Sophie G Bennett

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Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Terrifying

Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration is an overlooked—but timely—novel about the dangers of authoritarianism.<p>Imagine a United States in which the president has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to scrub its website of climate-change content, his counselor and …

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Immanuel Kant and the Philosophy of Freedom | Jason Sorens

If you want to understand the moral basis of a free society, there might be no better place to start than the thought of Immanuel Kant. He is the …

Baz Luhrmann says The Great Gatsby is a love story. Is he right?

Is The Great Gatsby a love story? The new Baz Luhrmann adaptation is being sold as such. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and boasting a haunting love theme from Lana Del Ray, the film is a "great, tragic love story with action, passion, drama", said director Baz Luhrmann to the …

5 Dystopian Novels to Read If Donald Trump Has You Scared Shitless

According to <i>TIME</i>, in Amazon’s Classic Literature & Fiction category, 12 out of the top-selling 20 titles have been used recently as either examples …

Literature

Orwell and Atwood books given away to encourage readers to 'fight back!'

George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Erik Larson have been recruited in the resistance against US president Donald Trump by a mystery benefactor in San Francisco, who has paid for copies of the three authors’ most famous dystopian works to be given away with the exhortation: “Read up! Fight …

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Alternative Facts In A Post-Truth World?

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>The Global Affairs column is curated by Stratfor’s board of contributors, a diverse group of thinkers whose expertise inspires rigorous and innovative thought. Their opinions are their own and serve to complement and even challenge</i> …

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Calexit: Californians start campaigning to secede from the US - but they don't have Ukip's support

Hard-working campaigners could be about to do for California what the Leave campaign did for the UK — but Ukip isn't supporting them.<p>'Calexit' could be a reality; in the wake of Donald Trump's election, Californians are fighting to secede from the US.<p>On Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex …

To Its Earliest Reviewers, Gatsby Was Anything but Great

The canonical novel, published 90 years ago today, was initially deemed "unimportant," "painfully forced," "no more than a glorified anecdote," and "a dud."<p>"To make Gatsby really Great," Edith Wharton wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald on April 8, 1925, "you ought to have given us his early career (not …

Literature

The Great Gatsby delusion

It's confirmed: Baz Luhrmann will be the latest director to tilt at windmills by trying to film The Great Gatsby. Leonardo DiCaprio will tackle Gatsby, Toby Maguire will play Nick, and the hunt for Daisy continues. As anyone who understands the novel knows, they won't find her.<p>Gatsby has been …

An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (first of two). They cover religion, …

PHILOSOPHY - The Good Life: Kant [HD]

Vladimir Nabokov Browses Lolita Covers With Dr Freud

<b>Interviewer</b>: “Mr Nabokov, would you tell us why it is that you detest Dr. Freud?”<p><b>Vladimir Nabokov</b>: “I think he’s crude, I think he’s medieval, and I …

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Ethics and writing

It comes up, from time to time. Ethics and writing. Two concepts that are chained together in a dysfunctional marriage. How to write, ethically? How …

Oscar Wilde’s Prison Cell Opens to the Public for the First Time

Reading Prison in the UK hosted a rather remarkable inmate 120 years ago. Oscar Wilde was detained in the facility for two years after being found …

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The 1975 – The Full NME Cover Interview

<i>Matt Healy, singer in The 1975, is a proper rockstar. He looks ridiculous, says funny stuff and is convinced the world “needs” all 75 mins of his</i> …

Are we alone in the universe because all the aliens went extinct?

If we’re alone in the universe, then the big question is: Why? There are billions upon billions of Earth-like planets out there. Surely, life would …