Culture - 2008

Buena Vista Social Club.Via Flickr

The Music of the Buena Vista Social Club

CultureSantiago Ramos

Under the ruthless rule of General Fulgencio Batista, playing for the glitzy social clubs of Havana, more than one generation of Cuban musicians freely and happily cultivated their unique national sound.

Dante's Paradiso. Wikimedia Commons

The Utopia of a Hope Uprooted from Tradition

CultureJohn Waters

The death of the writer Nuala O’Faolain shook Ireland, also because of her last words. John Waters responds to that provocation, starting from his own experience.

Miguel de Unamuno in 1925. Via Wikimedia Commons

The Fall of Reason

CultureRebecca Cherico

Miguel de Unamuno clearly recognizes that his culture depends on Christianity; his writings are a clear antidote to the misconception that history did not change Europe's understanding of the human person.

 Galileo Galilei displaying his telescope to Leonardo Donato. Wikimedia Commons

Why the Pope is on the Side of the Scientists

CultureDavide Perillo

The quest for the truth, the defense of rationality, the summons to good… Obstacles to research? No, the exact opposite, says one of Italy’s most important physicists.