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Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

Why you should read: Karl Marx, A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx has been many things to many people. During the 20th century, amid the clamour of the Cold War era, perceptions about Marx split into two rival camps: supporters hailed him as a far-sighted prophet propelling state and society

Why you should read: Karl Marx, A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx has been many things to many people. During the 20th century, amid the clamour of the Cold War era, perceptions about Marx split into two rival camps: supporters hailed him as a far-sighted prophet propelling state and society

Why you should read: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sitting with a cup of coffee and some Major cigarettes, freshly arrived from Ireland via my parents’ duty-free allowance, on a bright, unhot, August morning in 2015, 60 miles east of Manhattan, on Long Island. I was all-set to begin

Why you should read: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sitting with a cup of coffee and some Major cigarettes, freshly arrived from Ireland via my parents’ duty-free allowance, on a bright, unhot, August morning in 2015, 60 miles east of Manhattan, on Long Island. I was all-set to begin

The Transformation of the World

The 19th century, or indeed any span of time, does not neatly correspond to a tangible experience in the way that a day or a year does. Rather, the century, 1801-1900, is a creature of the calendar, a convenient, but

The Transformation of the World

The 19th century, or indeed any span of time, does not neatly correspond to a tangible experience in the way that a day or a year does. Rather, the century, 1801-1900, is a creature of the calendar, a convenient, but

Feature: Behind the Green Door

In the foreword to the 40th anniversary edition of Ernest Callenbach’s now famous novel Ecotopia (1975), the mother of all contemporary environmental utopian novels, Malcolm Margolin offers an attempt to pin down the novel’s strange enduring appeal. Margolin suggests that

Feature: Behind the Green Door

In the foreword to the 40th anniversary edition of Ernest Callenbach’s now famous novel Ecotopia (1975), the mother of all contemporary environmental utopian novels, Malcolm Margolin offers an attempt to pin down the novel’s strange enduring appeal. Margolin suggests that

Feature: Teach me tonight…

One thing isn’t very clear, my love Should the teacher stand so near, my love? — Dinah Washington   Every so often — and with seemingly increasing regularity — our news feeds are inundated with what can be loosely termed

Feature: Teach me tonight…

One thing isn’t very clear, my love Should the teacher stand so near, my love? — Dinah Washington   Every so often — and with seemingly increasing regularity — our news feeds are inundated with what can be loosely termed

Why you should read: Adam Tooze’s The Deluge

The Habsburg Empire’s declaration of war on Serbia on 28 July 1914 was its last independent political act. Four years later, and after seven centuries as a permanent fixture of the European political order, the tottering Habsburg Empire would finally

Why you should read: Adam Tooze’s The Deluge

The Habsburg Empire’s declaration of war on Serbia on 28 July 1914 was its last independent political act. Four years later, and after seven centuries as a permanent fixture of the European political order, the tottering Habsburg Empire would finally