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Food is a Time Machine

  Why is it that the mere aroma of certain foods can take us straight back to a particular place and point in time? It’s because the nose knows the true meaning of nostalgia, and it leads us on a journey through sense into the magic of a relived memory.  There’s a curl of smoke […]

‘The Greatest’ 1942-2016

  The Greatest: “Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, in Phoenix, at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him. Born Cassius Clay in Jim Crow-era Louisville, […]

Memorialising An Epic

It begins. And then you become aware of the silence that must precede everything. You learn to see the emptiness; a dark space in a photograph, a shadow on the march of time, the deaf break between notes, the lapses and gabs of collective public recollections. This is the absence of musicians now too far […]

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

  SevenEves by Neal Stephenson (Harper Collins) The 2015 Hugo Awards spat illuminated a particularly ugly corner of science-fiction, where Anglo-Saxon males scuttled together in fear of difference. Debates over that variety of conservatism have dominated the discourse for a while now, possibly leading us to forget about the other kinds that have long infested […]