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Wrap Up the Week: Anti-Love Drugs, Metaphysical Cartoons, Jamesian Identity, Cloudy Memories, and Happy World Book Day

The Oxonian Review presents Wrap Up the Week, featuring articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. Angela Chen, ‘Should Desire be Curable’, Aeon. Angela Chen reflects upon the ethics of “anti-love” biotechnologies, considering the circumstances in which it would be appropriate to use drugs to control sex drive and attraction. She asks thought-provoking questions like: would you inhale a spray to stop you from feeling pain after a break-up? Taker a pill that enables you to fall out of love with and then leave an abusive partner? To ease an unrequited passion? To change your sexual orientation?

2. Ilana E. Strauss, ‘5 Reasons that Cartoons are the 21st Century’s Great Metaphysical Playground’, Religion Dispatches. “A rich, new form of philosophy is on the rise in the public sphere, and it’s got a lot of bright colors and anthropomorphic animals,” Strauss argues, “This democratization of philosophy matters. It means that talking about a show you saw last week can easily turn into a philosophical discussion, and one not weighed down by elitism. It means that people who never thought about metaphysics are thinking about it, and from a very young age.”

3. Philip Horne, ‘The Native Henry James’, The Paris Review. On the hundredth anniversary of Henry James’s death, Philip Horne reflects upon the national identity and allegiances of this great Anglo-American writer.

4. Sophie McBain, ‘Head in the Cloud’, New Statesman. Sophie McBain ponders on whether we are destroying our own internal memories by relying increasingly on electronic devices and “new online forms of remembrance.”

5. ‘Great Book Sculptures: The Book Tunnel of Prague, Interesting Literature. In celebration of World Book Day, we thought we’d share a photo of this incredible book sculpture by Slovakian-born sculptor and artist Matej Kren installed in Prague Municipal Library.