A Lesson in Persistence: Flaubert’s Struggle with Madame Bovary

It’s easy to think that books now considered classics must have been, in some sense, inevitable. That the authors intuited they were onto something vital. Their toil was propelled by the mental flow that, at the best of times, animates human endeavor. This idea is discouraging to one struggling with his art and divining in … Continue reading A Lesson in Persistence: Flaubert’s Struggle with Madame Bovary

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The incredible case of Kató Lomb, the woman who taught herself 16 languages

For the past year, I've been trying to learn Spanish. I started out knowing zilch - and had to begin with the alphabet. It's hard to learn a language as an adult. When people ask me why I'm trying anyway, I say travel, culture, the ability to speak and read another language. For fun, quite … Continue reading The incredible case of Kató Lomb, the woman who taught herself 16 languages