As one of history’s preeminent satirists, Jonathan Swift is unfortunately remembered more often today for his writing than for his fine jet-black beard, an error which we do hereby rectify. Nevertheless, his most enduring novel, Gulliver’s Travels, stands as a monument to subtle social comedy and we would be remiss to completely ignore Swift’s literary achievements. Thus, if you can pry your eyes from the obsidian glory of the Beard of Action pictured above for just a moment, we invite you to read Swift’s A Modest Proposal after the jump, courtesy of Project Gutenberg. Continue reading
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“No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.”
Even two millennia after his death, Aristotle’s influence and groundwork can be found in every corner of the academic and artistic arenas. There were no contemporary subjects, and few founded later, that still stand undisturbed by this tempest of thoughts, treatises and whiskers. Bertrand Russell (beardless, here quoted for purely demonstrative purposes) once famously wrote: “almost every serious intellectual advance has had to begin with an attack on some Aristotelian doctrine”. For his great contribution to all things, bearded and otherwise, we hereby declare Aristotle a truly hexis-tic Beard of Action.