Bad Air: Pollution, Sin, and Science Fiction in William Delisle Hay’s “The Doom of the Great City” (1880)

Bad Air: Pollution, Sin, and Science Fiction in William Delisle Hay’s "The Doom of the Great City" (1880)

Deadly fogs, moralistic diatribes, debunked medical theory – Brett Beasley explores a piece of Victorian science fiction considered to be the first modern tale of urban apocalypse.

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What maps reveal about ourselves

What maps reveal about ourselves

Cartography has produced beautiful works of art – but are they as objective as we think? Alastair Sooke explores the unreliable history of map-making.

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Awesome Places (Arguably) Ruined By Popular Books

Awesome Places (Arguably) Ruined By Popular Books

A rice paddy in Bali, a medieval Italian fortress, a logging town in Washington, and a few hunky-dory hiking trails have all found themselves at the center of a lot of unexpected attention. It's a matter of a few bestselling books, written by authors who likely never imagined the devotees and disciples who would want to recreate their journeys (real or imagined), step for step. Have the effects of these books diminished the magic that they tried to capture?

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