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Three Essays on Flight

If we were tasked with showing a visiting Martian the best of human capacities, we could do worst than to take them to the airport for a look around.

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Henri Rousseau

The artist Henri Rousseau — who had no formal training, and who only began painting seriously in his forties — was ridiculed by the critics of his day. Yet he is now celebrated as a visionary genius.

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Charles Dickens’s Secret

Almost no other writer has ever been quite as successful as Charles Dickens. But Dickens spent most of his life hiding a terrible secret — one that helps to shed light on his peculiar genius…

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The Drawer of Odd Things

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The Drawer of Odd Things

It’s probably in the kitchen or maybe somewhere in a corridor: the drawer with all the bits that don’t fit…
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Mother and Daughters

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Mother and Daughters

We are not singling them out and you could write a very similar piece about other family configurations, but it…
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