LibriVox recording of Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 074 by Various. Read in English by LibriVox Volunteers
Twenty-one short nonfiction works chosen by the readers. "We must learn to dignify common labor." Booker T. Washington spoke plain truth at an 1898 Lincoln Day commemoration. Recorded during months of pandemic virus lockdown, unemployment, and mass dependence on the "common labor" of grocery clerks and delivery persons, Volume 074 of the Short Nonfiction Collection reflects its readers' reactions to uncertain times. Religion and Philosophy figure in several selections (The Second Epistle of Clement; Nietzsche on Nihilism and the Idea of Recurrence; The Counter-reformation in Scandinavia and Poland; Spinoza and the Bible; and Women and Holy Orders).
Finally, virtual travel (Rhode Island), virtual bakery treats (Biscuits, Breakfast Cakes and Shortcakes; The Story of Crisco) and words of wisdom for times when life is turned upside down. (Reflections of a Stained-Glass Master). Creator of cathedral windows, artisan Christopher Whall writes "Pull yourself together in such an aroused and angry spirit as shall flame out against the difficulty with force and heat. Let the whole thing be as fuel of fire... and the chief difficulty may become...the chief glory ... like the new-born Phoenix, sprung from the ashes of the old and thrice as fair."
The Crisis: Nihilism and the Idea of Recurrence was translated by Anthony M. Ludovici Surface Tension was translated by Lord Rayleigh The Second Epistle of Clement was translated by John Keith
Summary by Sue Anderson
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