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Russell Bennetts and Legacy Russell, Glitch Feminism

Russell Bennetts and Legacy Russell, Glitch Feminism

Glitch Feminism is about modes of experimentation beginning online before entering the world. The house of gender needs to be dismantled...

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Lisa Marie Basile on Instagram Poets

Lisa Marie Basile on Instagram Poets

It was 2000. We were very, very poor, living in Elizabeth, NJ, and life was very much by-the-paycheck. Bear with me here; we're going to talk sob-story and then move onto the bigger picture.

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Hannah Pezzack on Amanda Lee Koe

Hannah Pezzack on Amanda Lee Koe

Instead of documenting Singaporean sub/culture in a derivative way, Koe’s stories focus on the mediation of identity, space and time.

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Scott Manley Hadley on Peter Stamm

Scott Manley Hadley on Peter Stamm

To The Back of Beyond is a beguiling novel with what initially appears to be a simple split-narrative structure. Thomas is a man of about 40 who walks out..

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Andrew Epstein on John Ashbery

Andrew Epstein on John Ashbery

This past Sunday, September 3, brought the very sad news that John Ashbery had passed away at the age of 90. Ashbery has long been regarded as the greatest and most influential living American poet.

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Invited to the Best Parties

Invited to the Best Parties

We all know that a book can change the shape of history. Think The Communist Manifesto and Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, not to mention the Bible and the Koran. But a book review? How much influence could a book review possibly have?

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‘Third Culture Kids have yet another filter to their perspective’

‘Third Culture Kids have yet another filter to their perspective’

It was a startling thing to me to realize that the African Americans in my college were so different from the Nigerians I had grown up with.

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Jessica Sequeira on Mara Pastor

Jessica Sequeira on Mara Pastor

As a poetic symbol, the scar might seem to be hopelessly banal and overwrought. For Mara Pastor, the scar is not just a symbol for romantic pain...

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Joe Linker: The Body of Christ and Body Politic

Joe Linker: The Body of Christ and Body Politic

He argues that religion is politics. To ignore talking about either is to miss the point in a vapid exercise of politeness. But to talk about politics and religion in a qualified academic argument is not to rant and rave.

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“Croatian spin doctors used an age-old pattern”

“Croatian spin doctors used an age-old pattern”

Ethnic labelling is not only incorrect, but simplifies things completely. I have lived in the Netherlands for almost twenty years, and I have a Dutch passport and a fierce loyalty to this society that has left me in peace to do what I know best; write.

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Mars Is Heaven

Mars Is Heaven

At the end of February 2012, I was sitting in a bar in the Chicago Hilton, discussing Ray Bradbury.

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Commerce, Religion and Sex

Commerce, Religion and Sex

The friendship between Shahane and Kolatkar began in the late 1950s, in Pune. Shahane had gone to Pune for college, but formal education was not for him.

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VAVOOM

VAVOOM

Like many people, I discovered Raymond Pettibon’s artwork through his ink drawings that were used on a few SST Records album covers, most notably Black Flag’s Slip It In, which my neighbor had somehow procured in 1984.

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That Group Selfie Moment

That Group Selfie Moment

Earlier this summer, I saw a photo on a lifestyle blog of three women by a pool, drinking rosé. They are taking a group selfie — one woman’s arm is extended, holding a black iPhone

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Fur, Pleated

Fur, Pleated

“My own autobiography has never interested me very much,” John Ashbery once told an interviewer. “Whenever I try to think about it, I seem to draw a complete blank.”

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Plath’s (Blessed, Excellent) Doctors

Plath’s (Blessed, Excellent) Doctors

When Plath moved from Devon back to London in the late autumn, one of the things that seemed to thrill her most was the easy access to medical care.

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Was Virgil commissioned by Augustus to write the Aeneid?

Was Virgil commissioned by Augustus to write the Aeneid?

The tactic of alluding to an idealised point in the past, embodying all of a country’s best values, while glossing over times of hardship, is nothing new. In fact it’s as old as the hills, and at least as old as the seven hills of Ancient Rome.

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Virginia Woolf on Daniel Defoe

Virginia Woolf on Daniel Defoe

One way of approaching Robinson Crusoe is through the development of the novel; but another immediately suggests itself--through the life of the author.

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Andre Gerard: A Meredithian Reading of To the Lighthouse

Andre Gerard: A Meredithian Reading of To the Lighthouse

George Meredith as caricatured by Max Beerbohm in Vanity Fair, September 1896 by Andre Gerard I hope that, like me, you enjoy reading other people’s letters, as this essay depends heavily on personal correspondence. By means of letters I want to make a case that the conception of Mr....

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Michael Hoak: My Yard/My Life

Michael Hoak: My Yard/My Life

Yard work is never ending. We have a lot of concrete in our back yard, it’s cracked and uneven and we always trip on it. I hate it. Yesterday I dug up concrete with a big sledge hammer and a pry bar.

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