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Modi’s many critics see India’s grand old party as the only force capable of stopping the BJP juggernaut…

Modi’s many critics see India’s grand old party as the only force capable of stopping the BJP juggernaut…

Hawa, a Hindi word for wind or air, carries a subtler meaning in Indian politics. A politician’s hawa is the tailwind that propels him to victory; it is the superior momentum that comes with being on a roll.

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The Body As a Vehicle Traversing Circumstance by Janice Lee

The Body As a Vehicle Traversing Circumstance by Janice Lee

This morning I am thinking about how intimacy often manifests itself through absence. That is, I learned more about the similarities I shared with my mother after she died...

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Poets’ Houses: Sitwell, Moore, Gray

Poets’ Houses: Sitwell, Moore, Gray

When it comes to interior shots of Edith Sitwell houses, this blog certainly spoils its readers. This is the room in which she was born in 1887, currently the offices of the lively Scarborough-based Valley Press.

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Colin Raff: Torpid Slivers #6-10

Colin Raff: Torpid Slivers #6-10

A child must say to her playmate, “I love you as I would a timber marmot, because your house is sturdy and filled with hallways. I love you as I would a polar razorback, because your bristly coat matches the driven snow.

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For a soi-disant parable-writer, Muriel Spark is surprisingly social in her comedy…

For a soi-disant parable-writer, Muriel Spark is surprisingly social in her comedy…

Spark’s novels – 22 in all – are the product of a ruthlessly confident, even clairvoyant sensibility, and fuse an impossible range of tones and strengths.

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*Ages*

*Ages*

Ten years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich read an article in Scientific American that shook her to the core. Its argument was that the body’s immune system, far from protecting us, can enable the growth and spread of tumours...

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Night Was the Worst

Night Was the Worst

That violación. Not enough pages in the world to describe what it did to me. The whole planet could be my inkstand and it still wouldn’t be enough.

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The Regime of National Repression

The Regime of National Repression

Orbán has named his reign the Regime of National Cooperation. This expression well defines the expectations towards anyone who wishes to survive in this environment: either you collaborate or you are declared an enemy of the state.

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Rather than vulnerably acquiescent to the drab…

Rather than vulnerably acquiescent to the drab…

In a characteristically passionate 1937 letter to a friend, the novelist Helen Anderson, Murray explains, “Hysteria is to me preferable to the pedantic oscillations of a void. I would rather be mad and bad, erratic and incomprehensible, than vulnerably acquiescent to the drab.”

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Julia Kristeva had been an agent of the First Chief Directorate…

Julia Kristeva had been an agent of the First Chief Directorate…

In Laurent Binet’s novel The Seventh Function of Language (2015), Julia Kristeva is cast as a spy for Bulgarian intelligence, responsible for the death of Roland Barthes.

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Poetry before the Fall by Ed Simon

Poetry before the Fall by Ed Simon

Spare a thought of pity for the person who has looked at the warmth of the sun and not seen him smiling, espied the mysteriousness of the moon without acknowledging her meditative melancholy, or been upon a raging ocean and not empathized with its mad fury.

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Real Friends #2 by Elias Tezapsidis and Anthony Strain

Real Friends #2 by Elias Tezapsidis and Anthony Strain

We were talking about fame as push/pull mechanism, I think? Sometimes waiting to be famous seems like waiting to be diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Charlie Mills: Rave as Ecology

Charlie Mills: Rave as Ecology

For the past five years or so I have watched this psychic extinction play out. Every weekend, thousands continue to cram into derelict warehouses, mildew archways and fetid cauldrons.

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Pound’s Ill Politics

Pound’s Ill Politics

In December 1945, Ezra Pound was committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. He was then 60 years old, internationally famous, and under indictment for treason against the United States.

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Extracted

Extracted

On a research trip to the Kamituga gold mine in her home province of South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), activist Marie-Rose Shakalili noticed something that’s often minimised in stories about mining in her country...

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Who Bathe Inside the Moons

Who Bathe Inside the Moons

In essays and interviews, Lorca made clear that his allegiance was not to Spain, or even to Granada, but to the Vega, the rich plain to the west of the city where his father farmed, the land nourished by the rivers Darro and Genil that flow down from the...

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