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Travels in the land of BIX

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Type’s cast

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Joyce and his mechanical muse

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Tumult of the limbs

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Is it true the bourgeoisie had more fun?

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Poetize or bust

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Poetry isn’t what it used to be, but then it never was

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Photographers and seventeenth-century Dutch painters demonstrate the fine art of just looking

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