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    The Muses Companion – April 15, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 15th, the 105th day of the year 2024, with 261 days remaining. “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein Today in Literary History: On this day in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, one of the foremost artists and intellectuals of the Italian Renaissance, was born. While best known for his artworks, Leonardo’s extensive notebooks, filled with scientific diagrams, anatomical sketches, and engineering designs, also make him a significant figure in the literature of the sciences. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: “It has made me better loving you……

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    The Muses Companion – March 14, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 14th, the 73rd day of the year 2024, with 293 days remaining. “As winter’s grip loosens, March reveals the early murmurs of spring, a reminder of the cyclical dance of the seasons.” Rachel Carson Today in Literary History: On this day in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. While renowned as a physicist, Einstein’s thoughts and writings on science, philosophy, and humanity have enriched the literary world, providing profound insights into the nature of the universe and our place within it. Notable Birthdays: On this day in 1933, Michael Caine, an acclaimed British actor known for his distinctive voice and versatile roles, was born. While…

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    The Cult of Ignorance: How I Became a Victim of the Isaac Asimov Phenomenon

    Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass A few weeks ago, I was having a discussion via Twitter where the person I was talking to asked me what my opinion was on some current event in the news (I wish I could remember which one, but it’s escaped my memory as if it were never there to begin with). What I do remember from the conversation is that when I responded with my opinion, the person…