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Just Listed: 8 Cutting-Edge Libraries of the Late C20

In the 1960s there was a lifting of government controls on building which saw an unprecedented spate of library building with 350 being built across the UK. 795 more words


Archives of Desire: A Lavender Reading of J. Edgar Hoover

Christopher Elias

In the August 19, 1933 issue of Collier’s magazine, Ray Tucker offered a scathing indictment of the Bureau of Investigation (forerunner to the FBI).  583 more words

History Of Sexuality

10 small, ‘secret’ and historic gardens in central London…2. Whittington Garden…

The history of this City of London garden can be immediately spotted in the garden’s name.

It’s named for Richard (Dick) Whittington, a four time medieval mayor of London whose name (and cat) has been immortalised in stories and rhymes which continue to be retold in Christmas pantomimes every year (you can read more about the real Dick Whittington in our earlier post… 237 more words


Slices of Life After Death: Wake

Review: Wake, by Anna Hope
Random House, 2014. 293 pp. $26

You might think that the four-day runup to Armistice Day, 1920, in London, and the burial of the Unknown Warrior that took place, would make a thin premise for a novel. 720 more words

Reviews And Columns

Alive and kicking: Sushi in Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters (1943-48)

Three months ago, I was travelling around Japan, the land of dreams to me (and a whole lot of other Westerners, it seems), and my enthusiastic foodie self found much to revel in: I don’t think I ate the same thing twice when I was there, as everything was so overwhelmingly tasty, and different, that I felt I had to try everything that came my way. 1,292 more words


Art Thoughts: Rothko

This will probably be of one of a few posts in this series about Rothko. I love his work. I love it. I wrote a paper of length as an undergraduate that explored his identity as a Jewish Russian emigre to the United States around the time of the 1905 Russian Revolution. 195 more words


Eleanor Bisbee, early analytic philosopher from Istanbul.

A colleague in Boğazici, Istanbul, alerted me to the fact that an early American analytic philosopher once worked there.

Eleanor Bisbee, born in 1893 in New Jersey began her career as a philosopher in the US, studying for a PhD at the University of Cincinatti in 1929, and then working there as assistant professor and later acting chair in the Philosophy department from 1930 to 1931. 144 more words

Analytic Philosophy