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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Bobbie Louise Hawkins

Posted in H with tags , , , on July 24, 2020 by katherinehilden




American poet, short story writer, monologist


        in time I’ll do what

        I would do now if

        there weren’t perfection

        to consider


“In the Colony”, Ploughshares, Spring 1974

“I Owe You One”, Ploughshares, Spring 1974 (also recorded on “Live at the Great American Music Hall, 1981 w/Terry Garthwaite and Rosalie Sorrels)

“Bathroom/Animal/Castration Story”, Ploughshares, Spring 1974

Absolutely Eden. United Artists Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-935992-35-9.

Bijou. Farfalla/McMillan & Parrish. 2005. ISBN 978-0-9766341-8-8.

Anne Waldman; Lisa Birman, eds. (2004). “Panel on Personal Geography”. Civil disobediences: poetics and politics in action. Coffee House Press. ISBN 978-1-56689-158-5.

My Own Alphabet. Coffee House Press. 1989. ISBN 978-0-918273-52-9.

One Small Saga. Coffee House Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-918273-05-5.

Almost Everything. Coach House Press. 1982. ISBN 978-0-88910-238-5.

Frenchy and Cuban Pete. Tombouctou. 1977. ISBN 978-0-939180-05-9.

Back to Texas (Bearhug) 1977

“15 Minutes”. Arif Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-913537-04-6.; republished by Belladonna (New York, 2010); ISBN 978-0-9823387-6-6.

Own Your Body, Black Sparrow Press, 1973


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Robert Creeley

Posted in C with tags , , on July 23, 2020 by katherinehilden



American poet and teacher

The Gold Diggers (Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Divers Press, 1954). ISBN 0-7145-0256-1

For Love: Poems 1950–1960 (New York: Scribners, 1962) ISBN 0-684-71738-7

The Island (New York: Scribners, 1963; London: John Calder, 1964)

Words (Rochester, Mich.: Perishable Press, 1965; enlarged as Words New York: Scribners, 1967)

The Gold Diggers and Other Stories (London: John Calder, 1965; New York: Scribners, 1965)

Poems 1950–1965 (London: Calder and Boyars, 1966)

Numbers (Stuttgart, Germany: Edition Domberger / Düsseldorf, Germany: Galerie Schmela, 1968)

Listen (Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1972)

Presences: A Text for Marisol (New York: Scribners, 1976).

Selected Poems (New York: Scribners, 1976)

Sparrow 40: Was That a Real Poem or Did You Just Make It Up Yourself (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Black Sparrow Press, 1976).

The Collected Prose of Robert Creeley (New York and London: Marion Boyars, 1984; corrected edition, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985); current edition, Normal: Dalkey Archive Press, 2001, ISBN 978-1-56478-303-5

Dreams (New York: Periphery / Salient Seedling Press, 1989)

Autobiography (Madras, India and New York: Hanuman, 1990)

Windows (New York: New Directions, 1990) ISBN 0-8112-1123-1

Gnomic Verses (La Laguna, Canary Islands: Zasterle Press, 1991)

Selected Poems (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991)

Life & Death (New York: Gagosian Gallery, 1993)

Just in Time: Poems 1984–1994 (New York: New Directions, 2001)

If I Were Writing This (New York: New Directions, 2003)

On Earth: Last Poems and an Essay (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006)

Allen, Donald M. and Robert Creeley. New American Story (Grove Press, 2001) ISBN 0-394-17298-1

Reznikoff, Charles and Robert Creeley. The Manner Music ISBN 0-87685-325-4

Selected Poems, 1945–2005, edited by Benjamin Friedlander; (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008)ISBN 0-520-25196-2


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Fanny Fern

Posted in F with tags , , , on July 22, 2020 by katherinehilden



novelist, humorist, columnist, children’s writer


Ruth Hall, 1854

Fanny Ford, 1855

Rose Clark, 1856

Little Ferns for Fanny’s Little Friends, 1853

The Play-Day Book, 1857

The New Story Book for Children, 1864


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Walter Benjamin

Posted in B with tags , , on July 21, 2020 by katherinehilden



German philosopher


“There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.”

 “Zur Kritik der Gewalt” (“Critique of Violence”, 1921)

“Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften” (Goethe’s Elective Affinities, 1922)

“Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit” (“The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, 1935)

Berliner Kindheit um neunzehnhundert (Berlin Childhood around 1900, 1938)

“Das Paris des Second Empire bei Baudelaire” (“The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire”, 1938)

“Über den Begriff der Geschichte” (“Theses on the Philosophy of History”, 1940)


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