Arts & Culture

Once upon a time: a brief history of children’s literature

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­ April 2 is International Children’s Book Day and the anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous contributors to this genre, Hans Christian Andersen. Susan Broomhall ­Joanne McEwan ­Stephanie Tarbin The Conversation But when Andersen wrote his works, the genre of children’s literature was not an established field as we recognise… Adults have been writing for children (a broad definition of what we… Once upon a… Read More »

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop ‘decent’ people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

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Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to “Stalinist… SBS Source: AAP “If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or… A One Nation… Read More »

Supporting Syrian refugees not only an act ‘of generosity’ but also of ‘enlightened self-interest’ – UN chief

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Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over… UNnewsCentre “This is the moment for all countries that are involved, directly or indirectly in the conflict, to put aside their differences and… Supporting Syrian refugees… Read More »

New York’s Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

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The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said BBC News Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea. The bronze Fearless… New York’s Fearless… Read More »

How French ”Intellectuals” ruined the West: Postmodernism and its impact, explained

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Postmodernism presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but to modernity… Helen Pluckrose Areo Magazine That may sound like a bold or even hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and… The irrational and identitarian “symptoms” of… How French ”Intellectuals… Read More »

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 60 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)

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Darwin’s revolutionary, humane and highly readable introduction to his theory of evolution is arguably the most important book of the… Robert McCrum The Guardian When Charles Darwin first saw On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in book form, he is said to have remarked that he… Actually, the book, composed in a hurry to forestall his… The 100 best… Read More »

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

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From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we… Naomi Alderman The Guardian Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel more fresh or… Dystopian dreams: how… Read More »

Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan Sentenced to Prison for Painting of Kurdish Town Attack

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Doğan has been given a sentence of 2 years and 10 months by a Turkish court. Perwana Nazif, ArtNet The Turkish-Kurdish painter and journalist Zehra Doğan has been sentenced to 2 years, nine months, and 22 days in prison for creating a painting which depicted the destruction caused by Turkish security forces in the… Turkish Artist Zehra… Read More »

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

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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

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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 »