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Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered featured in the Guardian

Added on 02/06/2019

One of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci has criticised Christie’s for wrongly suggesting in its cataloguing of the Salvator Mundi that she was among scholars who had attributed the picture to the Renaissance master.

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“A Robert Byron of the Left”? New Socialist interviews Owen Hatherley

Added on 31/05/2019

Owen Hatherley is the author of a remarkable number of excellent books on architecture, cities, and political aesthetics. His most recent, The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space is published by Repeater Books.

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Anna Katharina Schaffner considers cultural histories of fat & fat phobia

Added on 29/05/2019

In recent decades, the British population has grown in girth. The NHS England obesity report for 2017 found that 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of the men were overweight or obese, as well as one in five children aged three to four.

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We’ll Never Have Paris reviewed in the TLS

Added on 29/05/2019

Each year about a dozen Japanese visitors to Paris are repatriated after suffering from “Paris syndrome”. That is what some polite tourists suffer when they discover that Parisians can be rude or the city does not meet their expectations.

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Fully Automated Luxury Communism – a manifesto for the future

Added on 29/05/2019

“Under Fully Automated Luxury Communism,” writes Aaron Bastani in this short, dizzyingly confident book, luxury will pervade everything as society based on waged work becomes as much a relic as the feudal peasant …”

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And what of changing Siri Hustvedt’s mind?

Added on 25/05/2019

The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries Old Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick by Jessica Riskin explores the history of ideas about agency and its connection to mechanistic thought, nature as machine.

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The book that changed Emily Maitlis’ mind

Added on 25/05/2019

Back to Black by Kehinde Andrews has made me reassess my view of reparations for slavery. I used to think the idea of compensation seemed bizarre, undeliverable and risked reinforcing victimhood.

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Vasily Grossman & the Soviet Century reviewed in the Evening Standard

Added on 24/05/2019

Vasily Grossman, the Ukrainian journalist and writer, made his name as a war correspondent for the Soviet army newspaper Red Star. His dispatches from the Russian front line between 1941 and 1945 radiate a fierce moral candour.

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The creative ideas of a critical thinker: K-Punk reviewed in the TLS

Added on 21/05/2019

In January 2017 the celebrated theorist and cultural critic Mark Fisher took his own life. Despite publishing only two short volumes, he was regarded in certain circles as one of the leading voices on the left.

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The secret lingo that fooled Mary Whitehouse!

Added on 16/05/2019

Language is not only a means of general communication, oiling the social wheels. With codes, ciphers and passwords, it can form a secret, private dialect, the keys to its meaning made available only to those in the know.

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Vasily Grossman & the Soviet Century reviewed in the Sunday Times

Added on 12/05/2019

Vasily Grossman spent 100 days in Stalingrad during the most intense fighting of the siege. He was a war reporter for Red Star and had some reputation as a novelist but it was his reports from the city that made him a national hero.

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Ruby Ray: Kalifornia Kool featured in the Guardian

Added on 09/05/2019

Photographer Ruby Ray found herself at the epicentre of a movement in late-70s San Francisco and started to capture the bands, artists and writers who defined it. In this new book, her greatest shots have been assembled.

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