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Pure Adulteration reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 24/04/2020

“Trusting food meant trusting people.” This truth, as well as many of the anxieties of America’s Gilded Age chronicled in Pure Adulteration: Cheating on nature in the age of manufactured food, resonates strongly in the 21st century.

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Set the Night on Fire reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 22/04/2020

To its profit and enduring loss, there is probably no city in human history that has been more promiscuously imagined than Los Angeles. For the better part of the century, most of the planet’s population …

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Alison Phipps’ Me, Not You reviewed in Tribune

Added on 20/04/2020

International Women’s Day of 2020 was a poignant intersection of struggles and paths. The collapse of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign to head the Democratic Party in the USA taught America that it will not get its woman president yet.

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From Victorian schmaltz to Sixties sex symbol: the crazy history of the daisy

Added on 20/04/2020

Does Bellis perennis, Robert Burns’s “wee, modest crimson-tipped” daisy, really need an introduction? Its adjectives are sweet, homely, unassuming, humble, meek and plebeian. The botanist Elizabeth Kent thought it “the robin …

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Christopher Wren reviewed in the TLS

Added on 10/04/2020

(…) Wren and his followers didn’t just have all the glories of Greece, Etruria and Rome to play with; they could also engage, after their fashion, with the architecture and urbanism of the Holy Land, Asia Minor, Armenia and medieval …

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Limited by Body Habitus reviewed in the TLS

Added on 10/04/2020

While many readers will be familiar with her [the author’s] argument that fat people are unfairly pathologized and held liable for their fatness, her father’s medical records (…) offer new and concrete examples of how discrimination …

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The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached reviewed in Classic Rock

Added on 08/04/2020

David Bowie once said: ‘‘I’ve never heard a Kinks song I didn’t like’’. But Doyle is less a fanboy, more inclined to trace the psychogeography of Ray Davies’s immaculate lyricism, drawing a ley line from Fortis Green to all things Carnabetian.

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Abolish Silicon Valley reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 07/04/2020

Her agenda is not only political. She thought of her work in Silicon Valley as “a stepladder to a higher plane of existence” – a cosmological undertaking, even a religious quest. In Einstein’s day, the pioneers of the new physics thought …

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How physics is rocked by the waves of history

Added on 06/04/2020

Physicists like to think their job is to uncover truths about nature. It is a profession that thrives on abstract thought and, often, an other-worldly detachment from reality. But with his essay collection Quantum Legacies, David Kaiser …

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Boston’s Apollo reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 06/04/2020

Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent, and exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, was meant to examine a contradiction of race and visibility. Its intended run, from 13 February to 17 May …

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Einstein on the Run reviewed in the TLS

Added on 06/04/2020

In 1933, as the Nazis consolidated their control of Germany, many brilliant scientists who had been working there fled to Britain. They included Fritz Haber, who had been a fervent nationalist during the First World War…

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In The Face of Death We Are Equal reviewed in the TLS

Added on 03/04/2020

Mainland China still has a problem with gay men and women. Though the Chinese Psychiatric Association stopped classifying homosexuality as a pathological condition in 2001, the gay community still has a very tough time of it …

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