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Author Archives: Chloe Thurlow

I am the girl at the bar at 2.00 in the morning who looks like she should have gone home and maybe has no home to go to. In case you see me, I'm the one with the notebook. I write in the dead hours as the night planes follow the Thames into London, where I was born and where I moved from west to east like a migrating swallow. Each of my five novels has taken a year from conception to birth. I love them. They are my children. I never sleep. I have no time to sleep. A candle is always burning at http://chloethurlow.com

Landmines, Princess Diana, and the Danger of First Glances

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The 1999 Ottawa Convention banning landmines has been ratified by 161 nations, including every country in Europe. Noticeable by its omission is the United States, as well as Russia, China, India, and Pakistan. Read More »

The Border Fence: Walls Torn Down and a Sense of Infinity

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In spite of there being 20,000 U.S. border guards, the most at any time in U.S. history, the number of crossings remains unchanged. Read More »

Comparisons Make Everything Look Smaller

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When we compare ourselves to others, the tendency to seek out their faults leads us to examine our own, and we end up doubly dissatisfied. Read More »

Charlie Chaplin, ‘House of Cards,’ and Bertolt Brecht’s Alienation Effect

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Brecht's Alienation Effect took a different course after Hitler's rise to power. Spacey’s political drama is less about politics than about cold-blooded personal ambition. Read More »

Insects as Food – Raw, Cooked or Dipped in Chocolate?

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Insects are free, high in protein and, when you think about it, no weirder nutritionally than oysters, eels, frog’s legs, blowfish, pig’s trotters, sheep’s eyes, or blood sausage. Read More »

Edible Underwear – ‘Do You Want To Eat My Knickers?’

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I wasn’t aware that men needed a whiff of chemicals, but the combination of women’s undergarments and the macho motions of the kitchen clearly lends itself to the small screen’s appetite for exotic foods spiced with a sizzling dash of sex. Read More »

What Are You Writing?

by GAB, Leipzig

Writers are worker ants, always labouring, often without pay, for the good of the nest: the planet we all share. All writing is political. Read More »