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Friendship in Fiction

Friendship in Fiction

In philosophical treatments of friendship, it can often be elevated to the highest form of human relationships, even if its perfect form is rare...

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All Tied

All Tied

Men’s neckties provide rich fodder for topic matter. The tie is a remarkable piece of nothing...

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Jai Chakrabarti on Janusz Korczak

Jai Chakrabarti on Janusz Korczak

Korczak lived an extraordinary life through the worst of times. He was an educator and ran an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto...

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George Orwell on bookshops

George Orwell on bookshops

When I worked in a second-hand bookshop the thing that chiefly struck me was the rarity of really bookish people...

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The Misfits Drama by Medha Singh

The Misfits Drama by Medha Singh

The Misfits carries in itself the nature of an allegorical tale that throws itself deep into the thick of postmodern demands...

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Inhabiting Weil’s Philosophy by Aishwarya Iyer

Inhabiting Weil’s Philosophy by Aishwarya Iyer

Everything which is impersonal in man is sacred, and nothing else...

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There’s no digital afterlife…

There’s no digital afterlife…

That thing? It’s just a monster living in Microsoft’s basement. And it’s wearing someone’s face...

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Hannes Schumacher: Now, Apocalypse

Hannes Schumacher: Now, Apocalypse

To say that the apocalypse is both utopian and dystopian is neither left nor right but baldly realist; it is to prolong the ultimate decision into all eternity...

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Thomas Travisano on Elizabeth Bishop

Thomas Travisano on Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop explored Brazil extensively, making trips down the Amazon, traversing the tropical rainforest with Aldous Huxley...

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M. Munro: Autofiction

M. Munro: Autofiction

Recalling how Kafka’s tale ends, with the gatekeeper closing the door of the Law as the protagonist expires, roaring in his ear that all along it was meant for him alone...

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Douglas Penick: archie period

Douglas Penick: archie period

thank you for apple peelings in the wastepaper basket...

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Mix-Oh-My-Seat

Mix-Oh-My-Seat

Like fungi, myxomycetes begin their lives as spores, but when a myxomycete spore germinates and cracks open, a microscopic amoeba slithers out...

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Venice to Your Friend

Venice to Your Friend

Venice played an important role in Morris’s transition...

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Know Sweat

Know Sweat

During the 1800s, Western culture morphed its distaste for olfaction into a belief that the human sense of smell was mediocre and superfluous...

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