In the new issue, the interview with the American writer and a rediscovered text by the Italian author. Digital focus on Tenerife’s legendary ‘dragon tree’
In such an uncertain time, crossed by transformations, there was no foresight of the pandemic disaster: almost no one had foreseen it. It is not the first time that our age has “lacked” a prophecy: another striking example, twenty years ago, was September 11, which took the world by surprise. Precisely with an analysis of the concept of prophecy, of its very ancient life, and of its crisis in the era of algorithms, the section that opens the new issue of “La Lettura”, # 503, from Saturday 17 July in preview in the App (available on the App Store and Google Play) and from Sunday 18 on newsstands.
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The historical and conceptual framework in which the crisis of prophecy emerges is analyzed in the new issue of the supplement by Marco Ventura: while Islam, which has the word of the Prophet as its pillar, will perhaps be the first religion in the world around 2050, and while science and technology increasingly rely on the predictive capacity of algorithms , even the pandemic has displaced everyone. Perhaps what is needed is not so much an “anticipation” of probable trends but a different understanding and explanation of what is happening.
Meanwhile, essays and scientific and anthropological studies on the subject flourish; in Italy the essay by the specialist of Jewish mystic Giulio Busi Guess the world (il Mulino) analyzes examples of prophecy in human culture, from the very beginning, and shows how much it was inherent to ancient society; Paolo Zellini writes about it. Scholar Mark Lynas, author of Our final warning (Fazi), explains in the interview with Luigi Ippolito the choices still possible to save us from the climate disaster.
The times, in short, ask us to look far ahead: at a distance of a tree, at least. Yes, because trees can live for hundreds of years, if not millennia: this is shown by a visualization that compares the longevity of various plant species. But tourism can also be green: Danilo Zagaria writes about it starting from the essay Travel green in nature by Chiara Grasso and Christian Lenzi (Sonda). Also by Zagaria is the Theme of the Day on Saturday 17 July in the App, on the legendary “dragon tree” of Tenerife: in 1799 the geographer and botanist Alexander von Humboldt estimated it to be 6,000 years old.
Many writers in number. Mauro Covacich and Alessandra Sarchi they talk about the limits and challenges of the body, starting from their personal experiences of suffering; «La Lettura» visits the set of the film based on The hummingbird by Sandro Veronesi, directed by Francesca Archibugi, in the reportage by Cristina Taglietti. Phenomenon Dan Brown, bestselling author like Da Vinci’s code (Mondadori), wrote a book for children a year ago, The symphony of animals (Rizzoli), “accompanied” by his music: in the interview with Severino Colombo the writer takes stock of that experience and reveals an unpublished Robert Langdon in love. The issue offers a preview: a rediscovered sheet by Pier Paolo Pasolini, discovered by Giuseppe Pollicelli and published by “la Lettura” with the consent of the poet’s heir, Graziella Chiarcossi: a page of artistic criticism in which Pasolini reconstructs, with great critical gaze, the influences of twentieth century art on the works of the painter and friend Giuseppe Zigaina. Two contributions by foreign authors: Patrick McGrath reflects on Kafka, while Stuart MacBride’s supplement offers a thriller the size of a short story.
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