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A curated selection of sublime works

Sublimity refers to a certain type of elevated language that strikes its listener with the mighty and irresistible power of a thunderbolt. A sublime passage can be heard again and again with equal pleasure.— Longinus - Περὶ ὕψους (On the Sublime)

The idea for project HYPSEUS came about during the 2020 pandemic when I started asking people for recommendations and lists of stuff to watch / listen / read / play during this time where it was hard to find a center and fully appreciate things with all the strangeness of the period. Thinking about this exchange and a very interesting video I had seen regarding the relationship of video-games with the Kantian philosophical concept of the sublime , I decided to create a website that would function as a curated list of things I myself find sublime, in different cultural mediums such as cinema, music, video-games, literature and comics. I am hoping you find these recommendations useful and help out with extending this list by getting in touch and sharing your own recommendations.

Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt— Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason