As much as incentivizing young writers is one of our primary goals, we also want to post fundamental classical pieces every now and then. From Herodotus to Habermas, from Machiavelli to Marx, from Russell to Rousseau, from Wilde to Wittgenstein, we aspire to display excerpts from classic texts by such renowned authors, as, in the words of Amy Powell, “the classics are always modern.”
Look here to see what we call Golden Oldies; gems of writing and thought across almost 3000 years of history that we hope can help us understand the world today.
(In chronological order)
1941 / Jorge luis borges / The lottery in babylon
Like all men in Babylon I have been a proconsul; like all, a slave; I have also known omnipotence, opprobrium, jail. Look: the index finger of my right hand is missing.
1922 / F. Scott fitzgerald / from the diamond as big as the ritz
“What a dream it was,” Kismine sighed, gazing up at the stars. “How strange it seems to be here with one dress and a penniless fiancee!
1906 / Jack London / How I became a socialist
It is quite fair to say that I became a Socialist in a fashion somewhat similar to the way in which the Teutonic pagans became Christians–it was hammered into me.
1897 / Oscar Wilde / De Profundis
. . . Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves.
1820 / JOHN KEATS / ODE ON A GRECIAN URN
Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness, Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time,