Monthly Archives: January 2011

“Obamapoetics”: an example on why democracy needs the humanities.

To me, it represents a perfect case for why democracy needs the humanities today. The words we choose to use are important, as one of my favorite Italian movies ever by Nanni Moretti, titled “Bianca”, shows- and are able to influence actions. If they are the words of the president of the United States, even more. And, they come from poetry! Isn’t that something marvelous?! Continue reading

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Understanding the Health Bill

Catching some of Sir Paul Nurse’s programme on climate change scepticism, and the wider issue of communicating scientific knowledge and research to the public, I started thinking about the issues raised by this week’s publication of the Government’s Health and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Writing the Illusionary Patient – Philip Roth’s The Humbling

Philip Roth once famously wrote ‘Sheer playfulness and deadly seriousness are my closest friends’. In The Humbling Roth endows this characterisation of his work with new meaning. It is embodied in the tragic figure of an actor unable to do what … Continue reading

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