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EXCLUSIVEAgainst the tide | Aeon
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Subcultures

Living off-grid on a remote Scottish island is a mix of rejection and acceptance

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In fragments: phase change | Aeon
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Rituals and celebrations

From roaring fire and molten glass an artist creates a healing ritual

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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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Slavery en famille | Aeon
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History

Slavery en famille

The story of Marie Aymard and five generations of her family tells an intimate history of slavery in a small French town

Emma Rothschild

The return | Aeon
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Anthropology

On the run from COVID-19, an Indigenous family treks deep into the Amazon rainforest

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The same | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

The buzzes, clanks and whirrs of prison life form a meditation on freedom

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Thai country living | Aeon
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Home

The rhythms of rural Thailand, where both food and music are sourced from the ground

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Nomadic architecture: the Nenets chum | Aeon
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Architecture

Cultural wisdom begets cozy temporary homes for the Nenets of the Siberian Arctic

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Fishcakes and cocaine | Aeon
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Home

Eccentrics, artists and Luddites find community on a remote Scottish peninsula

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Rooms | Aeon
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Home

How our rooms shape our world, and vice versa

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Bear with me | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Can you find ‘home’ in another person? What it’s like to follow love across borders

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Last acre | Aeon
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Architecture

A world of shacks and shanties is a place of makeshift beauty on England’s margins

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Angels in the market | Aeon
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Gender

Angels in the market

The heart-tug tactics of 1950s ads steered white American women away from activism into domesticity. They’re still there

Ellen Wayland-Smith

Solos | Aeon
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Cities

Sketches from a Barcelona square offer an elegant celebration of people-watching

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Home stream | Aeon
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Home

A street-level view of homelessness from a woman living through it

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House: after five years of living | Aeon
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Architecture

The best home is a joyfully inhabited one – doubly so if its residents are design legends

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How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp

Harriet Gross

Ways of living | Aeon
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Art

Ways of living

John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ exploded a discipline. But his greatest legacy might be a quieter project of re-enchantment

Joshua Sperling

Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas

Amy Olberding

Tungrus | Aeon
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Animals and humans

It’s poultry vs people in this darkly comic tale of a problematic pet rooster

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Crisanto Street | Aeon
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Poverty and development

In Silicon Valley’s shadow, a boy bids farewell to the trailer community that’s been home

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Creating some slack | Aeon
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Home

Creating some slack

A household is a miniature ecosystem with inputs, outputs and flows: thinking like this can make life a whole lot better

Misty McLaughlin & Michael Erard

At home with the homeless | Aeon
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Anthropology

At home with the homeless

Is a home made of bricks and mortar or hopes and dreams? Dispatches from among the rough sleepers on the streets of Paris

Johannes Lenhard

People in order: home | Aeon
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Economics

What can 73 homes arranged by household income say about their residents?

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