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In this book, one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day, considers the contradictory nature of cultural relations. Elizabeth Wilson explores these themes through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism. Debates within feminism on the nature and effects of pornography are used to illustrate a particular kind of cultural contradiction. Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or opposed to the idea of emancipation, chief among these was fashion. She shows that the association of an interest in this culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubt

Dogs in Space
Dogs in space

In 1996 a fox was sighted in the mews at the back of our house, which fronts on to a large London square. It was later suggested that the fox might actually have been only a cat, since the eyewitness was drunk at the time. By the summer of 1999, however, everyone had seen the fox. He was so tame that he came to the back door to beg for food in the early morning, and each evening the neighbours left out a series of little bowls for him, as if for some household god to be appeased. One neighbour even claimed to have seen the fox use a pedestrian crossing to negotiate the adjacent main road.

But even if no-one ...

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