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Oh! how horribly she howled

Fairy tales — in their pre-Disney incarnations, that is — are stories not only of magic and wonder, but of life-threatening situations and fundamental fears. Recall Hansel and Gretel, the charming story of two children held captive for weeks by

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Rounding the bases – really

One of the funniest moments in Arthur Hiller’s 1979 comedy, The In-Laws, comes when the fathers of the groom (Peter Falk) and of the bride (Alan Arkin) come under sudden sniper fire at a Central American landing strip. Arkin sensibly

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The life in concrete boxes

The apartment building is one of the most standardized and recognizable architectural forms in the world — in its most common form, a simple rectangular box of white-painted concrete, white steel balconies, and grey windows. It is ugly, conformist, efficient;

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The false dilemma of sustainable business

It has long been a criticism of “sustainable business” thinking that good governance and responsible social and environmental practices have costs, and insofar that they do, sustainable businesses must offer lower returns to investors than those offered by their less-burdened

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Recent best: novels

Ian Garrick Mason: I’d like to thank Matthew Gallaway for inaugurating a semi-regular feature on SCOPE‘s blog. We call it “Recent best”, and it will be comprised simply of personal recommendations, by a person who ought to know, on the

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Songs from a fast guitar

Kristian Matsson classifies himself as “acoustic/folk/blues” on his Myspace page — a categorization that might make one wonder about what kind of music such a blend will produce. In particular, what kind of music it will produce when sung by

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