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Jay Aquinas Thompson: Re-Reading Jose Perez Beduya

Jay Aquinas Thompson: Re-Reading Jose Perez Beduya

The five-year-old poetry book can be a lonely thing. After a hoped-for hothouse blossoming of critical conversation dies down and the book is no longer taught...

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Candidates

Candidates

In accessible and engaging prose, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick chronicles the political careers of three women who attempted to ascend to the American presidency.

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Some Degree of Voting

Some Degree of Voting

On 21 June 1908, half a million people gathered in Hyde Park to celebrate “Women’s Sunday”. There were 30 brass bands, bugles and 20 platforms...

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‘Tea began our mornings and punctuated long afternoons’

‘Tea began our mornings and punctuated long afternoons’

At the studio, along with a box of tea bags and a bag of powdered milk, the cheaply made kettle assumed its place on my vast stone counter.

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Ed Simon: When Books Read You

Ed Simon: When Books Read You

Towards the end of 1642, or possible the beginning of 1643, but either way in the midst of a miserable winter of civil war, King Charles I found himself an often uncomfortable refugee...

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‘Poetry is its own not following’

‘Poetry is its own not following’

Before poetry got me a job, it intellectually and spiritually changed my world. Poetry introduced me to the person I have a child with and to my best friends...

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Craft beer and cucumber water pours from kitchen taps…

Craft beer and cucumber water pours from kitchen taps…

In march 2017, the New York City–based editors and writers of The Atlantic moved to a WeWork office in Brooklyn. I remember our first morning vividly...

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Alt-Reaction

Alt-Reaction

The socialist left were once the champions of science and reason, of the rationally planned society directed towards meeting the material needs of humanity.

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By its very definition, Instapoetry has no time…

By its very definition, Instapoetry has no time…

Instagram was developed out of a project titled “Send the Sunshine” at Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab...

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The Literature of Cold by Eric D. Lehman

The Literature of Cold by Eric D. Lehman

Many years ago, influenced and inspired by several years of reading Arctic and Antarctic literature, I took a January hike in the northern mountains.

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The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia by Virginia Woolf

The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia by Virginia Woolf

If it is true that there are books written to escape from the present moment, and its meanness and its sordidity...

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2 Cups Tea

2 Cups Tea

Poet Joanne Kyger died last year on March 22 at the age of 82, leaving behind a long list of published and unpublished books...

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Sean Cashbaugh: Left Nostalgia

Sean Cashbaugh: Left Nostalgia

Marxists in the United States and Europe often claim it is easier for people to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.

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M. Munro on Messianism as Method

M. Munro on Messianism as Method

“World history is not the place for happiness,” Hegel writes. “Periods of happiness are empty pages (leere Blätter) in history.”

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Memories of Hong Kong Beaches

Memories of Hong Kong Beaches

Chang was awarded a Taiwanese literary prize recognising a lifetime of work. She came to attention in China and Taiwan in the 1940s. She was in her early twenties and had begun publishing the bitter love stories and witty, erudite essays for which she’s now famous.

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Real Friends #1 by Elias Tezapsidis and Anthony Strain

Real Friends #1 by Elias Tezapsidis and Anthony Strain

This is the first in a monthly series of conversations between two writers attempting to also be friends! Hilariously, this sort of exchange is the sort of thing they derided seeing online a few years ago, but oh well, 2018!

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Milk and Money

Milk and Money

In October 2016 The Bookseller reported the highest-ever annual sales of poetry books, ‘both in volume and value’.

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Making and Selling Sandwiches

Making and Selling Sandwiches

A young economics graduate named Roger Whiteside was in charge of the M&S sandwich department by then. As a young buyer...

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