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‘History has no simple utilitarian purpose. But it can compel a sense of wonder and self-reflection, if it carries the irony and depth of life.’

September 2019

A Letter from Sam Haselby

Sam’s interests include history, religion and politics. He recently wrote an essay for Aeon on Muslims in early America. He can be found on Twitter as @samhaselby

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Edition 23

Aeon on history’s sudden turns and new perspectives. A selection of favourite Essays from senior editor Sam Haselby.


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Letters from the Editors

‘History has no simple utilitarian purpose. But it can compel a sense of wonder and self-reflection, if it carries the irony and depth of life.’

September 2019

A Letter from Sam Haselby

Sam’s interests include history, religion and politics. He recently wrote an essay for Aeon on Muslims in early America. He can be found on Twitter as @samhaselby

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‘Biography’s popularity lies in our enjoyment of gossip. And, as with gossip, what is said depends on the type of story we want to tell.’

July 2019

A Letter from Jessica Au

Jessica studied arts/law at the University of Melbourne, and has worked as a writer, editor and a bookseller. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Age and The Monthly.

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‘Where did I get the notion that yearning for comfort is, if not a moral failing, tantamount to avoiding what’s meaningful in life?’

June 2019

A Letter from Kellen Quinn

Kellen studied film and Russian and East European studies at Wesleyan University. He has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

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Aeon Editions

Edition 23

Aeon on history’s sudden turns and new perspectives. A selection of favourite Essays from senior editor Sam Haselby.

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Edition 22

Aeon on thinkers and theories. A selection of favourite Essays from associate editor Jessica Au.

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Edition 21

Aeon on intimacy and alienation. A selection of favourite Essays from head of video Kellen Quinn.

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