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Stuart Walton: Freud’s Life

Stuart Walton: Freud’s Life

The analytic approach to mental and emotional pathology has never quite shaken loose its origins in improvised postulation and ethereal supposition.

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Ki & Kin

Ki & Kin

If the tree is ki, what about the acorns? They agree that the acorns are kin, a whole family of little beings...

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Caroline Rothnie: Uncovering the Present

Caroline Rothnie: Uncovering the Present

I’ve looked towards the apocalypse to hide from my duty to the present, to all of us here living our small lives...

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Elisa Veini on Agnès Varda

Elisa Veini on Agnès Varda

“Aging for me is not a condition, but a subject,” said Agnès Varda in her Norton Lectures at Harvard University in February 2018, shortly before her 90th birthday...

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And Yet as Mortal

And Yet as Mortal

H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel The War of the Worlds has never lost its power to unsettle, but it has become peculiarly resonant with the arrival of Covid-19...

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Where’s Ultima Thule?

Where’s Ultima Thule?

To approach Smøla by boat is potentially treacherous—much of the island’s coastline is studded by thousands of rocky islets, some as small as huts, that jut from the sea like mini icebergs...

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Space Rubbish Collection

Space Rubbish Collection

As the debris spiralled downward, gathering speed, the Air Force was keeping a close watch, but small things in space can easily evade detection...

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This Blessed Plot

This Blessed Plot

It is scarcely surprising that Shakespeare’s powerful words and images – the precious stone set in the silver sea –would later be enlisted to boost morale and stir national pride...

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As Sea Embraces Sea

As Sea Embraces Sea

In the coastal villages of southern Kent, the breeze off the water is said to cause things to age quickly: iron to rust, brass to discolor, lichen to cover roofs like the scales of a lizard...

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A Dream Writing by Jeremy Fernando

A Dream Writing by Jeremy Fernando

A dream writing; an unreadable writing; perhaps an invisible writing; or maybe a writing that is awaiting reading. And where the effects of said writing are precisely its traces unveiling itself — waiting to be read...

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Worsteds to Woollens

Worsteds to Woollens

English textile workers focused on the production of cheap worsteds, a coarse light woollen cloth, which required very little or no fulling...

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Dadatage

Dadatage

Dada was not a stable concept that could be reinitiated untransformed, nor was montage a static category...

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Adam Staley Groves: Pondering My 2020 Vote

Adam Staley Groves: Pondering My 2020 Vote

I actively supported Obama in 2008. I voted for him and I still feel it was the right thing to do. But I did not vote for Obama in 2012, or for Clinton in 2016. Why did I not vote?

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Asked for French Toast

Asked for French Toast

My father, Seymour Robbins, “Sim,” grew up in his parents’ Jewish deli in Stamford, Connecticut. They cooked all their own meats; corned beef, pastrami, and tongue, and all the side dishes; kugels, knishes, and salads...

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Soaring Above the Skylark

Soaring Above the Skylark

At the summit stood a stone Shinto gate framed by chestnut trees. I climbed the worn stone steps to find an overgrown shrine filled with moss-coated sculptures—images of Buddhist deities and elderly sages in flowing robes...

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Serious Kailyarding

Serious Kailyarding

During its wildly popular late-nineteenth-century pomp, Kailyard literature (so-named for a cabbage patch) was characterized by sentimental depictions of rural Scottish folk in all their close-knit charm...

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The beds turned dark brown, springy; they lifted from the earth…

The beds turned dark brown, springy; they lifted from the earth…

My shovel hit the earth with a ka-chunk. My friend and I were digging trenches to lay down a line of asparagus. We didn’t get far...

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When was salt and snow first used to produce ice cream?

When was salt and snow first used to produce ice cream?

The earliest form of ice cream seems to have been produced a little before Della Porta started freezing wine...

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Lilith: On Love, Living and Meritocracy

Lilith: On Love, Living and Meritocracy

My father once said, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It is taken from Love Story, a 1970 movie based on the novel of the same name...

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