Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bari International Film Festival

BIF&ST – Bari International Film Festival (held between 16-23 March)  reaches 70.000 spectators every year and has grown to become one of the leading cinematic events in Italy. Film director Ettore Scola is president of Bif&st. The director is Felice Laudadio, former director…

Science and art

The huge cultural authority science has acquired over the past century imposes large duties on every scientist. Scientists have acquired the power to impress and intimidate every time they open their mouths, and it is their responsibility to keep this…

“I could have done that”

Modern art: I could have done that… so I did. Be honest. If thinking “I could have done that” while walking around a contemporary art exhibition is the mark of a philistine, aren’t you a philistine, too? I know I…

Reason

Did too much rational thinking lead to the Holocaust? The German philosopher Theodor Adorno argued it did….. The Rationalist Association

Breaking literary rules

The pantheon of literature is full of authors who gleefully tore down everything that came before them. There is a certain kind of writer who seems to feel that unless he is breaking apart everything that came before him, composing…

Claudio Abbado dies

Claudio Abbado, the 80-year-old Italian conductor, has died. His death was announced earlier today; he had been in failing health for several months, and had not conducted in public since last summer.Abbado’s relatives released a brief statement saying that the maestro…

Turner’s sea paintings

By Roderick Conway Morris Turner’s contemporaries regarded him primarily as a marine painter. This perception extended to his persona, with many who met him commenting on his nautical gait, manner of speaking and other salty characteristics….. The Spectator

Reading books today

By Colin Robinson “TO read a novel is a difficult and complex art,” Virginia Woolf wrote in a 1925 essay, “How to Read a Book.” Today, with our powers of concentration atrophied by the staccato communication of the Internet and…