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This is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain reviewed in Wired

Added on 01/10/2020

It is easy to forget, as we struggle on through an event that has so manifestly shattered the norms of our day-to-day lives, that a cloud of anxiety had descended over Britain long before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hollywood Arensberg reviewed in the Los Angeles Times

Added on 01/10/2020

A terrific new book from Getty Publications displays the nearly 1,000 works in the Arensbergs’ collection in a way we’ve never seen before: room by room, wall by wall, tabletop by tabletop. One revelation is that, surely …

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Dispatches of the Vanguard featured in the LA Review of Books

Added on 01/10/2020

Joe Biden is a seasoned politician and was a good vice president for Obama, but he is a white man. In order for this country to move forward, he must have a woman vice president and preferably a Black woman.

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A Kick in the Belly recommended in Red magazine

Added on 01/10/2020

Academic and activist Stella Dadzie has form with bringing stories of Black women to the fore. Her new book, A Kick In The Belly, is a narrative about enslaved women in the West Indies. It amplifies and honours the innovative ways …

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Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal reviewed in the Irish Times

Added on 26/09/2020

The Covid pandemic is directly linked to the environmentally reckless capitalist practices that are driving climate breakdown. These three crises facing humanity have common roots. Emergency responses to the pandemic presage …

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Ghosting on the Binary Body – Glitch Feminism extracted in Hunger

Added on 24/09/2020

The scaling of the economy of gender features most prominently across discussions surrounding “big data.” For example, every forty-eight hours online we as a global community generate as much information as was generated …

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The History of Cartography explored in the Learned Pig

Added on 22/09/2020

This year has seen the publication of the fourth volume of The History of Cartography, the first volume of which was published back in 1987. It is an extraordinary resource: over 1,700 pages long, with nearly a thousand full-colour illustrations …

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Foundations of Paleoecology reviewed in the Biologist

Added on 18/09/2020

Every scientist surely has their own favourite articles from the scientific literature. The paper that made them think about the world differently, to learn something unexpected, or to find out the answer to a question …

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Rick Poynor’s David King reviewed in magCulture

Added on 17/09/2020

Earlier this year I was offered the chance to read a near-final PDF of this new book about David King, in order to contribute a quote in support of it. Many of my generation of designers have waited so long for a book about King …

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The Hidden Mod in Modern Art reviewed on paulineboty.org

Added on 17/09/2020

In this groundbreaking book, leading art historian Thomas Crow argues that the figure of the Mod exerted an influence beyond its assumed social boundaries by exemplifying the postwar metropolis in all of its excitement and complexity.

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Long Live the Post Horn! reviewed in the New York Times

Added on 15/09/2020

Hjorth’s latest novel to appear in English, “Long Live the Post Horn!,” is a brilliant study of the mundane, full of unexpected detours and driving prose. It is also the best post office novel ever written, first published in 2013 …

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New Art Books for the New Season in Hyperallergic

Added on 12/09/2020

Once upon a time the American artist Dorothea Tanning would have been regarded as a lesser force than her husband Max Ernst. Not so now. Transformations is the fullest and most nuanced account of her trajectory as an artist to date.

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