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Harari: preaching science with hope and love

in Literature/Society
Yuval Noah Harari in Amsterdam, 24 April 2018. Photo by Olivier Middendorp, courtesy of the Yahav-Harari Group LTD

“In a world of religious believers, ethnic wars and racism, why would an author dethroning each of these beliefs become so popular? Why do believers in God, Marxism or the nation buy a book telling them their gods are nothing but chimeras?”

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Hadrian: love, life, regrets of an emperor

in History/Literature
Moon over Rome.
Moon over Rome.

“Wise, modest, educated, intelligent, brave, full of virtues that almost make him a divinity for his own subjects, seems to the reader this Hadrian. At the same time, he is a man who commits crimes and falls in love as only mortals can.”

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Meeting ‘Antarah at Die Villa

in Community/Events/Glocal/Leipzig tips
We all know how it can feel to be a slave to a language or its grammar. With a bit of practice at Die Villa Sprachenabend, you can put this right, and help other people along their way at the same time. Who knows - maybe you will follow in ‘Antarah’s great footsteps and write poetry about your culture; become an ambassador for your country and your people. Or maybe you will stumble across the love of your life. https://leipglo.com
Antarah and Abla depicted on a 19th-century Egyptian tattooing pattern. Photo by Horemachet (Flickr) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

“In Die Villa I have learned Slovak and a few words of Esperanto; I have practised Arabic; and I feel like I am well on the way to finally mastering French slang.”

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7 insights from Andy Warhol’s “America”

in Culture / Entertainment/Travel
My favorite insights from Andy Warhol's 1985 book "America," and how they might apply to our lives today. https://leipglo.com
Andy Warhol with US President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Wikimedia Commons photo. Modified by Ana Ribeiro.

He glorified, spread and subverted its brands and symbols and celebrity cult.

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“Lolita:” language, immorality and a masterpiece

in Literature
Scene from the 1997 film adaptation of Nabokov's "Lolita." Photo from Wikipedia.

Contradictions are a challenge our world poses to us, so they need to be dealt with by, among other things, literature.

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The problem with the Ivory Tower

in Literature
No planes, no ships needed – the world cruise can be undertaken in four days, on foot, by bike, by tram to the Leipzig Book Fair.

For me, there is something pressing and ominous about a book I cannot finish.

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