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Beauty & Aesthetics
Against popular culture

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Stories & Literature
Full-body reading

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Mood & Emotion
A theory of creepiness

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History of Technology
Getting things moving

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Fantasy North

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E R Truitt

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Dispatches from the ruins

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Working on TV

The golden age of TV drama raises some big questions about work and the meaning of life

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