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The room refrigerator had gained five…

The room refrigerator had gained five…

I don’t mean to complain, but the thrice-daily knock-on-the-door announcing the delivery of food was no longer welcome...

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Orwell’s Perfect Boozer

Orwell’s Perfect Boozer

My favourite public-house, the Moon Under Water, is only two minutes from a bus stop, but it is on a side-street...

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Susan Daitch on Natan Mendelson, Jef de Wulf and Mazarin

Susan Daitch on Natan Mendelson, Jef de Wulf and Mazarin

Where do you put that memory as you sit in a café in Dizengoff Street, when it taps you on the shoulder and asks if this seat is taken?

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Wonderful Schrebergartens

Wonderful Schrebergartens

Through the plague year, nature has been the only permitted escape: the parks, the hikes...

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God, Justice, Love, Beauty: Remembering Jean-Luc Nancy

God, Justice, Love, Beauty: Remembering Jean-Luc Nancy

For Nancy, democracy is not a given form of government, with a fixed meaning, but a term whose meaning is in contestation...

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Wit, Sarcasm, Satire

Wit, Sarcasm, Satire

The Dud Avocado follows the period young Sally Gorce chooses an expat existence in Paris over college...

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America’s Ecstasy of Sanctimony

America’s Ecstasy of Sanctimony

Tribalism is binary: the grey zone of subtlety, ambiguity, complexity and hesitation shrinks almost to nothing. Mistakes become crimes...

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London’s Top Tips

London’s Top Tips

Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen...

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Conservation of Conservation

Conservation of Conservation

The book runs the gamut of conservation techniques: specimen collection and field research, zoos and nature preserves, assisted colonization, and de-extinction via genetic rescue...

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A Spinozan Reading by Simon Calder

A Spinozan Reading by Simon Calder

Seventeenth-century Christian churches might have been better fortified against the challenges of modernity if they had embraced Spinozism...

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Chawles and the Cormorants by A. Conan Doyle, M.B., C.M.

Chawles and the Cormorants by A. Conan Doyle, M.B., C.M.

With these impedimenta carefully corded up in a strong deal box I felt myself equal to any photographic emergency...

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A Sound All of Its Own

A Sound All of Its Own

Blow Out contains premonitions galore about where conspiratorial thinking, and the technology that encourages it, ultimately leads us...

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Owen Flanagan thinks that metaphysics must be continuous with our best science…

Owen Flanagan thinks that metaphysics must be continuous with our best science…

This conception of meaning-seeking motivates his modern adaptation of Buddhism, his pluralistic ethics, and his cross-cultural approach...

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Consider Their Claw Walk

Consider Their Claw Walk

Aristotle was rarely puzzled, but even he had to admit that lobsters were weird...

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‘How fortunate we were to leave when we did’

‘How fortunate we were to leave when we did’

I was six years old when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Overnight, Kabul was transformed from a bustling city to a silent prison yard...

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Ludwig Wittgenstein arranges books

Ludwig Wittgenstein arranges books

The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know...

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