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Mike Sosteric (Athabascau): From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behavior. Timothy Hsiao (Grantham): Why Recreational Drug Use is Immoral. From The Disorder of Things, a symposium on Reordering the World: Essays on Liberalism and Empire by Duncan Bell. Beliefs about male superiority help explain why more gender-equal societies are more peaceful. “Resistance alone is not enough”: Andrea Peto on women’s rights and illiberal democracies. Why postmodernism

Paper Trail

The shortlist for the Wellcome book prize has been announced. Nominees include Ayòbámi Adébáyò’s Stay with Me, Kathryn Mannix’s With the End in Mind, and Sigrid Rausing’s Mayhem. The winner will be revealed next month. Les Payne, former Newsday editor and founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. Google is launching


Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

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The Sparsholt Affair

A fan of Alan Hollinghurst’s masterpiece The Line of Beauty has created a Twitter account, @lollinghurst, to document the many epigrams and sly jokes and thrillingly acute descriptions found throughout that novel. These “lines of beauty” don’t just serve to decorate the


Jenn Pelly

“The Raincoats were a group of women who were, in part, just learning to play their instruments, but their debut album also coincides with the start of a whole artistic sensibility, one of fearless and knowing amateurism,” Pitchfork contributing editor Jenn Pelly writes in her recent book about the origins of the Raincoats, part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 music writing series.


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Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.