In "The Pirates of Penzance," time plays a trick on Frederic, making him a victim of "a most ingenious paradox" due to his Leap Year birthday. What better way to celebrate Leap Year 2012 than to dive into books that deal with the various paradoxes and definitions of "time"? Here are a few titles to add to your reading list:
A study of the emergence in post-Kantian continental philosophy of a focus on the lived experience of temporality.
Time and Identity
Edited by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke and Harry S. Silverstein
Original essays on the metaphysics of time, identity, and the self, written by distinguished scholars and important rising philosophers.
Deep Time of the Media: Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means
Siegfried Zielinski; Translated by Gloria Custance
A quest to find something new by excavating the "deep time" of media's development—not by simply looking at new media's historic forerunners, but by connecting models, machines, technologies, and accidents that have until now remained separated.
Time and Realism: Metaphysical and Antimetaphysical Perspectives
A new view of the metaphysics of time, arguing that the traditional tensed-tenseless debate within analytic philosophy should be seen as the first stage in a philosophical investigation of time, and that the next stage belongs to phenomenology.
twin time: or, how death befell me
A young woman's fabulist search for her long-lost twin brother overturns all notions of motherhood, magic realism, and miscegenation.
An exploration of twentienth-century conceptions of time and their relation to artistic form.