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What can you really learn from a novel beyond the ability to read?

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2111 days ago
Imagine a rich intellectual’s house. You walk up their steps and through their heavy wooden door into the large open plan living area with a baby grand piano in the corner. There’s an inevitable musty smell that fills your nose, a scholarly smell, the smell of books. Hobbies can be put into 2 categories: frivolous pastimes and fulfilling endeavors. Watching a sitcom or playing Grand Theft Auto is entertaining but not something to be proud of. Teaching yourself a language or phys...

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It has become impossible to tell people they are fat.

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2111 days ago
The epidemic of obesity sweeping much of the developed world is seriously dangerous but I don’t want to rant about the public health issues. I want to rant about fat acceptance. Since the rise in the prevalence of eating disorders such as anorexia it has become impossible to tell people they are fat. When we realised teenages were starving themselves to become as thin as Keira Knightley we invented the concept of positive body image and “loving the skin you’re in” in a...

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Why don't politicians have principles?

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2111 days ago
The world is a rapidly changing place and none of us know what events will shape our lives in the span of a politicians term in office. So, we cannot elect our representatives on the basis of how they will represent us in the future unless we know what principles guide their lives and decision making, and they stick to those principles. There lies the problem. Politicians demonstrate repeatedly that principles mean nothing to them - they will change their positions at the drop of a  focus g...