‘We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing
Happy winter solstice all.
Oliver Herford (1863-1935) was an illustrator and humourist, who has been called ‘the American Oscar Wilde’ for his witty aphorisms: ‘There’s no time like the pleasant’, ‘Only the young die good’, ‘Many are called but few get up’, and so on.
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Bliss Cua Lim looks at how the female ghost subgenre illuminates efforts to globalise ‘Asian horror’
David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history
Sabrina Huck argues that a generational shift away from the Conservative Party can’t be taken for granted
Tina Ngata explains the social and legal legacies of a 15th-century Christian principle that paved the way for imperial violence in, and far beyond, New Zealand
Claudia Rankine's collection perfectly illustrates the power of frank conversations with white people on race and racism, writes Kimberly McIntosh
Voter suppression and systematic exclusion cast a pall over the world's biggest 'democracy', writes Kavita Krishnan
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