Can a film change the world? If we believe in the power of one, that ability each human being carries around to make the environment around them better by simply adjusting their behavior, then films have the potential to change the world.
'When someone looks at my library and asks if I have read everything, I reply: 'Absolutely not. The books I've already read are stored in the basement. Here, you barely see what I'll read during the weekend,'" Umberto Eco related with delightful self-irony.
Eco transcended the worlds of academics and fiction, penning numerous internationally acclaimed works.
While the classics have always had a reputation for intimidating length (Tolstoy, Dickens, I'm looking at you), we are now living in the era of an entirely new trend: the big, fat, juicy debut novel.
Pushing Photorealism to New Levels of Beauty: Yigal Ozeri's "Revolution at Giverny, a Return to Women in Nature" and "Yigal Ozeri: Recent Work"
With the recent opening of his exhibition Revolution at Giverny: A Return to Women in Nature it is difficult to disagree that in this series Ozeri has reached a new apex of depicting beauty.
Yigal Ozeri: 'A Creator of New Things and an Imitator of Nature' Revisiting Photo Realism in Contemporary Art (Part 1 of 2)
When you meet Yigal Ozeri, you feel you have stumbled into the presence of someone different. Like an eternal '70s rockstar, his personality exudes from the top of his unruly hair to his often outlandish shoes.
The ability to love is an important achievement for our emotional wellbeing and has to be taught and learned. At times, you wish you had a manual but, alas, it would take away its naturalness and would deprive you of the freedom to make mistakes, learn from them and go forward.
The English translation of Umberto Eco's debut novel The Name of the Rose (Italian 1980) first appeared thirty years ago, and it continues to delight and surprise, even after multiple readings.
And so what, then, if a preschool teacher makes a Lira or two on the side posing for calendars your kids shouldn't be looking at anyway? If it advances the cause of women's empowerment in a still very gender-divided society, I'm all for it.
To describe the Jaipur Literature Festival as the rambunctious love-spawn of the mercantile-minded Frankfurt Book Fair and free-spirited Woodstock barely scratches the surface of this spectacle.
Ask anyone who read newspapers during the 1980s and '90s and they can recall at least one Far Side cartoon. What is surprising is the extent of the religious material found in these pages.