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Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

There are two competing perspectives about the cause of the opioid explosion, and they lead to different policy prescriptions...

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‘Life in Translation’ by Anthony Ferner

‘Life in Translation’ by Anthony Ferner

I first met Julia Pinto Hughes in Lima in the mid-eighties, when we were both doing the postgraduate programme in literary translation at the Institute...

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Racter Writing

Racter Writing

by Leah Henrickson Introduction In 1984, a curious book was released: The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed. With its bright red cover and substantial size (22.6 x 20.3 x 1.5 centimetres), it stood out on any shelf. What was more striking, however, was the front cover’s claim that the book...

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Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook heralded the new era…

Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook heralded the new era…

Women writers have often used a style of domestic realism – reflecting the family homes in which they have laboured and nurtured. But in the 1970s and 80s they also took up science fiction, fantasy or historical fiction to explore gender relations on an epic scale...

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Virginia Woolf on D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf on D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers emerged with astonishing vividness, like an island from off which the mist has suddenly lifted...

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Bee Yourself

Bee Yourself

Our culture is saturated with authenticity: we’re forever ‘finding ourselves’, ‘self-actualising’, ‘doing you’, ‘being real’, ‘going off the beaten path’, ‘breaking free of the crowd’...

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Postwar Migration and Black British Theatre

Postwar Migration and Black British Theatre

Over the next decade, a growing community of black theatre practitioners emerged in Britain...

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Donald MacKenzie: Trading, Faster

Donald MacKenzie: Trading, Faster

Winning or losing the trading race can be a matter of nanoseconds...

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Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

The trajectory of literature is intertwined with and also strains against the career of God...

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Kenkō’s Idle Hours

Kenkō’s Idle Hours

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations—such is a pleasure beyond compare...

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‘Great Village’ and ‘Leftovers’ by John Smith

‘Great Village’ and ‘Leftovers’ by John Smith

One day I will be nothing but what I've left behind: a roomful of poetry books boxed for yard sale or library donation...

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Medha Singh on J.M. Coetzee

Medha Singh on J.M. Coetzee

The postcolonial school may have claimed Coetzee, yet his attempt at a satirical sort of self canonisation actively resists any and all approaches to his writing within a single framework...

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A Tribute to Uchrony by Paul Vacca

A Tribute to Uchrony by Paul Vacca

Nothing prevents us from using uchrony to look to the future...

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Douglas Penick: At Ease Together

Douglas Penick: At Ease Together

Awareness joins inner and outer, near and far. It can also be referred to as compassion...

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Her Majesty’s Inspector of Explosives and the Dynamite Rascals

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Explosives and the Dynamite Rascals

It was an “infernal machine” comprised of a clock, a pistol trigger mechanism, moving cogs and bars of a soft, chemical-smelling material...

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Isha Badoniya on Erik Hoel

Isha Badoniya on Erik Hoel

The neuroscientist vows not to ruin his new beginnings as he re-enters academic life...

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Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto needed no more than the outlines of the figures—no more than their idea—for them to come to life...

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From ‘At the Grave of Teilhard de Chardin’ by Daniel Tobin

From ‘At the Grave of Teilhard de Chardin’ by Daniel Tobin

Inside the great mirroring eye of my Heavenly Lake I regard the wide ocean of my sky reaching out along the glacial massifs and crystal heights of me...

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‘Takings’, ‘Bottom Line’ and ‘In Vino Veritas’ by Sanjeev Sethi

‘Takings’, ‘Bottom Line’ and ‘In Vino Veritas’ by Sanjeev Sethi

Patterns assert themselves on the crust of our curves...

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Our Whispering Hour by Jessica Sequeira

Our Whispering Hour by Jessica Sequeira

We will only take as many fish as can fit into this basket. We must only use what the tree gives us...

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