Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey by Daniel Keyes

By Daniel Keyes

In plants for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an not likely duo-a laboratory mouse and a man-who captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and that i, Keyes finds his equipment of constructing fiction in addition to the heartbreaks and joys of being released. With admirable perception he stocks with readers, writers, lecturers, and scholars the inventive lifestyles in the back of his vintage novel, integrated the following in its unique short-story form.

All those that love tales, storytelling, and the striking characters of Charlie and Algernon will get pleasure from accompanying their writer in this inspirational voyage of discovery.

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The original Olympic games may have been intended to serve this end, and their modern counterpart was envisaged, at least in part, as a substitute for war. It was no accident that competition in the modern Olympics was initially limited to so-called gentlemen athletes. For Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, elite imbalance results in the same behavior pathology: high-status actors to violate the principles on which their elite status is based. They fail to exercise the prudence and self-restraint of their predecessors.

Homer’s Iliad offers us the literary examples of bronze age Greece and Troy, and the historical world those of the Vikings, Maori, Aztecs, and eighteenth-century Europe. There is nevertheless a deep-rooted assumption that the more structured a system is, the more likely it is to be peaceful and predictable, at least in its internal relations. The converse is invariably true, as the breakdown or collapse of government almost invariably leads to disorder and lawlessness. Much of the social science literature equates order with stability.

Threats of punishment have the ability to compel. Order is nevertheless difficult to maintain on this basis as even people who initially welcomed the application of the iron fist will turn against it unless they are somehow rewarded or effectively cowed. The latter is almost impossible to do in the long-term; the most successful instance may be the Mongol use of terror to subdue and extract tribute from the Russians for several hundred years. In modern times, this task verges on the impossible.

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