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Joseph Jebellis personal study of a disease that has reached epidemic proportions offers the latest research but not much hope The human animal derives its humanity from language and memory. What are we, without memory ? The short answer is: wild beasts. Memory gives us personality, emotional intelligence, family relations, and community. Memory anchors us […]

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The author of The God Of Small Things talks about political activism and why she fled India to finish her new book When The God Of Small Things, to rapturous acclaim. A semi-autobiographical tale of an Indian family fading into decline, fractured by tragedy and scandal, it won the Booker prize, sold more than 8m […]

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Chicagos new American Writers Museum has given the nation a fitting centre to celebrate the influence of its literature, and with Hemingways birthplace also in town, the city makes for a great literary trip Admirers of the great American novel have a treat in store, as the first museum devoted to US writers opened in […]

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We think we are escaping ourselves when we read literature, but we might be going deeper into our interior worlds through the therapy of reading The understanding that literature can comfort, console and heal has been around since the second millennium BC; it is no coincidence that Apollo was the god of medicine as well […]

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Imperial Courts is a LA housing project most Americans have only seen from a helicopter camera. But, over the course of two decades, photographer Dana Lixenberg chronicled its characters and everyday life When Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg first started her series Imperial Courts in 1993, on the Watts housing estate of the same name, the […]

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Absolutely Fabulous star says casting should be colour-blind but that Elba does not correspond to Ian Flemings description of the character Joanna Lumley has said that Idris Elba should not play the role of James Bond because he doesnt fit the description of the character in Ian Flemings original novels. The Absolutely Fabulous actor, who […]

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The influence of the Victorian journalists detailed, dispassionate descriptions of London lower-class life is clear right up to the present day The Victorians were fascinated by the world around them, perhaps because the marriage of imagination and technology seemed to make it, for the first time, so accessible. Empire and industry had created immense wonders […]

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Pulitzer-winning author David J Garrow, facing criticism from colleagues, says Obama is a changed man who has embraced celebrities and big money An American presidents ex-girlfriend who claims she was written out of history. A scathing review from the New York Times. And a literary feud with a rival biographer. Sheila Miyoshi Jager, a former […]

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