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La Fontaine’s Fable by Douglas Penick

La Fontaine’s Fable by Douglas Penick

It is the Donkey’s acceptance and internalisation of the judgement from on high that is so shockingly modern as it prefigures the mentality of victims in witch hunts, show trials, struggle sessions and other kinds of brain washing...

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Out of Sebald’s Sequence by Greg Gerke

Out of Sebald’s Sequence by Greg Gerke

It seems there are some writers who teach you how to write and there are others who teach you what to write about...

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Wine in Fascist Italy

Wine in Fascist Italy

Wine growers, merchants and industrialists worked feverishly to rehabilitate the beverage's downtrodden reputation...

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Infinite Edits

Infinite Edits

Michael Pietsch and David Foster Wallace’s collaboration on Infinite Jest highlights the intervenient role of the editor as the mediator between the author and the reader, or the author and the publisher...

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Joe Linker on Eli S. Evans

Joe Linker on Eli S. Evans

We find ourselves in New Hampshire, or Mexico, driving about, or at home, and writing and thinking ahead...

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Vaccinating Austria

Vaccinating Austria

Austria’s government has pointed the finger of blame firmly at the unvaccinated...

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‘At times, it feels as if the disability rights movement won’

‘At times, it feels as if the disability rights movement won’

Some protections have been eroded, usually in the name of budgetary constraints...

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Now to be Humorous

Now to be Humorous

I don’t catch Phillis Wheatley’s joke at first...

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Andre Gerard on Thomas Love Peacock

Andre Gerard on Thomas Love Peacock

Who knew that William Bankes was an amateur of Thomas Love Peacock! Perhaps I should have...

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Lakota Power

Lakota Power

Lakota power grew from the nation’s cultural adaptability, its people’s willingness - indeed, eagerness - to embrace change, and from its leaders’ political flexibility...

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Agent News

Agent News

I’d pounce on the British music newspapers, the NME and Melody Maker...

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Meta Narrative

Meta Narrative

Users conform ever more closely to one or a few of the narratives on offer, driven by powerful mimetic dynamics to converge on common thoughts, words, and actions...

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