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Tagged with “society” (5)

  1. Hypertext as an Agent of Change

    Thomas Pynchon. The Anthropocene. Ferguson. Geoheliocentrism. Teju Cole. Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigms. Antigone. A wall. The sixth extinction.

    The ways we transmit information—and the ways in which that information accumulates into narratives—is changing. And if we aren’t careful, it may not change in all the ways we want it to.

    Mandy Brown is a wordsmith. She takes other people’s words and hammers them into shape.

    Mandy edited Frank Chimero’s The Shape Of Design. She has edited articles for A List Apart and books for A Book Apart (including the particularly handsome first book).

    More recently, Mandy assembled a dream team to work on her startup Editorially, an online platform for collaborative writing and editing. That didn’t work out in the end, which is a shame because it was a lovely piece of work.

    Before that, Mandy worked as product lead at Typekit, whipping their communications into shape.

    She is one of the Studiomates crew in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband, Keith and her dog, Jax. They’re both adorable.

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  2. Gemma Angel on The History of the Tattoo

    The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an explosion in academic interest in the tattoo. Tattoos played a significant role in medico-legal research across a wide range of disciplines, notably forensic medicine, criminology, anthropology and psychiatry. Whilst many scholars collected data on tattooing in the form of drawings and occasionally through photography, tattooed skins where also harvested. These historic collections now reside in a number of museums and archives across Europe.

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  3. Paul Craddock on “A Most Unexpected History of Blood Transfusion”

    William John Bankes was an explorer, Egyptologist and adventurer who during the nineteenth century, travelled extensively to the Near East and Egypt, making an impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts. His massive portfolio of notes, manuscripts and drawings produced and collected during his travels along the Nile with explorations in Egypt provide the only historical record of some inscriptions and monuments.

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    Ian Kelly will talk on the subject of his recently published biography: the audacious Samuel Foote. The one-legged dandy was a mesmerizing actor, as well as a notorious wit, comic, and sexual deviant. Foote’s life was pervaded by scandal from the start as his first fortune was inherited when one uncle murdered another, and the plotting and scheming continued from there. Foote inherited this feisty nature and was notorious for his fickle habits: whether it be marrying for money then mistreating this wife, or quarreling with other actors and causing riots, Foote ensured the drama of the theater and whimsy of the dandy were both a constant presence in his life.

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  5. Marquis de Sade with Caroline Warman

    Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), now famous as a writer of vilely cruel and exceedingly embarrassing pornography, was imprisoned for a total of 27 years under three completely different forms of government - in the last years of Louis XVI’s reign, during the Revolution, and under Napoleon. What was he imprisoned for? He never had a trial, so he never knew. Caroline Warman will introduce you to the man, his writings and his context, and explore how his work resisted and played out the violence imposed on him by the establishment.

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