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Some years ago, I travelled to Israel for a conference on dramaturgy. Losing my way at the train station, I was rescued by a soldier who chatted with me all the way to Tel Aviv. I dreaded what was coming. What was I doing there, he asked? In a region of endless conflict and, for this young man, daily risk, my reply seemed feeble to my ears. Yet his face lit up as if I had opened a window. Dramaturgy! A subject as far away from war and ancient hatreds as it was possible to get. He would love to talk about it. And so we did. We are not defined by the calamities that befall us. We are more than the sum of our hazards, hardships and heartbreaks. We are defined, as individuals and as a nation, by the positive content of our …
5 days ago · From The_Conversation_Australia
The announcement was buried by the deluge of coronavirus-related news, but on March 21st The Hague elected a “Night Mayor.” The Dutch city’s new Nachtburgemeester, Pat Smith, brought to his successful campaign a long record as an organizer of dance parties and a nightlife advocate. He joined the ranks of some 35 other night mayors, night czars, night economy ambassadors and holders of equivalent titles around the world. All of these had been appointed or elected since 2012, when Mirik Milan emerged from Amsterdam’s nighttime cultural sector to become that city’s firs…
6 days ago · From The_Conversation_Canada
Friedrich Nietzsche’s body of work is notoriously difficult to navigate. He wrote in multiple styles, including essays, aphorisms, poems, and fiction. He introduced idiosyncratic concepts such as the free spirit, the Übermensch, eternal recurrence, ressentiment, the ascetic ideal, the revaluation...By Kimerer LaMotheRead at Aeon
04.03.2020 · From someone
‘What do you think the grass looks like?’Two friends – a blind boy and a sighted girl – wander through a meadow, riding their bikes, picking dandelions and doing their best to avoid stinging nettles. Now and then, the girl probes the contours of the boy’s sensory experience, often to his annoyance. After all, how can he explain what it’s like to not know or even understand colours, or why his experience doesn’t require them? Deriving depth and nuance from the simple premise of children at play, the Polish filmmaker Filip Jacobson reflects on the possibilities and limits of communicating subjec…
29.02.2020 · From someone
Imagine the following. You are living a life with enough money and health and time so as to allow an hour or two of careless relaxation, sitting on the sofa at the end of the day in front of a large television, half-heartedly watching a documentary about solar energy with a glass of wine and scro...By Jonny RobinsonRead at Aeon
27.02.2020 · From someone
How do girls feel before and after learning mindfulness? The six girls in our program, aged 11 and 12, drew pictures showing that learning and practising mindfulness helped them feel more in control and compassionate, less judgmental, happy, focused, calm and logical, especially when they make good choices. These girls had just completed the 12-week holistic arts-based program (HAP) that we offer at Laurentian…
30.01.2020 · From The_Conversation_Canada
Parents of young children will remember the Hatchimal frenzy of 2016, when a cute chick that hatches by itself took the toy market by storm during the holiday season. The overwhelming popularity and instant shortage of Hatchimals left many scrambling and frustrated, and saw opportunistic third-party dealers sell the coveted $60 toy for hundreds of dollars. Worse, some had to explain to their kids why Santa would not be able to deliver on this y…
30.01.2020 · From The_Conversation_Canada
As tensions have ratcheted up between the United States and Iran, a series of tweets by President Donald Trump threatening the deliberate targeting of Iranian cultural sites triggered a strong negative reaction around the world. In fact, following Trump’s tweets, Pentagon officials reassured the world that the U.S. would not target Iran’s cultural sites, and would follow the laws of armed conflict. Quickly, the president himself appeared to backtrack, declaring: “You kn…
30.01.2020 · From The_Conversation_Canada
In vielen Städten haben sich Initiativen gegründet, die es ihren Teilnehmern ermöglichen zusammen in ihrer Stadt aktiv zu werden und größere Projekte gemeinsam zu übernehmen. Zu diesem Zweck haben sich unterschiedliche Formate wie Makerspaces, FabLabs, Hubs und Repair Cafes entwickelt. Nimmst du an einem solchen Treffen teil? Welche Projekte gibt es in deiner Stadt?
27.06.2019 · From MartinB
Why do we tell stories, and how are they crafted? In a new series, we unpick the work of the writer on both page and screen. Set against the political backdrop of Australia’s refugee policy and the racism it generates, Mark Grentell’s The Merger (2018) uses the genre of the sports film to explore – and ultimately challenge – the attitudes around this hotly contested topic. Adapted from a comedy play of the same name, written by and starring Damian Callinan (also in the film), The …
06.05.2019 · From The_Conversation_Australia
For the film's 40th anniversary, director Francis Ford Coppola has unveiled Apocalypse Now: Final Cut. The ocean rushes below as suddenly the LOUDSPEAKERS BLARE out Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. So reads the screenplay for the 1979 war movie Apocalypse Now. It describes the sequence in which a squadron of American helicopters blasts Wagner while attacking a Viet Cong village during the Vietnam War. The scene would become one of the most iconic in ...
06.05.2019 · From The_Conversation_Australia
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets” (Leonardo da Vinci) Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in a farm village in Tuscany. As a young boy he received no particular education but showed a keen interest in arts and in the utilisation of diverse materials. Far from having noble origins, he was considered an “illegitimate” son, a term used for children born to unmarried parents that consigned him, at age 15, to the guardianship of Andrea del Verrocchio.
06.05.2019 · From The_Conversation_France
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him. As novel-openers go, they don’t come much better than this one in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. See how th…
29.04.2019 · From The_Conversation_Australia
In an historical decision, Taiwan’s top court has ruled in favour of gay marriage. The May 26 verdict raised the hopes of many LGBT activists throughout the region, especially in China and Vietnam. As is all too common worldwide, homophobia causes suffering in Vietnam, where until 2000 it was illegal for gay couples to live together. Homosexuality was only removed from the official list of mental il…
28.04.2019 · From The_Conversation_Global
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