Arts & Culture

Love triangle trivializes more important theme in “The Promise”

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The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press The Berkshire Eagle That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise ” intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and… Love triangle trivializes… Read More »

Pope Francis in Egypt in push for ‘fraternity’

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Pope Francis landed in the Egyptian capital on April 28 to promote “unity and fraternity” with Muslims and Christians, who have suffered a series of jihadist… Hurriyet The visit is a “voyage of unity and fraternity,” the pontiff told reporters before he disembarked in Cairo airport to be greeted by Catholic priests and Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif… It is “less than two days but very intense,” he… Pope Francis in… Read More »

This Is a Poem That Heals Fish: An Almost Unbearably Wonderful Picture-Book About How Poetry Works Its Magic

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“A poem … is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.” Maria Popova Brain Pickings “Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,” Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating the cultural power of poetry. But what is a poem, really, and what exactly is its use? Every once in a while, you stumble upon something so lovely, so… This Is a… Read More »

Record books sales as e-reading loses out to words on a page

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Scottish publishers have welcomed record book sales, including a boom in printed titles at the expense of the e… Alistair Dalton The Scotsman Books, digital books and journals combined notched up a new high of £4.8 billion last year, the Publishers Association… Sales of printed books were up by 8 per cent to £3bn – the highest for four years – but e-books were down by 3 per cent to… Non-fiction titles put on 9 per cent to £884m, boosted ... Read More »

Artist is Creating a Parthenon Made of 100,000 Banned Books: A Monument to Democracy & Intellectual Freedom

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With the rise of Far Right candidates in Europe and in America, along with creeping dictatorship in Turkey and authoritarianism in the Philippines, the idea of democracy and freedom of speech feels under threat more than… Open Culture While we don’t talk about political solutions here on Open Culture, we do believe in the power of art to… Argentine artist Marta Minujín is creating a large-scale artwork called The Parthenon of Books that… Artist is Creating… Read More »

Remembering fallen war heroes is insincere if it excludes those suffering today

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied does not deserve nastiness – many Muslim Australians know the tragedy of war better than… Mariam Tokhi The Guardian As a first-generation Muslim Australian, I’ve often wondered what Anzac Day should mean to… The furore (and social media savagery) over Yasmin Abdel-Magied’s seven words have reignited that… Remembering fallen war… Read More »

The Strong Evidence Against Spanking

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A review of the available research finds that physical punishment is significantly linked to bad outcomes for kids. JULIE BECK TheAtlantic Around the world, an average of 60 percent of children receive some kind of physical punishment, according to UNICEF. And the most common form is spanking. In the United States, most people still see spanking as acceptable… The Strong Evidence… Read More »

‘Sadness will last forever’: Living with the Van Gogh legacy

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As he lay on his death bed, having apparently shot himself, Vincent Van Gogh is said to have uttered the final words, “The sadness will last… Patrick Wood ABC It’s hard to imagine a bleaker prophecy from the famed and deeply troubled Dutch… And yet, more than 125 years later, the Van Gogh family can attest to a fulfilling life that is, in part, devoted to honouring his work and… ‘Sadness will last… Read More »

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

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Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies The Sydney Morning Herald A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick governor known to all as Ahok mounted a… He told of inviting kindergarten children to watch a scene from the… Jakarta governor Ahok… Read More »

Past drips into present on Walled City-inspired works

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Now showing in London’s well-heeled Fitrovia, Russell West’s drip paintings are as ingenious, in their way, as Hong Kong’s historic Kowloon… RICHARD COOK Asia Times Russell West’s art – intensely coloured, three-dimensional, paint-dripped labyrinths of layers and lines – is on show at a solo exhibition in the heart of London’s elegant… Its inspiration could hardly be further away from that Past drips into… Read More »

MONA’s David Walsh defends ‘slaughter’ art show, says public outrage good for business, Tas economy

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David Walsh, millionaire founder of Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art, responds to the controversy surrounding an upcoming performance a… James Dunlevie ABC Walsh suggested the backlash to a three-hour “installation” directed by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, titled 150 Action, had served his purposes and “spiked a… The work is described by MONA as “a… MONA’s David Walsh… Read More »

‘Cultural step change’ called for over Scottish school meals

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Scotland’s school meals need to be transformed “from a feeding culture to an eating culture”, an obesity charity has… Jane Bradley The Scotsman Obesity Action Scotland said that the school dining experience varies dramatically across the country and called for schools to… This comes after a Scotland on Sunday investigation last year revealed a… ‘Cultural step change… Read More »

Out of Taiwan

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Legislator Kolas Yotaka and academic David Blundell will give talks on Saturday about Taiwan’s impact on Austronesian language and culture and… Noah Buchan Taipei Times David Blundell will give a lecture on Saturday titled “Taiwan roots of the Austronesian Language and Culture,” at the Legislative Yuan, sharing the… Blundell, a professor at National Chengchi University who has been… Out of… Read More »

This ancient building material could fuel a future infrastructure boom

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Last month, Bangladesh’s capital city became home to the world’s first cell tower constructed entirely out of bamboo — proof that emerging… Nyshka Chandran CNBC Developed by Malaysian infrastructure services firm edotco and the Bangladesh University of Engineering, the tower took just 12 days to build, versus… Bamboo boasts a low carbon footprint as it… This ancient building… Read More »

Hollywood ‘Classic Love Story’ Does Double Duty as Armenian Genocide Whitewash

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‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED’ A tale of two WWI love-triangle war films out within a month of each other—the first serving as Turkish propaganda, the second telling the… Michael Daly The Daily Beast Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett and Hera Hilmar surely would not have signed on to star in The Ottoman Lieutenant if they even imagined they… And screenwriter Jeff Stockwell—who is by every indication a very decent person—says that… Hollywood ‘Classic Love… Read More »

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

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Today some claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his… Dr Simon Gathercole The Guardian How confident can we be that Jesus Christ actually lived? The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and… Within a few decades of his supposed lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians, as well as by dozens of… What is the… Read More »