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Culture

Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
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Technology and the self

A ‘virtual outing’ on Google Maps reveals a treasured image from Diego’s past

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Nature and landscape

What it’s like to care for Yellowstone during its quietest – and coldest – months

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Thinkers and theories

On knowing who he was

Alan Watts, for all his faults, was a wildly imaginative and provocative thinker who reimagined religion in a secular age

Christopher Harding

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Biography and memoir

As her world unravels, Pilar wonders at the ‘sacred geometry’ that gives it structure

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Stories and literature

Saved by Infinite Jest

Bereft and suicidal, I lay on my sofa. Only David Foster Wallace’s novel kept me tethered to life, and still does

Mala Chatterjee

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Biography and memoir

A gentle soul in an oppressive land – Bonnie’s story of life in America

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A woman sits alone in a Parisian cafe with a glass of wine, while the neighbouring tables are full of socialising groups
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Love and friendship

Loved, yet lonely

You might have the unconditional love of family and friends and yet feel deep loneliness. Can philosophy explain why?

Kaitlyn Creasy

A flock of birds fly over a wide expanse of marshland and a river at dusk.
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Biography and memoir

Flat places

Whenever I stand in a flat landscape, I feel myself becoming weightless, taken out of my childhood full of painful nothing

Noreen Masud

A close up picture of hands playing a silver brass flute with a shallow depth of field such that the foreground fingers and keys are more in focus
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Music

To the tune of dystonia

One day, my hand stopped speaking to my brain. As a doctor and flute player, I had to understand this strange affliction

Lynn Hallarman

Rubens painting Venus and Cupid reimagined with Venus on the left gazing in a mirror at her mastectomized breast. A cherub like Cupid to the right holds the mirror
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Illness and disease

More than pink

The culture around breast cancer is full of positivity and femininity. But it comes at the expense of the marginalised

Philippa Hetherington

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War and peace

Chorus of testimony

Anne Frank’s diary is one of thousands of desperate, secret and vivid journals each bearing witness to the reality of war

Nina Siegal

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Biography and memoir

The busboy who comforted Robert F Kennedy as he lay dying shares his story

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Biography and memoir

A young autistic man’s heartfelt letter to the beloved mother he lost

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Family life

The extraordinary story of a Black Holocaust survivor, as told by his daughter

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Stories and literature

The diaries of Kafka

By day an insurance official, by night he was an incessant, insomniacal scribe of the space between waking and dreaming

Ross Benjamin

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Thinkers and theories

A philosophy of secrets

Jacques Derrida was fascinated by the figure of the Marrano Jew, whose identity could barely be told even to themselves

Peter Salmon

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Family life

In Rwanda, Sébastien finds traces of personal history in the wake of national tragedy

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Wellbeing

Through a poetic account of childhood trauma, one woman reclaims her past

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Mental health

Under the mkone tree

When I returned to Kenya, where I grew up, I found biomedicine and traditional medicine in conversation about mental health

Priya Basil

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Biography and memoir

My blackness

At times I’ve tried to escape it. Other times I’ve embraced it. But at all times, people have attempted to define me by it

Colin Grant

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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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Virtues and vices

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

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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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Biography and memoir

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

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