TLS – Machiavelli’s Utopia

  Sculpture of Machiavelli for the Uffizi © Adam Eastland/Alamy TLS - Machiavelli’s Utopia WILLIAM J. CONNELL “Machiavelli’s Utopia” might be thought to refer to a book which, like Utopia itself, never existed. Thomas More wrote Utopia; Niccolò Machiavelli did not. Machiavelli’s The Prince, moreover, is a book sometimes thought to describe a dystopia. All …

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Poem of the Week: ‘The Demon at the Walls of Time’ – TLS

"My job is to rattle the bars”, says the devil in the opening poem of Edwin Morgan’s sequence Demon (from his collection Cathures, 2002), something that Morgan himself was happy to do throughout his long career. He was born in 1920 and published his first collection of poems in 1952. It was his second – The Second Life (1968) – …

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The poet who could smell vowels

From The Times Literary Supplement (December 2007) Ferdinand de Saussure, the father of structuralism, owed much to Hobbes and Mill, and numbered Henry VII among his ancestors John E. Joseph As he lay dying, in 1913, of arteriosclerosis and influenza, still a lethal combination today, Ferdinand de Saussure must have been sure that, come the …

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An Oral History of “An Inconvenient Truth” | Grist

Al Gore got stuck on a scissor lift. Studio execs fell asleep at a screening. And everybody hated the title. The amazing true story of the most improbable — and important — film of our time. A Decade ago, climate change was a huge problem with a small audience. Unless you were among a handful …

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Liar: A Memoir : Longreads Blog

Liar: A Memoir“Your memories are already foggy and scrambled at times. And then, they may not even be there anymore.” This story was funded by Longreads MembersJoin and help support great storytellingRob Roberge | Liar: A Memoir | Crown | February 2016 | 23 minutes (5,688 words) When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from …

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