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Rembrandt: sun in the firmament of art

in Arts/History

In 2019, the Netherlands honors its national treasure Rembrandt, 350 years after his death. What makes his art so great?

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The life and work of “Snowflake Bentley”

in History/Philosophies
Essay: "The Snowflake Man of Vermont." (Creative Commons essay, public domain photo)
Essay: "The Snowflake Man of Vermont." (Creative Commons essay, public domain photo)

Vermont farmer Wilson Bentley, the first person to photograph and study the complexity of snow crystals, died 87 years ago today: “On the morning he was laid to rest… it began to snow, leaving a dusting over the burial ground.”

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1003 Nights: Leipzig dreamed in Ukrainian

in History/LEIPGLO/Literature/Society
Dreamy Ukrainian poem wins 1003 Nights contest. (Photo art: Ana Beatriz Ribeiro)
Dreamy Ukrainian poem wins 1003 Nights contest. (Photo art: Ana Beatriz Ribeiro)

“I have never been to Germany, and saw Leipzig only in photos or in dreams. In this poem, I wanted to depict a Leipzig of the past, a place in a time long gone.” (1003 Nights literary contest winner – poetry)

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Leather, paper, feather – castles

in History/Literature/Travel
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    Moritzburg Castle, Germany. (Photo: Lito Seizani)
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    Schwerin Castle, Germany. (Photo: public domain)
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    Ludwigslust Palace, Germany. (Photo: Lito Seizani)

Renaissance and Baroque surprises lie just a train ride (or a few) away.

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1003 Nights: “Memoir of an Anarchist City”

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Urban art in Leipzig Plagwitz.
Urban art in Leipzig Plagwitz.

“Of course, Charlemagne couldn’t destroy that Leipzig spirit: and neither would the Habsburgs, Napoleon, Hitler, or Stalin.” (1003 Nights literary contest winner – mixed genre)

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Racial terror and remembrance: beyond a single story

in Glocal/History/Politics
Racial terror in the United States. (Photo: public domain)
Racial terror in the United States. (Photo: public domain)

An American scholar in Leipzig asks: What can the US learn from Germany’s successful experience memorializing its atrocities? #NeverAgain

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