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Cake, death and the romance of mutual aid.

BBC/Neal Street: on the Covid-safe set of Call The Midwife
BBC/Neal Street: on the Covid-safe set of Call The Midwife


Photo by David Boarder Giles.


The logic of abuse has ordered our lives for so long, it must not be allowed to rule our politics any longer

AOC tells it like it is.



image by Charles Hutchins via Creative Commons


National Guard soldiers in Downtown Los Angeles, May 2020. Photography by Samuel Braslow


Edvard Munch turned his mental struggles into spectacular work. But do artists need to be tortured to achieve greatness?

Edvard Munch, Ashes, 1925; photo: courtesy the Munch Museum, Oslo.


I went backstage at the biggest political show on earth- and found America telling stories about itself.

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“America is great because America is good.”- Hillary Clinton.

“We dream of a brand new start-
But we dream in the dark, for the most part.”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton.


Here we are in the desert of moderate liberalism. The storm has hit, and nobody was prepared.

Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Banquo: It will be rain tonight.

First murderer: Let it come down!

-William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the Republican National Convention.

Drew Angerer / Getty Images

ROS: Fire!
GUIL: Where?
ROS: It’s all right — I’m demonstrating the misuse of free speech. To prove that it exists. (2.68–70)
—Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Laurie Penny

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