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Adversarial culture rests on dubious ideas…

Adversarial culture rests on dubious ideas…

Philosophical discussions, whether in a professional setting or at the bar, frequently consist of calling out mistakes in whatever has been proposed: ‘This is all very well, but …’

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An Organic Marx?

An Organic Marx?

The effort to revive and recover critical theory and its intellectual precedents has become more difficult at a time in which ‘critique’ is regularly denounced as negative, skeptical and anthropocentric

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Got Curls

Got Curls

I grew up in the golden age of comics: the nineteen-forties, and most particularly, the five years immediately after the end of the Second World War. Comics were one of the main sources of entertainment for children then...

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Beer and Cider

Beer and Cider

There is no beverage which I have liked "to live with" more than beer; but I have never had a cellar large enough to accommodate much of it, or an establishment numerous enough...

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Ass as Raw Heart

Ass as Raw Heart

Over more than three decades and thirteen books of poems, Carl Phillips has been conducting an inquiry into intimacy, especially sexual intimacy...

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“How does one not write a depressing book about depression?”

“How does one not write a depressing book about depression?”

Mary Cregan’s debut work of nonfiction, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, is likely shelved in the bookshop’s memoir section.

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What I’M Eating

What I’M Eating

Hi. I am a popular novelist, and these are my thoughts about global warming. I grew up in a major East Coast city or perhaps some lesser, sadder place that I’ve built a relatively successful

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Not Enough Voters for Corbyn

Not Enough Voters for Corbyn

Before trying to examine the outcome of the 2019 general election, before any attempt to analyse the social complexities of the electorate that it reveals, it is important to understand three things.

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Ed Simon on Sean Bonney

Ed Simon on Sean Bonney

Prophets often die before their time, usually when the rest of us need their voices most. This was the fate of the English radical poet Sean Bonney, who died last November

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Protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act

Protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act

The BJP has long believed that its anti-Muslim project has two enemies: Muslims, and those non-Muslims who see Muslims as equal citizens under the constitution.

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Scurvy was the chief threat at sea…

Scurvy was the chief threat at sea…

A Still Life Of A Wanli Kraak Porcelain Bowl Of Citrus Fruit And Pomegranates On A Wooden Table, Jacob van Hulsdonck, 1608-1647 by Jonathan Lamb Serious medical interest in scurvy coincided with what Burke named the unrolling of the map of mankind, the so-called discovery of the land and...

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Eli S. Evans: Dec. 31st, 2019 – 11:59:59PM

Eli S. Evans: Dec. 31st, 2019 – 11:59:59PM

In 2019 I sold my first screenplay experienced the joy of childbirth...

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Do Trees Exist?

Do Trees Exist?

There are two very different essays I’ve been meaning to write, both of which equally merit the title of the present one. The one would address the special meaning of ‘existence’ as distinct from ‘being’...

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Driving Nepal

Driving Nepal

Underlying the concern about Nepal’s runaway road construction is the impact of opening up large, relatively unspoiled regions of the Himalayan nation to development.

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The American government has again proved an ally of Iran’s hardliners…

The American government has again proved an ally of Iran’s hardliners…

The storming of the American embassy in Baghdad, only a few months after the Aramco attack, was clearly important: other than personal criticism – or the prospect of impeachment

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Less Is Less

Less Is Less

Sonrisa Andersen’s childhood home was a mess. Her parents split when she was eight years old and she moved to Colorado Springs with her mother.

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In Conversation With Works of Science Fiction

In Conversation With Works of Science Fiction

Well, OK, do you want to ask, like, “How did my parents feel about me going into a creative field?” Is that what you’re working your way toward?

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Zeny May D. Recidoro On Éliane Radigue

Zeny May D. Recidoro On Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue’s three-part composition Trilogie de la Mort is a masterwork on passages through death and life, grief and rebirth. Subtle and potent, it is built upon the amplification of sounds that oscillate, spiral, hiss, recede and swell.

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‘What endures of Russell’s logic is of interest only in logic’

‘What endures of Russell’s logic is of interest only in logic’

In philosophical circles, there are two Bertrand Russells, only one of whom died 50 years ago.

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