‘2016 is almost over but the impact of this year’s political events will reverberate around the globe for decades.’
Edoardo Albert, author of Warrior, writes about five archaeological findings that brought the past to life.
‘When we find results that seem to make no sense, we should not be surprised or alarmed.’
‘They’re the interchangeable anonymous people we encounter on our daily commute, those whose humanity we cannot acknowledge.’
‘Thank you, God,’ said the boys, ‘for not making me a woman.’ ‘Thank you, God,’ said the girls, ‘for making me according to Your will.’
Naomi Alderman shares five songs she loves to write to.
‘Photographs showed a wood-panelled room, furnished with a long table spread with a leopard skin.’
‘The Russian people suffer from a victim complex: they believe that nothing depends on them, and by them nothing can be changed.’
‘I was trying to present a history of feelings, not the history of the war itself.’
‘The poor hated the poor, natives hated outsiders, settled migrants hated new incomers, the North hated the South, non-Londoners hated London.’
‘The real feeling of a day that changed everything forever is boiled down so incessantly, and so often, to cliché.’
‘It would be many years before I understood that around my mother’s sober acceptance of the status quo was a whole culture she had developed for our subsistence and well-being.’
Political resistance, poetry, self-revelation all spring from that provocative, impish drive to burst free from external constraints.
‘The way we manage erotic knowledge is connected to our handling of unwanted truths’
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