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The Heart’s Invisible Furies

John Boyne

Fantastic Fiction - Escapes to other places and other times

John Boyne ( was born in Dublin, where he still lives. His first short story was published by the Sunday Tribune and in 1993 was...

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The Blood of Emmett Till

Timothy B. Tyson

Past Present - American Civil Rights

At a tiny hamlet in the Mississippi Delta there stands Bryant’s Grocery. Here in August 1955, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago, Emmett Till, allegedly...

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Afterglow of Creation

Marcus Chown

Experimental Evidence - Cosmology

In the week which marked the death of Stephen Hawking on 14 March 2018, many people will be prompted to read one of his books or another on cosmology....

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Western Atheism

James A. Thrower

Egghead Choice - Philosophy - Atheism

Many people now find the old creeds unconvincing, and are increasingly turning to naturalistic explanations of their world. At significant moments in their...

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Too Much to Know

Ann Blair

Egghead Choice - Information Management

Some years ago, one began to hear people say ‘too much information’. Additionally one’s state of awareness on any matter was confined on a...

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Black Tudors

Miranda Kaufmann

Past Present - What's new in History

Many of us have watched costume dramas about the Tudor period. My favourite image is of Charles Laughton scoffing a whole chicken carcass in the 1933 film The...

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The Rules Do Not Apply

Ariel Levy

Lives Well Lived? - Memoir

Travelling for a story in Mongolia when five months pregnant, journalist Ariel Levy ( gave birth to her...

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Amy Goldstein

Egghead Choice - American society and economics

Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein ( spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where America’s oldest operating...

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Jane Austen’s Textual Lives

Kathryn Sutherland

Egghead Choice - Literary criticism

Jane Austen’s novels have never gone out of fashion, nor received anything less than high critical acclaim. Her work is familiar to millions who have...

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The Mystery of Existence

John Leslie and Robert Lawrence Kuhn (eds.)

Egghead Choice - Ontology

In the Philosophical Investigations (, Ludwig Wittgenstein writes that philosophical perplexities...

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