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Machalicka, Jana

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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 14/10/2015

Pupils must be forced to enjoy reading

According to recent surveys on the social networks the books on the country's compulsory reading lists are becoming increasingly unpopular among schoolchildren in the Czech Republic. The conservative daily calls on parents and teachers to redouble their efforts to teach young people about their national legacy: "This passionate debate harks back to the revolutionary architecture students who in 1989 demanded that physics be scrapped because they found it too difficult and claimed they would never need it anyway. Now it's books that are supposedly too boring and uninteresting. … The problem is not that classical Czech literature is boring, but that these books are being read by children who are not intellectually developed enough to appreciate them. We need different methods for introducing to children these works which are part of the process of forming a national identity. … Schoolchildren say they want to read more entertaining books. Well of course they do; half of them would prefer not to go to school at all and spend all day surfing the Internet instead."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 22/04/2015

Czech commentaries on refugees sickening

A growing number of embarrassing commentaries on the refugee dramas in the Mediterranean are being posted on Czech websites, features editor Jana Machalicka notes in the conservative daily Lidové noviny: "Anyone who reads the discussions under the articles in large newspapers and online portals will think that we're a nation of disgusting, primitive, xenophobic racists. The things that are said with impunity in this public sphere are enough to turn your stomach. On the topic of the deaths in the Mediterranea most commentators agree on one thing: at least that stopped them from making it all the way here. No one asks why we're not ashamed when people welcome the deaths of these desperate people. How would these idiots have liked it if they'd been accused of just wanting to have a share in - and above all to steal - the wealth of the West before 1989? ... A large number of these shameful remarks commit several offences at once. I shudder at the idea of having such fellow citizens."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 09/03/2009

Czechs must travel abroad to see great art

Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt are the major addresses for great art exhibitions, so if Czechs want to see good art that's where they have to go, complains the conservative daily Lidové Noviny: "Austria has more money for culture than we do, and it had the benefit of not being subject to decades of communism. Nevertheless it is extremely unfortunate that there is no Czech institution that could hold similar exhibitions. It's not as if we don't have ample treasures in the public collections and art depots. These could form the basis of first-class projects. ... Of course this can cost a pretty penny, but with good international relations it should be possible to share the costs. Exhibitions could be shown in the museums and galleries that lend works to them. But the way things look it seems that even outside our borders no one is interested in what the Czechs have to offer."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 27/08/2007

The quarrel over a new play by Václav Havel

Czech playwright and former president Václav Havel has written a new play for the first time in 20 years. But the planned debut at Prague's renowned National Theater is now under a cloud of doubt because the theatre has rejected Havel's choice of director as well as the actress selected for the leading female role. The latter was to be Havel's wife Dagmar Havolová, a famous stage actress. Havel has stressed that he wrote the role specifically for his wife and that he will insist she be given the role. Jana Machalická sees the quarrel over the production as a classic example of Czech narrow-mindedness. "The play has already been translated into several languages. Two major theaters in England and three in the United States have already announced their interest in staging the premiere. But here in the Czech Republic the haggling will go on until the author gets sick of it all. The National Theater should have grabbed the opportunity without hesitation. It's disgraceful that such a fuss is being made about the production."

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