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18 January

Book of the day

nietzschereaderThe Nietzsche Reader
edited by Keith Ansell-Pearson and Duncan Large
(UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005; USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005)

This book brings together in one volume substantial selections from the entire body of Nietzsche’s writings, together with illuminating commentary on Nietzsche’s life and importance, and introductions to his major works and philosophical ideas.

The book includes selections from all the major texts, including The Birth of Tragedy, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, The Anti–Christ and Ecce Homo. It also offers new translations of key pieces from Nietzsche’s unpublished ‘Lenzer Heide’ notebook

The Nietzsche Reader provides a wealth of pedagogical features, such as editorial sections on Nietzsche’s life and importance, an opening introduction to his philosophical ideas, introductions to each major section and a comprehensive guide to further reading.

Recommended by:
Alice van de Kerk-Boodt, The Netherlands

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine, or via Amazon (The Nietzsche Reader)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Nietzsche Reader)


Alice (photo credit: Liza van der Smissen)

Facts of the day

18 January

1788 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony.

New Year

In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long. The tradition dates back to medieval times.


Ernest Hemingway once tried – and failed – to become a spy for the KGB, though some people think this was an attempt to gain first-hand insight for creative inspiration.

Writers birthdays

1672 Antoine Houdar de la Motte (France)
1689 Montesquieu (France)
1818 Johannes van Vloten (The Netherlands)
1829 Lodewijk Van Haecke (Belgium)
1835 Jan Ferguut (Belgium)
1840 Austin Dobson (UK)
1848 Ioan Slavici (Romania)
1867 Rubén Darío (Nicaragua)
1869 Willem de Vreese (Belgium)
1872 Paul Léautaud (France)
1882 A A Milne (UK)
1884 Arthur Ransome (UK)
1896 Hans Henrik Holm (Norway)
1896 C M Eddy Jr (USA)
1908 Jacob Bronowski (Poland, UK)
1912 William Sansom (UK)
1914 Arno Schmidt (Germany)
1916 James F Crow (USA)
1925 Gilles Deleuze (France)
1932 Robert Anton Wilson (USA)
1934 Raymond Briggs (UK)
1935 Jon Stallworthy (UK)
1965 Dave Attell (USA)
1968 Frank Quitely (USA)
1971 Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya)

Jokes of the day

At breakfast this morning, my wife said she’s leaving me because of my obsession with Twitter. I nearly choked on my #Brown.

Cartoon: Various, Cartoons on authors, books and literaturePunch

Quote of the day

Ernest Hemingway: ‘All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and, after you are finished reading one, you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards, it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.’