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Dante, Our Medieval Contemporary

Michael Glover | Hyperallergic | 13th February 2021 | U

Survey of The Divine Comedy in art, 700 years after its creator's death. The poem is a visual feast and inspired works by the likes of Botticelli, Blake, and Doré: "Thanks to Dante’s powers of description, we are enabled to see the Inferno most readily, as if in our mind’s eye. Even when the creatures that move through it are symbols, they are creatures first of all" (1,282 words)


Surviving Your Thirties

Nell Frizzell | Lit Hub | 10th February 2021 | U

It's not exactly your thirties, but close enough — those years when you feel, or feel you ought to feel, the biological clock ticking. "Unlike childhood, adolescence, menopause, or the midlife crisis, we have no common term for the tumult of time, hormones, social pressure and maternal hunger that smacks into many women like a train at the end of their twenties and early thirties" (6,300 words)


How To Have Better Arguments

Ian Leslie | Guardian | 16th February 2021 | U

We fight and flame far too readily on social media, but it would be a dull world if we all agreed about everything. Constructive disagreement is vital to the healthy functioning of co-operative enterprises from marriages to multinationals. The key to arguing well is to show respect for your opponent. If you want to win them over, create ways for them to retreat without losing face (4,200 words)


From Child Soldier To Rebel Commander

Johannes Bohme | Narratively | 18th February 2021 | U

Grim life story, powerfully told, of Dominic Ongwen, kidnapped at 14 and pressed into service as a child soldier of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army. He rose to become a commander notable for ruthlessness even by the exacting standards of the LRA. He now awaits sentencing at the International Criminal Court on 61 counts of murder, rape, pillage, kidnap and torture (6,200 words)


The Secret Life Of H.G. Carrillo

Paula Mejía | Rolling Stone | 11th February 2021 | U

Stranger than fiction story of a celebrated Cuban-American writer who died of Covid-19 in April 2020 and was subsequently discovered to have been living an entirely invented life. A beloved teacher and mentor, he was born Herman Glenn Carroll in Detroit and his family was unaware of his pretences. He had no Latin heritage, yet his students found meaning in his deception (8,067 words)


Audio Of The Week: The Anti-Vaccine Movement | You're Wrong About. Three journalists debunk the myths perpetuated by today's anti vaxxers and explore how this early example of "fake news" originated (45m 54s)

Video Of The Week: A Day In 1920s Berlin | Glamourdaze. Period footage of Berlin during the Weimar Republic, restored and colourised (2m 47s)

Wonder Of The Week: A chess player can burn up to 6,000 calories a day while playing in a tournament, three times what an average person consumes in a day


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