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Oscar Mardell: Brutal Cure

Oscar Mardell: Brutal Cure

New Zealand has an innovative legacy of concrete construction dating back to the 1850s...

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Understudied Dimensions of Japan’s Imperial Project

Understudied Dimensions of Japan’s Imperial Project

Although it continued to live on in the memories of its former victims or enemies, in Japan itself memories of empire were excised from the public imagination through selective commemoration and emphasis on the victimhood of ordinary people...

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Pine

Pine

Well I grew up in the New Zealand of country pubs and sheep and macrocarpas; and beyond it, we were told, was a planet structured around the British Empire turning into the Commonwealth turning into... something else...

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Douglas Penick on Su Shi and Beeple

Douglas Penick on Su Shi and Beeple

Su Shi’s work speaks beyond time and place and returns us to our shared life, our shared uncertainty, our shared search...

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L.M. Montgomery’s Journals

L.M. Montgomery’s Journals

Through all those years of journal entries, Lucy Maud Montgomery was always intelligent, often funny and never boring. I wanted to know what she’d say next...

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Marian Janssen on Carolyn Kizer

Marian Janssen on Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer, feminist poet and founding editor of Poetry Northwest, became the first Program Director for Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966...

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Asian American Buddhism: Nancy Chu Interviews Chenxing Han

Asian American Buddhism: Nancy Chu Interviews Chenxing Han

May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors ended with the Buddhist leaders processing in pairs out of the temple while holding one of two long white threads emanating from the Buddha statue on the altar...

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Rachel Howard: If Reborn, then Snail

Rachel Howard: If Reborn, then Snail

If rebirth does actually happen, I will be reborn as an amoeba or a snail...

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Ethical Capitalism in the 19th Century

Ethical Capitalism in the 19th Century

By narrowly defining slavery as limited to the U.S. South and the West Indies, ethical capitalists were able to argue that ‘nothing was a bad as white-owned plantation slavery, and therefore everything else could be described as ethical capitalism’...

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Northern Kazakhstan’s City Poplars

Northern Kazakhstan’s City Poplars

In places such as Northern Kazakhstan where there are not that many deciduous trees, poplars quickly took over the environmental imagination of the locals...

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Can Norway preserve Longyearbyen?

Can Norway preserve Longyearbyen?

What was once an isolated, stable society cloaked in semipermanent darkness has been thrust to the forefront of Arctic change by rapid warming and the interests that warming precipitates...

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Wee Beleeve

Wee Beleeve

Atlantic news in the 1650s and its coverage of war and empire often underscored the impact of temporal and geographical distance...

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Energetic Architecture

Energetic Architecture

Consider the Georgian terrace, now a widely admired model of traditional city-building. Its most important material was not those of which it was ostensibly made, but coal...

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Consequentialist and Deontological

Consequentialist and Deontological

To evaluate states of affairs we use the concepts of good and bad, better and worse. To evaluate actions we use in addition the concepts of right and wrong...

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Completely Claqueurs

Completely Claqueurs

Many people have claimed that the art of the claque was purely manual: what a paradox! Might as well say that the art of war is only the art of making sword-thrusts...

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Raiders!

Raiders!

The evolution of mass raids from group raids happened tens of millions of years ago...

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Where No Man Has Sat for Hours and Hours Before

Where No Man Has Sat for Hours and Hours Before

The Starship cabin is not ultimately intended for trips “under an hour,” but in fact for journeys of multiple months...

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Orwell: Toads

Orwell: Toads

Before the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion...

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Thucydides and International Law

Thucydides and International Law

The ancient Greek world did not have an understanding of what is now understood by international law, but there were unwritten norms regarding warfare...

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