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Cosmopolitan Dystopia featured in the Daily Mail

Added on 12/02/2020

In his new book Cosmopolitan Dystopia, Dr Philip Cunliffe argues that Slave markets, perpetual war and ethnic cleansing are happening in the Greater Middle East due to an obsession with human rights rather than traditional foreign policy

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Drugs may be able to fix our romantic lives when things go wrong

Added on 12/02/2020

If a pill could make you fall in love and transform your romantic relationships, would you take it? Or if a doctor was able to prescribe an anti-love drug to help a break-up go smoothly, would you urge your partner to make an appointment?

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Love is the Drug reviewed in the Observer

Added on 09/02/2020

For some time, it has been widespread medical practice to treat a range of psychological conditions, including depression and anxiety, with what might be called mind-altering drugs, namely selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

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The Spectator reviews Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

Added on 08/02/2020

‘This is the West, Sir,’ says a reporter in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. ‘When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.’ This is very much the advice that has applied to Calamity Jane over the years.

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The Force of Nonviolence reviewed in Times Higher Education

Added on 06/02/2020

Since she is perhaps the most influential and widely travelled feminist in the Western academy, there are few gender theorists who have not encountered Judith Butler. I certainly have, and I benefited greatly from her insights.

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Bill Brandt Henry Moore featured in the Yorkshire Post

Added on 02/02/2020

Stonehenge after a snow shower. With not a soul in sight, the stark silhouetted stones brood across a white-bleached field under a dramatic sky. It’s one of the most startling images in The Hepworth Wakefield’s forthcoming exhibition.

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Animation lends itself readily to propaganda

Added on 01/02/2020

Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian major-general blown up by the US over the New Year, will have seen himself arrested by Saudi troops in a computer-animated film of the ‘liberation’ of Iran from Ayatollah rule.

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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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