Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala

Lesley O’Dowd National news in countries around the world showed 16 year old Malala addressing the United Nations in July 2013. Viewers heard her eloquent plea for the right to an education. Since recommencing in England the education interrupted by the near-fatal Taliban bullet in her head, Malala has produced an autobiography, co-authored by a …

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Jérôme Ferrari, Le Sermon sur la chute de Rome

Lesley O’Dowd Over-intellectual, abstract… I sighed when I heard the Prix Goncourt 2012 had gone to a novel about student philosophers who decide to run a bar in Corsica--and that the bar will meet the fate of Rome falling to the barbarians in 430, as commented by Saint Augustine. Now I recognize that Saint Augustine …

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman's impassioned talk on the importance of reading and daydreaming as a gateway to our imaginations. I feel I could have written this (though not quite so eloquently) in the sense that I agree with pretty much everything he says. I'm sure a lot of you do too. He says that he attended a talk …

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