Growing up on the periphery (with the occasional foray, of course, into the heart) of, three or four different societies/cultures/civilizations/what-have-you, one often felt that encyclopedias and the other canons of modern life did not do justice to the world as one say it. Finally, there's an encyclopedia to end that; the Wikipedia that I have mentioned before. I think I am there to stay as a member of that community. You can follow my presence there at my User page on that system. Might even tell you a few things about me you didn't know and didn't care enough about to ask :D.
In particular, I have a list on the above page that describes Wikipedia Content I recommend highly.