Arts & Culture

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

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In the last decade of his life, from 1740 to 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach abandoned the furious pace of composition he had maintained for over 30 years and concentrated his creative energies largely on the composition of just six works. Daniel Herscovitch The Conversation They were the second volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch, The Musical Offering, the B Minor Mass and finally, The Art of Fugue. In these six… Decoding ... Read More »

His work for peace is what really matters

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Derry has been moved by many republican funerals through the decades of strife and conflict, but yesterday’s spectacle was bigger than any one tradition. Michael Cliffor Irish Examiner Martin McGuinness was seen off as a favourite son of this intimate city, rather than a republican leader. Divisions fell away… His work for… Read More »

Archaeologists uncover stunning town built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 years ago read

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Palatial building and luxurious imports signal that the Greek founders of Poseidonia in Italy were living high on the hog from pagan… Philippe Bohstrom Haaretz The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its… The founders hailed from… Archaeologists uncover stunning… Read More »

Why It’s A Problem That Reading Is At 30-Year Lows, And How ‘Digital Temperance’ Can Help

Literature - The Federalist

Americans’ interest in literature has dropped to a three-decade low. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist The fact is, many don’t know what they are missing—and they don’t care. I could spend… Why It’s A… Read More »

Why we need the humanities more than ever, by the President of Yale

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In our complex and interconnected world, we need leaders of imagination, understanding, and emotional intelligence—men and women who will move beyond polarizing debates and tackle the… Peter Salovey World Economic Forum To cultivate such leaders, we must value and invest in the… I am a psychologist by training, and I study human… Art, literature, history, and… Why we need… Read More »

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

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“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and… Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic Business Insider Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had… A Psychiatrist Who… Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

People - The COnversation

Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

Comment: The return of the banality of evil

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Anti-Semitism has never really gone away. Na’ama Carlin SBS But not since the dark days of the Holocaust have anti-Semites and racists been so emboldened, says Na’ama Carlin. It seemed a… Comment: The return… Read More »

A city with too much history to handle

Naples - BBC

A group of vigilantes has stepped in to restore forgotten historical sites in Naples’ Vergini neighbourhood. Erin Craig BBC News Naples has a history problem: there’s just too much of it. Greek cemeteries, Roman… A city with… Read More »

7 Religious Women Explain How Their Faith Empowers Their Feminism

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‘People say to me, doesn’t your faith oppress you?’ Nitya Rajan The Huffington Post As part of our All Women Everywhere month, we asked seven women of faith whether their belief helps or hinders their… From battling stigma to fighting for their rights in the workplace, each woman explains, what has been at times, an “uncomfortable” journey to balance their faith with… 7 Religious Women… Read More »

Multiculturalism will only work if all Australians sign up, Coalition’s first policy statement says

Multiculturalism - ABC

The Federal Government’s first policy statement on multiculturalism declares it a “success” but says every Australian must sign up to shared values and mutual obligations. Jane Norman ABC Releasing Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful today, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja said the Coalition had put its stamp on the “unifying” statement, which is also the first since 2011. The son of… Multiculturalism will only… Read More »

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

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As Jewish and Sassanid troops marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christian residents of village on main pilgrimage route hid their valuables; now, nine copper coins hidden in a niche have been… ILAN BEN ZION The Times of Israel As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the… Hoard of coins… Read More »

Arthena uses data science to find the best investments in art

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We all have our opinions about art (even if that opinion is just I don’t get it) — but what about art as an investment? TechCrunch Arthena, which is part of the current batch of startups at Y Combinator, says it can help investors make money reliably from… Founder and CEO Madelaine D’Angelo said Arthena first launched… Arthena uses data… Read More »

Dineo Seshee Bopape Wins Future Generation Art Prize

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The announcement comes hot on the heels of her co-winning the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Art… Caroline Elbaor artnetnews Dineo Seshee Bopape is on a roll. Following last week’s announcement that she was one of the four winners of the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, the South African artist has been named the recipient of the 2017 Future Generation Art… Dineo Seshee Bopape… Read More »

An exclusive tour of Ai Weiwei’s new work

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A huge new artwork by Ai Weiwei in Prague attempts to put our attention back on the global refugee… BBC Rob Cameron meets the artist and takes a… A 70-m (230-ft) life raft hangs in the vast hall of Prague’s Trade Fair Palace. In it sit 258 faceless, inflatable… Although Ai Weiwei’s monumental new artwork is as light as air, it’s subject matter is… An exclusive tour… Read More »

How To Be A ‘Woke’ White Person: Join The Alt-Right

Racism - The Federalist

Why is it that the rules for being a good anti-racist white person are so eerily similar to the behavior of the racist ‘alt-right’? Robert Tracinski The Federalist An image has been circulating around the Internet listing “10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege.” Take a read… How To Be… Read More »