At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the Makeshop opened its doors in 2012 to teach local children to embroider, do magic and make slime. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts was opened in 2002 after the Carle family visited picture-book museums on a trip to Japan. The UK got its own version in the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, east London, which houses caves, magic trees and gardens. The biggest development at Kew Gardens in the past decade was the Children’s Garden , which opened last summer with its living bamboo tunnels, splash pools, cherry trees and giant rhubarb. … [Read more...] about ‘Part-science lab, part-playground’: how kids made museums take fun seriously
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André Gide: Strait Is the Gate (1909) At the age of 10 Jerome falls in love with his cousin Alissa and vows to dedicate his life to her happiness. She, however, in response to her mother's infidelity, dedicates her life to God. As the cousins grow, they come to very different understandings of the biblical text that gave Gide his title. Her severe religious morality will not allow her to accept Jerome's love — though her journals show the reader that she is just as much in love with him as he with her — and on her deathbed she realises that the sacrifice she thought she was making to God, for the sake of both their souls, has been in vain. Gide almost certainly drew on his youthful attempt to woo his cousin in this, his most lyrically enchanting novel. AN … [Read more...] about 1000 novels everyone must read: Love (part one)
And it is easy for migrants to move to another country in Europe's open-border Schengen zone, covering most of the EU. "There are pressures for people to act outside the [Dublin] regulation, if they have no family there, or don't speak the language," she said. … [Read more...] about Migrant crisis: Who does the EU send back?
Benedict has come forward on a variety of issues over the past seven years, most controversially writing last year that the sexual revolution of the 1960s and “homosexual cliques” among priests were to blame for the church’s paedophile-priest scandals. The opinion came two months after an unprecedented Vatican summit on tackling clerical sexual abuse, and sharply contrasted with that of Francis, who blamed the scandals on a clerical culture that elevates priests above the laity. Benedict also wrote a letter complimenting Cardinal Joachim Meisner – a fierce critic of Francis who spoke out against the pontiff allowing remarried divorcees to receive holy communion – who died in 2017. … [Read more...] about Two popes, plotting cardinals and the fallout of an explosive book
"Aujourd'hui, maman est morte," is how Camus began his challenge to French wartime fiction in L'Etranger. "Father died last year," begins Houellebecq in homage. Houellebecq's chief character, Michel, is an accountant at the ministry of culture in Paris. He watches television and visits peep-shows in the way of such characters in fiction. When his father is murdered on a point of honour by a north African, Michel inherits some money and joins a package tour to Thailand, where he migrates between massage parlours and the bottle. The other tourists are fat and plebeian. … [Read more...] about The sum of private parts