A Disheartening Read

The intellectual life of the British working classes
The intellectual life of the British working classes

Here’s a depressing read for anyone interested in the future of libraries, reading and the younger generation (and not just that of the U.S.A.).

Far from the internet, email and all manner of digital resources leading to the development of enquiring and open minds thirsting for knowledge, Mark Bauerlein argues that it has led to the complete opposite. In The Dumbest Generation he chronicles how instead we have a nation of narcissistic, peer-orientated ignoramuses.

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Italian Film Festival 2008

Italian film festival
Italian film festival

Now in its 13th year, the Cathay Pacific Italian Film festival continues as New Zealand’s largest single culture film festival and the largest Italian cultural event in New Zealand.  

There are 16 films screening in the 2008 festival.  This year’s film highlights range from thrillers, such as The unknown woman (2007 European film of the year) through to romantic comedies like Manual of love 2, Sexy comedy and Kiss me baby  to a documentary charting the world wide success of the Vespa, Forever Vespa.  Other examples are Night bus which combines all three elements of romance, comedy and drama and Red as the sky a true story about a boy who loses his eyesight in an accident that comes to change the lives of those with whom he comes into contact.

The Festival runs from 22nd October to 5th November at Rialto Cinemas, Christchurch.

Visit the website for film synopses and more: www.italianfilmfestival.co.nz.