The Hide That Binds

In June 2014 the Houghton Library at Harvard University announced that its copy of Des destinées de l’âme, a meditation on the soul by the French novelist and poet Arsène Houssaye dating from the mid-1880s, had been subjected to mass spectrometry testing and was “without a doubt bound in human skin.” The book had been […]


The Well-Blown Mind

The modern meaning of “drugs” is of surprisingly recent origin. Until the twentieth century, the w...

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