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ELECTION 2022

Charlie Hebdo and the need to reconsider liberal satire

ARTS & CULTURE

Murder is not the equivalent of satire, and so when Jihadists kill satirical writers and cartoonists in the heart of liberal Paris, our first instinct is disbelief that anyone should kill over the production of a quick sketch of an historical figure, Mohammed.

Of virgin births, Christmas stories and literal readings of the Bible

Of virgin births, Christmas stories and literal readings of the Bible

As Christmas descends on us with its annual obligation to be merry and supportive of consumerist nonsense, it’s time to revisit the old ‘Nativity’ story.

Stephen Derwent Partington | 7 years ago

'Mazrui, literary journalism and intellectual inclusiveness'

The death of one of our brightest thinkers has occasioned some generous and interesting literary journalism.

Stephen Derwent Partington | 7 years ago

How race became inscribed on our skins

In the clear prose of her semi-fictionalised autobiographies, the late Maya Angelou powerfully communicated her experiences of racism and sexism. She performed similarly important work in her appropriately unadorned, hopeful verse.

Stephen Derwent Partington | 7 years ago

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