan. ISBN 978-0-8284-0136-4.

Hardy, G. H. (1999). Ramanujan: Twelve Lectures on Subjects Suggested by His Life and Work. Providence, Rhode Island: American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-2023-0.

Narlikar, Jayant V. (2003). Scientific Edge: the Indian Scientist From Vedic to Modern Times.. ISBN 978-0-14-303028-7.

Kanigel, Robert (1991). The Man Who Knew Infinity: a Life of the Genius Ramanujan. ISBN 978-0-684-19259-8.

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 film based on Kanigel’s book. British actor Dev Patel portrays Ramanujan.


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Tracy K. Smith

Posted in S with tags , , , on August 3, 2020 by katherinehilden


poet, educator

Poet Laureate of the United States, 2017-2019


The Body’s Question. Graywolf Press. 2003.

Duende. Graywolf Press. 2007. ISBN 978-1-55597-475-6.

Life on Mars. Graywolf Press. 2011. ISBN 978-1-55597-584-5. Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2011

Wade in the Water. Graywolf Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1555978136.[10]

Ordinary Light, 2015. Memoir


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Richard David Precht

Posted in P with tags , , , , on August 2, 2020 by katherinehilden


Western philosophy, journalism, popular science

Who Am I? And if so, How Many? (Wer bin ich und wenn ja, wie viele?)  2019

ISBN-13: 978-0385531184   ISBN-10: 0385531184

Die Kunst, kein Egoist zu sein.  ISBN: 3442312183   ISBN13: 9783442312184

Anna, die Schule under der liebe Gott.  ISBN: 3442312612

Lenin kan nur bis Luedenscheid.  Meine kleine deutsche Revolution.  ISBN:  3548606962                ISBN13:    9783548606965

Liebe. Ein unordentliches Gefuehl.  ISBN: 3442311845  ISBN13: 9783442311842


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Peter Handke

Posted in H with tags , , , on July 31, 2020 by katherinehilden


Novelist, Playwright

1973 Georg Büchner Prize

1987 Vilenica International Literary Prize

2018 Austrian Nestroy Theatre Prize for Lifetime Achievement

2019 Nobel Prize in Literature


1966 Die Hornissen (The Hornets), novel

1966 Publikumsbeschimpfung und andere Sprechstücke (Offending the Audience and Other Spoken Plays), play, English version as Offending the Audience and Self-accusation

1967 Kaspar, play, English version also as Kaspar and Other Plays

1970 Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick), novel and screenplay of the 1972 film The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty

1972 Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied (Short Letter, Long Farewell), novel

1972 Wunschloses Unglück (A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story), semi-autobiographical story

1973 Die Unvernünftigen sterben aus, play

1975 Die Stunde der wahren Empfindung (A Moment of True Feeling), novel

1977 Die linkshändige Frau (The Left-Handed Woman), screenplay

1979 Langsame Heimkehr (Slow Homecoming)

1983 Der Chinese des Schmerzes, story

1986 Die Wiederholung (Repetition), novel

1987 Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire), screenplay with Wim Wenders

1992 Die Stunde, da wir nichts voneinander wußten (The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other)

2002 Der Bildverlust oder Durch die Sierra de Gredos (Crossing the Sierra de Gredos), novel

2008 Die morawische Nacht (The Moravian Night)

2010 Immer noch Sturm (Storm Still), a play about the Slovenian uprising against Hitler in 1945


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Margaret Fuller

Posted in F with tags , , on July 30, 2020 by katherinehilden



American journalist


Summer on the Lakes, 1844

Woman in the Nineteenth Century, 1845

Papers on Literature and Art, 1846

Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli, 1852

At Home and Abroad, 1856

Life Without and Life Within, 1858


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Giorgio Agamben

Posted in A with tags , on July 28, 2020 by katherinehilden




“Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.”


Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, 1995

State of Exception. Homo Sacer II, 2003

Stasis: Civil War as a Political Paradigm. Homo Sacer II, 2015

The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath. Homo Sacer II, 2008

The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Government. 2007

Opus Dei: An Archeology of Duty. Homo Sacer II, 2013

Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive. Homo Sacer III, 1998

The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Forms-of-Life. Homo Sacer IV, 2013

The Use of Bodies. Homo Sacer IV, 2016


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