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How Hokusai’s Great Wave came into the world

Author: Angus Lockyer (London, UK) Source: The Conversation. By the time Katsushika Hokusai painted The Great Wave he was already a celebrity in Japan. The iconic print was produced in 1831 as part of a print series, Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, when the Japanese artist was 71 years...

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The magical appeal of Harry Potter

Source: Susan Reibel Moore for Mercatornet In 1997 children in Year 4 at a local Sydney girls’ school told me that I had to read a novel called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  To explain why, they told me that its hero, a young boy of eight...

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Breaking Free From Identity Politics

Source: Stephen Adubato “Who am I?” Throughout time, humans have been both perplexed and fascinated by the complex variety of answers that only began to crack open the mystery of the human person. The growing acceptance of identity politics, however, would indicate that the answers may be much...

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I’m Thinking. Please. Be Quiet.

Author: George Prochnik Source: New York Times SLAMMING doors, banging walls, bellowing strangers and whistling neighbors were the bane of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s existence. But it was only in later middle age, after he had moved with his beloved poodle to the commercial hub of Frankfurt,...

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Everyday heroes: the real-world meaning of our most popular stories

Author: Zac Alstin Source: Mercatornet I’ve been writing fiction for the past year after several years of trying to work it out. It’s nothing literary or world-changing, just a middle-grade fantasy about a boy who discovers a magic world, suffers horribly, and saves everyone in the end. I’m currently...

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What Africa loses as villagers move to the city

I have spent a total of less than five years in my home village, and therefore know very few of the people there, even extended family members. This, combined with my short-sightedness, has made me cross paths along the village roads with many people who...

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What would life be like without amazement, wonder, and awe?

The managing editor of a Canadian student newspaper recently sent me a rather daunting request: "If you had one message/piece of advice/warning for students, what would it be?" What on earth could be important enough to be that one message? I decided that what we all know...

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Till We Have Faces: How C.S. Lewis Redeemed a Greek Myth

I first read what C.S. Lewis regarded as his greatest work only recently, and it intrigued me so much that I immediately read it all over again so that I could absorb the different layers in the story more completely. Till We Have Faces: A...

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Literature, it is a-Changing

In case you missed it, this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan. Yes, that Bob Dylan. What does it mean for the world of literature when the best it has to offer is not a poet (in the traditional sense) or a novelist or a playwright,...