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The Giraffe and the Zookeeper and Diski

The Giraffe and the Zookeeper and Diski

In 2014, there was a bit of a stir here in the UK and in Europe when the Copenhagen Zoo announced that it was going to kill an 18 month-old giraffe called Marius.

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The Goethezeit

The Goethezeit

If he hadn’t lived from 1749 to 1832, safely into the modern era and the age of print, but had instead flourished when Shakespeare did, there would certainly be scholars today theorizing that the life and work of half a dozen men had been combined under Goethe’s name.

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The left and right alike have misunderstood deconstruction…

The left and right alike have misunderstood deconstruction…

Over the past four decades, scholars in the American humanities have used deconstruction — a style of interpretation pioneered by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

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‘Will hubris be the final legacy of Steve Jobs?’

‘Will hubris be the final legacy of Steve Jobs?’

Partway through Alex Gibney’s earnest documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an early Apple Computer collaborator named Daniel Kottke asks the question.

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Jonty Tiplady: Time Pass

Jonty Tiplady: Time Pass

Screenshot from Isiah Medina’s 88:88 (2015 USA) by Jonty Tiplady Where does one start with an Isiah Medina film? One starts perhaps with the fact we have only just started to watch them. With the fact that he himself has only just started to make them. Or with the...

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Jenny Diski on the enormity of that lost word

Jenny Diski on the enormity of that lost word

For the third time this month I’ve locked myself out of my online banking facility. Each time I have run over the limit of making three mistakes in my password.

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State School Myths: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn (Again)

State School Myths: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn (Again)

As for our own free schools, there is mounting evidence that not only do many of these face as many, if not more, problems than the schools they were designed to replace

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Supremacy or Privilege?

Supremacy or Privilege?

From the cover of Black Panther No. 1, to be published this year, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. From Dublin Review of Books: The ubiquity of smartphones and dashboard cameras has meant that digital capture of police transgression is more available than ever, and the viral spread of...

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Tomoé Hill on scent and sex in Ulysses

Tomoé Hill on scent and sex in Ulysses

As a scent obsessive, these lines from the “Nausicaa” chapter in Ulysses represent much more than they might seem.

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Ursula’s Tentacles

Ursula’s Tentacles

Though Ariel is sweet and naive and in love, she worries that, without her voice, she’s got little more than a clamshell bra and a dream in her heart.

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‘Austerity is a trap for the left as long as they refuse to challenge it’

‘Austerity is a trap for the left as long as they refuse to challenge it’

Those who care to see know the real damage that austerity has had on people’s lives. From those needing care who now get so little, to those waiting longer for hospital treatment, and those whose homes might not have been flooded without the cuts from 2011.

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Tui

Tui

Here are some words I’ve been writing down recently: Mingimingi. Ponga. Horoeka. Titoki.

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Max Ritvo on family, Mortal Kombat and cancer

Max Ritvo on family, Mortal Kombat and cancer

Illustration by Victoria Ritvo by Max Ritvo 1 My only act of violence as a child was one of mutual play. I was friends with Miranda, our housekeeper’s niece, and we were playing pretend Mortal Kombat. We were very conscious of the fact that it was a game. Neither...

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An ecopoem is urgent, it aims to unsettle…

An ecopoem is urgent, it aims to unsettle…

A familiar argument against didactic poetry is that it preaches to the choir. A poem should not preach, but it may teach the choir a new tune, the chorus a new step.

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