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Rave drug can help jaded couples find ecstasy again – The Times

Added on 01/02/2020

Couples who have lost their spark could benefit from marriage counselling under the influence of the rave drug Ecstasy, academics have said. Brian Earp and Julian Savulescu, believe that Ecstasy, or MDMA, might help save “grey marriages”.

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Strong, Sweet and Dry reviewed in the TLS

Added on 31/01/2020

The drinks announced in the subtitle of this book evoke the charms of the Old World, but have recently made a comeback among bartenders and mixologists. Epstein narrates their history while liberating them from the dusty drinks cabinet.

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Times Higher Education reviews the Getty’s Käthe Kollwitz

Added on 30/01/2020

What can the amount of buckling by a back express about the world of its bearer? How might oversized hands, merged with the woodgrain into which they are cut, articulate depression, economic and social?

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Calamity reviewed in the Sunday Times

Added on 26/01/2020

In the first weeks of 1896, posters went up in Chicago advertising the “Greatest of all Attractions”. “See This Famous Woman”, read the tag line, “and Hear Her Graphic Description of Her Daring Exploits!”

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Beautyscapes reviewed in the Times Literary supplement

Added on 24/01/2020

We’re all destined to grow old – with wrinkled skin, expanding waistlines, thinning hair. In a culture fervently committed to the makeover narrative, in which “after” must always improve on “before”, such changes can feel like a betrayal.

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Cartographic Humanism reviewed in Times Higher Education

Added on 24/01/2020

[Katharina N.] Piechocki is conceptually rigorous, she reads many languages and her research is impeccable. She is a careful critic but also a deeply imaginative historian. This is a contribution to the “darker side” of cartography …

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Book of Beasts reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 20/01/2020

Book of Beasts is exceptional in that it can be enjoyed as a sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book, but also constitutes a valuable point of reference, and springboard for future research, for professional medievalists and for academics …

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 20/01/2020

[In Richard J. King’s Ahab’s Rolling Sea] a rather schematic structure is combined with a genuinely gripping retelling of the tale. Ahab’s Rolling Sea could be used as a reference book, a zoological concordance to Moby-Dick.

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From Victims to Suspects reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 10/01/2020

In September 2001, ten days after the terrorist attacks, the BBC’s world affairs editor was preparing to sneak into Afghanistan. John Simpson and his cameraman were smuggled into Taliban territory with the simplest of guises.

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Why Liberalism Works extracted in The Economist

Added on 08/01/2020

Tyranny comes in many guises. Sometimes it is in the obvious form of dictators who act outside the law and terrorise people to perpetuate their rule. But in less odious and visible forms, it can refer to the ways that individuals may be oppressed…

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Why Liberalism Works reviewed in the Times

Added on 03/01/2020

In 1974 a motorist in New Hampshire decided that he objected to the state motto, “Live Free or Die”. So he taped it over his number plate. He was arrested and spent 15 days in jail. Live free? Not so much.

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Crossing the Rubicon reviewed in the Times

Added on 27/12/2019

Julius Caesar’s step of destiny in mid-January 49BC, the moment that triggered four years of civil war, the end of the Roman republic and a million political clichés, was not a sure-footed one. According to the colourful historian…

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