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Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
London mudlark | Aeon
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Archaeology

From Roman pots to glass eyes, the shore of the river Thames teems with surprises

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Enter the conductrice | Aeon
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Music

Enter the conductrice

Will a new generation of women on the podium perpetuate the tyrannical charisma of their male predecessors or overturn it?

Xenia Hanusiak

Connecting the human body to the outside world | Aeon
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Biotechnology

What it’s like to wear a prosthetic that ‘feels’

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Deerwoods deathtrap | Aeon
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Family life

Fifty years ago, a train collided with Jack and Betty’s car. Here’s how they remember it

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Chemical somnia | Aeon
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Chemistry

A square inch in a Petri dish becomes a grand stage for chemical transformations

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The immediate present | Aeon
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Art

At 95, an artist paints swiftly to capture the fugitive light

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How to get better at video games (according to babies) | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Teaching an AI to beat video games still takes human imagination

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Our contaminated future | Aeon
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The environment

Our contaminated future

In Fukushima, communities are adapting to life in a time of permanent pollution: a glimpse of what’s to come for us all

Maxime Polleri

Violator | Aeon
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Virtues and vices

From violent criminal to loving parent – a son’s story of his father’s transformation

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Home and the birdsong | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

Home and the birdsong

In the dark, sylvan villages of medieval England, people named places after the birds that filled the night with music

Michael J Warren

The pharaoh’s trumpet | Aeon
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Archaeology

The pharaoh’s trumpet

The truly wondrous treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb are not made of gold. They are the mundane things of everyday life

Toby Wilkinson

Great art explained: Edward Hopper and cinema | Aeon
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Art

Edward Hopper came of age with cinema. As an artist, he left a lasting mark on it

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The temple of knowledge | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

Ronald grew up in a New York City library. It was as strange and wondrous as it sounds

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The honesty of pornography | Aeon
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Stories and literature

The honesty of pornography

Often vilified as a weapon of male supremacy, pornography in fact has much to tell us about ourselves and our culture

Kathleen Lubey

Wanderlust of the ancients | Aeon
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The ancient world

Wanderlust of the ancients

The Roman Empire enabled an early version of globalisation that offered travellers adventure, novelty and opportunity

Fabio Fernandes

Small hours | Aeon
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Subcultures

The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat

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Was Colin Wilson a fascist? | Aeon
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Stories and literature

Was Colin Wilson a fascist?

For thousands of fans, he made philosophy thrillingly relevant. Yet there is a deep unsavoury undercurrent to his worldview

Jules Evans

Obon | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left

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Cast out with love | Aeon
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Design and fashion

From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors

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Emory Douglas: the art of the Black Panthers | Aeon
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Art

The revolutionary artist who propelled the Black Panther movement with imagery

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Keeping the score | Aeon
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Anthropology

Keeping the score

The gifts we exchange are both generous and yet fraught with social rules and obligations. Marcel Mauss explained why

Gili Kliger

The invention of free love | Aeon
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History of ideas

The invention of free love

Percy Shelley thought romantic love freed men and women from the strictures of monogamy, but did it free them equally?

Neil McArthur

Ida western exile | Aeon
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Technology and the self

One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West

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What does art do? | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

What does art do?

Good art, laced with irony, ambiguity and suspense, is not obviously political. That’s what makes it politically interesting

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