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How Do You Say 'Sex'?

Why English has 1,750 slang words for the simple act of sexual intercourse<p>What we now regard as the first glossaries of English slang—they were actually collections of criminal jargon—appeared in the 1500s. Looking back, some of the details may be blurred, but the themes that would characterize …

How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?

832<p>SHARES<p>All the guy was doing was slicing inch-thick pieces of bread, putting them in a toaster, and spreading stuff on them. But what made me …

Making It

Pick up a spot welder and join the revolution.<p>In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine <i>Handicraft</i> ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement was in deep crisis. The movement was concerned with promoting good taste and …

Why We Procrastinate - Issue 9: Time

The British philosopher Derek Parfit espoused a severely reductionist view of personal identity in his seminal book, <i>Reasons and Persons</i>: It does not …

The Man Who Knew Almost Everything

I first read Eric Hobsbawm as a doctoral student in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in the 1980s. I started with his books on popular protest, <i>Primitive</i> …

Communist Party

Paris, Beckett and Me

John Calder, Samuel Beckett’s publisher and close friend, reflects on times spent together in their preferred city, the writer’s pessimism and …

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