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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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Great art explained: Rothko’s Seagram Murals | Aeon
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Art

Can art in a swanky restaurant ever be transcendent? On Rothko’s Seagram Murals

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Ed and Pauline | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

At the movies with Pauline Kael – in the arthouse cinema where she got her start

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Nadia’s songs | Aeon
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Music

Nick ponders the life of the mysterious girl whose used CDs shaped his teenage years

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Nature does not care | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

Nature does not care

Too many nature writers descend into poetic self-absorption instead of the sharp-eyed realism the natural world deserves

Richard Smyth

My God, it’s full of stars | Aeon
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Knowledge

A poet’s ode to the Hubble Telescope – and to her father, who helped to build it

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The Black cop: a villain, a victim and a hero | Aeon
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Gender and identity

What happened when a gay Black man joined the Metropolitan Police in London

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Inside ambiguity | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Inside ambiguity

We are suspended between the inescapable facts of our lives and what we do to contest them, nowhere more than in prison

Andy West

Nefertiti’s bust | Aeon
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Archaeology

Nefertiti’s bust

How did this ancient and enigmatic sculpture of a beautiful Egyptian queen end up as fortune’s hostage in Germany?

Joyce Tyldesley

The king of fish and chips | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Meet Haddon Salt – the would-have-been Colonel Sanders of fish and chips

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Bill Blaine: a walk around the house | Aeon
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Art

An ageing artist’s unguarded thoughts on what it takes to be great – and why he lacks it

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Idealising the predator | Aeon
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Sex and sexuality

Idealising the predator

How did certain French intellectuals get away with preying upon young girls, shamelessly, in public and over decades?

Lily Dunn

The other Fab Four | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Meet the Liverbirds! The bittersweet tale of Liverpool’s all-female answer to the Beatles

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Thanadoula | Aeon
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Ageing and death

How an end-of-life doula found her vocation as a companion for the dying

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The great world of Gregory Blackstock | Aeon
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Art

How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations

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Maestro of more than music | Aeon
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Music

Maestro of more than music

Look beneath the surface of Bach’s music and you will find a fascinating hidden world of numerology and cunning craft

Milton Mermikides

A family that steals dogs | Aeon
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Family life

An artist grapples with the loss of his brother, and the problem of canine abduction

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Where the rivers meet | Aeon
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Spirituality

Where the rivers meet

Pilgrims have long sought in India’s holiest city an antidote to the modern West, but Varanasi is more dream than reality

Manini Sheker

The queen of basketball | Aeon
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Sports and games

You’ve likely never heard of the only woman drafted into the NBA – and that’s fine by her

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Literary prostitutes | Aeon
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Stories and literature

Literary prostitutes

I self-published erotica to make ends meet. Could I follow in Anaïs Nin’s footsteps or was I doomed to churn out filth?

Sam Mills

Ladies and gentlemen… Mr Leonard Cohen | Aeon
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Stories and literature

A trip to Montreal with Leonard Cohen in 1965 is a glimpse into a singular poetic mind

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Vive Madame Roland! | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Vive Madame Roland!

She was a French revolutionary and a politician’s wife. But Manon Roland should be remembered for her philosophical writings

Sandrine Bergès

Not only the stranger | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Not only the stranger

Growing up in the shadow of a serial killer I came to understand that danger within a locked house might exceed that without

Alicia Foster

To the core | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

To the core

A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest self. A work of art can do the same

Julia F Christensen