Drawing Matter | 17th December 2019
Architects are, unsurprisingly, very specific about their workspaces. To wit: "My ideal desk is something large, antique and heavy but not too heavy, an antique timber desk with side drawers, not as heavy as Victorian, but nicely Georgian/Biedermeier. Biedermeier preferably. Elegant and classical but with some gravitas. Something in green leather on top and cherry wood" (1,528 words)
Oliver Roeder | LitHub | 25th January 2022
Recovering Scrabble addict's account of his years in love with the game. Most people don't realise that there's a deep strategy to it because they learn as children. "There is something magical about realising how to play Scrabble even one step above beginner: using the bonus spaces, creating overlapping words, hitting your first bingo. You also learn how to play defence" (1,807 words)
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Five Books: The Best Books On Islam And The State. Political Science Professor Ahmet T. Kuru recommends books that help trace the historical relationship between Islam and the state—and points to strands of secularism that may hold the key to a happier relationship between Islam and liberal democracy.
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