literate chauvinism

May 23, 2012, 1:54 a.m. chauvinism , literacy

literate chauvinism daya dissanayake "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read", wrote Mark Twain. Yet the man who can read but does not, considers himself superior to someone who cannot read. That is Literate Chauvinism, which extends to Linguistic Chauvinism, when "m ...

culture in my pocket

May 18, 2012, 1:19 a.m. culture , museum

Museums in my pocket daya dissanayake Google has partnered with the Israel Museum to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls and make them available online. These scrolls, dating back to the time of the birth of Christianity, had to be locked up in the museum due to their fragility. Till now only a few schola ...

all roads bring garbage

May 16, 2012, 11:53 p.m. eco-system , holiday season , Nuwara Eliya

All Roads Lead to Eco-destruction Creative Placemaking has come to Nuwara Eliya, brining vast improvements to the town, specially around Lake Gregory and all roads did lead to Nuwara Eliya, this 'season' too. The little town was bursting at its seams. A cultural tradition inherited from the 'White m ...

Melville's woman

May 2, 2012, 1:45 a.m. ahab's wife , moby dick

The Draft of a Draft "White Killer Whale Adult spotted for the first time in wild". On April 23rd, BBC reported a sighting of a white whale, off the coast of eastern Russia. The article concludes, "The most famous white whale, though, is the fictional sperm whale that drove Captain Ahab to his event ...