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Mired in sin and shame
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Mired in sin and shame

“No sex please, we’re British” was a West End theatrical farce, lampooning the shy, inhibited attitudes of the British to sex.– – Steve Latham . Today that production seems like history. We British are not noticeably reticent when it comes to talking about, or having sex. The media eagerly describe […]

A palliative society, a bare survival
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A palliative society, a bare survival

Byung-Chul Han is a Korean-born philosopher, based in Germany. Training initially as a metallurgist, he moved west and switched disciplines, becoming now one of our chief public intellectuals. Steve Latham   He has examined the impact of social and technological change on the psyche of contemporary culture, concentrating on how […]

The unfulfilled longing
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The unfulfilled longing

I have a distinct childhood memory, of a scene from a film I saw, where a man is looking at a blue flower, which I remember as a blue rose.   Steve Latham   The image has stayed with me, throughout my life: a picture disconnected from anything else, anything […]

Libraries of Babel
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Libraries of Babel

I love libraries. When I was little, my dad took me, each week, to the local library in our tiny northern industrial town. No doubt, actually quite small, the library seemed huge to me.   Steve Latham   While he perused the adult shelves, I borrowed books of classic boy’s […]