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Type
Polemic
Category
Gender

‘Kids are gross’: on feminists and agency

My son, Oscar, is three. He is articulate and perfectly able to understand plain English, but people are constantly talking about him, in his presence, as if he’s not there. Many of my friends are self-described fierce feminists, who can and do rant indefinitely about the indignity women suffer by being silenced, ignored, objectified and dismissed, and yet they consistently do all of these things to Oscar.

this-bush
Type
Polemic
Category
United States
War

The restoration of George W Bush

In an era of Donald Trump, Pauline Hanson and the alt-right, it’s easy to forget the uniting power that George W Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, had over the world.

For the duration of his eight years in power, Bush was a near universal symbol of mockery, derision and utter hatred.

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Type
Article
Category
Music
Poetry

The heartbreak is all yours: lyrics versus poems

If Dylan has one indefatigable character trait it’s that he’s not preoccupied with the small details. He cherry-picks the essence of the thing in question and tosses out the carcass. Poetry deals in the language of feeling, capturing and amplifying the fleeting sensations too unimportant for the day-to-day functions of consciousness. The practice of poetry is less a matter of form than a state of mind. Few saw that proposition last year when the Swedish academy announced the 2016 laureate.