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Imogen Cunningham reviewed in The Telegraph

Added on 26/10/2020

At 17, when most other girls her age in turn-of-the-century Seattle were sewing their trousseaus, Imogen Cunningham signed up to a correspondence course in photography. For $15, she got a 4x5in camera, a box of glass plates …

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Britain and Europe in a Troubled World featured in the Guardian

Added on 25/10/2020

In fewer than 100 days, Brexit will have been completed. Britain will be outside the European Union customs union and the internal market. But Brexit poses questions for the EU as well as for Britain.

 

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London’s New Scene reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 23/10/2020

The so-called long Sixties are held to have begun in 1954 with the end of rationing, and ended in 1973 with the OPEC crisis. Lisa Tickner, tightening her focus, has opted instead for a short 1960s, lopping off a year at each decadal end.

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A Rainbow Palate featured in Chichester Observer

Added on 23/10/2020

In A Rainbow Palate: How Chemical Dyes Changed the West’s Relationship with Food, Carolyn Cobbold, a Cambridge University research fellow, explains how the first laboratory-produced chemicals were introduced into food …

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Off the Walls featured in the Daily Mail

Added on 23/10/2020

When lockdown hit, Getty Images set a challenge to keep people entertained: recreate the artwork of great masters at home. People took up the mantle enthusiastically, as shown by this hilarious yet ingenious book which collates …

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Treasuring the Gaze featured in Apollo

Added on 22/10/2020

How do we keep people close when distance is not easily bridged, but an enforced reality? In the 18th and 19th centuries, figurative jewellery played a large part, as a symbolic representation of a faraway or lost loved one.

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At the Blue Monkey reviewed in the London Review of Books

Added on 22/10/2020

The avant-garde of the early 20th century had more than its fair share of clever rogues, and no one played the role with more self-conscious élan than Walter Serner, who compiled an aphoristic guide to succeeding as a con artist …

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Bernadette Mayer: Memory reviewed in the LRB

Added on 22/10/2020

In the spring of 1972, the poet Bernadette Mayer began to keep a journal for her analyst, David Rubinfine, whose patients included Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins, and who was notorious for having married another patient …

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Fake Heritage reviewed in Evening Standard

Added on 22/10/2020

Fakery has a bad image, conjuring up thoughts of art forgeries created to rip off unwary collectors and the horrors of fake news. But when it comes to heritage, the situation is more complex with many buildings or artefacts …

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An interview with Stella Dadzie in Black Women Radicals

Added on 21/10/2020

When thinking of revolutionary pioneers of the Black feminist radical tradition, Stella Dadzie is most certainly a name that must be included in this political canon. Dubbed as a “one of the grandmothers of Black feminism …

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An interview with Claire Cronin in Bomb

Added on 20/10/2020

Claire Cronin’s debut memoir, Blue Light of the Screen (…), has been my quarantine companion. While taking a social media break, instead of doom-scrolling in the middle of the night, I’d open Cronin’s collection of lyric essays …

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An interview with Wendy Liu in 48hills

Added on 20/10/2020

In her book, Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism, (…) Wendy Liu details how she went from a devotee of tech to a critic who wants to see it used for the public good.

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