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On Primitive Photography, Primary School and Other Matters

“New film from Terrence Malick to explore the life of Christ” by Matthew Becklo for Aletia

Jester Being, CC BY-SA 4.0

“What does Christ want from us?”
According to Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick posed this question to his fellow director in a letter after seeing Silence, the former’s long-awaited film about Jesuit missionaries in Japan … [I]f recent reports are accurate, Malick’s question to Scorsese might be reflective of a new, even more explicitly Christian direction.

“Notre Dame de Paris and Architectural Culture,” by Steven W. Semes in Public Discourse

The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is not simply an illustration in an architectural history textbook whose value is limited to documenting a style that was popular between 1190 and 1425. Rather, it is evidence of a way of conceiving and making buildings embedded in a culture and a religious faith that retains a hold on our imaginations and affections.

“Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong,” by Natalie Wexler in The Atlantic.

Justyna Stasik

What if the medicine we have been prescribing is only making matters worse, particularly for poor children? What if the best way to boost reading comprehension is not to drill kids on discrete skills but to teach them, as early as possible, the very things we’ve marginalized—including history, science, and other content that could build the knowledge and vocabulary they need to understand both written texts and the world around them?

“Recreating the First Color Photo Ever Made,” by Shane E. Larsen for PetaPixel

In a world driven by multi-media and digital imagery, it is easy to forget that not so long ago, photography was a brand new technology. As of right now, it is less than 200 years old! … These early photographs were all monochromatic — “black and white.” They were largely based on chemical reactions of silver nitrate, which darkens when exposed to sunlight. Such reactions are called “photochemical.” While the novelty of capturing life exactly as it appeared at a given moment was enchanting, there was always something missing: color.

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