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Be Better Buzzfeeders

Be Better Buzzfeeders

Before the books arrived, Adam Gopnik, in an effort to be polite, almost contradicted the essential insight of his life.

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Elizabeth Currid-Halkett: Conspicuous Consumption Is Over

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett: Conspicuous Consumption Is Over

In the face of rising social inequality, both the rich and the middle classes own fancy TVs and nice handbags.

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Lital Khaikin: To Justify Land

Lital Khaikin: To Justify Land

by Lital Khaikin 1 – Introduction   *   This text is part of a series of texts called To Justify Land.   *    “…those who believe the land belongs to them cannot ever really understand” — Elder William Commanda   *   I  am  in  the  earth,  wind ...

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Thomas Hardy was both drawn to city life and repelled by it…

Thomas Hardy was both drawn to city life and repelled by it…

Ford makes the convincing claim that London turned Hardy into ‘a modern type’ (a tag the novelist bestowed on Clym Yeobright in The Return of the Native); in city life

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OK Computer was profoundly prog rock…

OK Computer was profoundly prog rock…

In April, 1971, Rolling Stone reviewed the début album by a band with a name better suited to a law firm: Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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‘Theresa May is a classic phony Brexiter’

‘Theresa May is a classic phony Brexiter’

As recently as late April, with the Labour Party in disarray and its leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn deemed unelectable, the polls were putting the Tories twenty points ahead and telling May that her coronation was inevitable.

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Justin E. H. Smith: The Search for Intelligent Life

Justin E. H. Smith: The Search for Intelligent Life

It is hard to read about SETI and more recent related projects looking for intelligent life in the stars without discerning in them certain silent presuppositions about what counts or should count as intelligent life on earth.

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Joseph Spece on Wonder Woman

Joseph Spece on Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2017 by Joseph Spece Reflections on Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman (2017). The lilt and lyric oilpaint technique used to illustrate Hippolyta’s tale of gods and men aspires to be Michelangelo, but succeeds more in being Rubens. And like a Rubens, Wonder Woman has superior...

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Henry David Thoreau: Walking

Henry David Thoreau: Walking

I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.

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Claire Provost: A ‘spiritual war’ for the ‘traditional family.’

Claire Provost: A ‘spiritual war’ for the ‘traditional family.’

In a darkened hall at the Budapest Congress Centre, an image of the classic American TV show, The Brady Bunch, appears illuminated on a giant screen.

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Gustav Wunderwald’s Weimar Berlin

Gustav Wunderwald’s Weimar Berlin

In spite of the wholesale destruction of the city during the Second World War, it is still possible to visit some of the streets that Wunderwald painted in the 1920s, and recognise the scenes he depicted.

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Ed Simon on Denis Johnson

Ed Simon on Denis Johnson

Sinners always make the greatest Christian writers. Last month we lost one of the greatest, who was also a self-declared “criminal hedonist.”

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Education in the Age of AI

Education in the Age of AI

There’s all this talk that robots will replace humans in the workplace, leaving us poor, redundant schmucks with nothing to do but embrace the glorious (yet terrifying) creative potential of opiates and ennui.

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The Ghastly Albion Hotel

The Ghastly Albion Hotel

Comedy is hardly the first thing one associates with Sebald’s work, partly because his reputation was quickly associated with the literature of the Holocaust

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Jane Austen would not have been rushed by the importunity of publishers…

Jane Austen would not have been rushed by the importunity of publishers…

It is probable that if Miss Cassandra Austen had had her way we should have had nothing of Jane Austen's except her novels.

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Must Be Mega

Must Be Mega

My daughter is ten. She doesn’t know about boys yet and she wants to be a star of some undetermined variety — an opera singer or actor maybe. She is beautiful in every way the word beautiful signifies itself, with brown skin that gets some red in it under the summer...

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Ivanka’s role is tempering a man who doesn’t work…

Ivanka’s role is tempering a man who doesn’t work…

President Trump reached out to President Duterte on the phone, requesting a visit.

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