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Issue: August/September 2020
The lockdown litterbugs
‘The enduring images etched in my mind after lockdown are not of nature nurtured but nature trashed, suffocating under mountains of litter’
The rise of “choking”
‘When the musician Andy Anokye was accused of assaulting a number of women—committing acts that included strangling them, waterboarding them, and holding a gun to one woman’s head—he offered a simple explanation for his behaviour: it turned him on’
Tolerating the intolerant
"For those who thought that a global pandemic would sound the death knell for identity politics, think again"
A poem from Zonal
Focusing on the female gaze
The pioneering women who, over more than 150 years, embraced photography — a medium for free-spirited women who wanted to chart their own course
Breaking a few eggs
"Before anyone had even thought of hen-rehoming as a thing, my mother had become an inadvertent rehomer of escapees from the nearby broiler house"
‘Without a comprehensive deal, food shortages after Brexit will be far more severe than anything seen during the pandemic’
‘I have barely worn trousers for five months now. In the Zoom era no-one sees below the fifth button of your shirt. You could get away with wearing nothing at all’
The lure of totalitarianism
"Across the Western world, friends and families have fallen out over their diverging views on the populism that has flourished in the past two decades"
Julia Llewellyn Smith
Sphinx without a secret
"Whether it’s the shadow government or the global elite, if it’s not one sinister cabal intent on taking over the world, then it’s another"
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above