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At the end of his lecture, Dylan describes the moment in the Odyssey when Odysseus visits Achilles in the underworld. Achilles tells him that trading a long life of peace for a short one of honor and glory was a mistake. He is dead for eternity; “if he could, he would choose to go back and be a lowly slave to a tenant farmer on Earth rather than be what he is—a king in the land of the dead,” Dylan says. “That’s what songs are, too. Our songs are alive in the land of the living.” Dylan never needed to make that trade. He has had more lives than a cat, and all of them add up to one long life of enough honor and glory to sustain a small nation. One day, he, too, will go down under the ground. But his songs will stay forever alive, up here.
The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to growPatrick Coburn, Independent
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The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one's home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.
— Barbara Pym, born around this date in 1913
"Because here’s the thing: fact-checking isn’t friendly. Nor should it be. Fact-checking developed to hold powerful people to account: it’s confrontational, and it’s like that because it has to be. If we want to change people’s minds, we should really take a different approach. Because no one likes being told they’re wrong." — Rowland Manthorpe in Wired
Australia's ABC Fact Check closed one year ago due to budget cuts. This week — with the headline "Just when you thought it was safe to bend the truth" — it relaunched across all of ABC's platforms in a partnership with RMIT University. The resuscitated site includes a "fact files" feature designed to explain issues rather than fact-check politicians' statements. Read more here.