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Stinking Sardines

“Laughter is indeed the best medicine, and I was staring at two fine specimens in their nineties serving as living proof.” Story of the Week (August 26), by Justin YW Lau.

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Slate Star Codex

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“Alexander looks with curiosity on his own fallibilities, and with sympathy on those of others — his disposition to theory is tempered by frequent contact with reality.” Robert Cottrell continues his series on the best of the web with a look at Slate Star Codex.

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Siesta

“There were no apologies, no good-byes, only a calm, rock-hard assurance that she was doing the right thing.” Story of the Week (August 19), by Justin Fenech.

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Anthology 2014

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Slate Star Codex

Spotlight Site: Slate Star Codex

“Alexander looks with curiosity on his own fallibilities, and with sympathy on those of others — his disposition to theory is tempered by frequent contact with reality.” Robert Cottrell continues his series on the best of the web with a look at Slate Star Codex.

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Author of the Month: Lorna Brown

“I wanted to examine the people on the fringes of society, and how others’ perception of them led them there. Society can be unforgiving.” Lorna Brown, our April Author of the Month, talks to Casey Harding.

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Voices in Verse Vol. 1: ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’

Farda Ali Khan performs her poem, ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’. In a close competition, she placed third in a competition that showcased the talents of young poets under 30, from backgrounds as diverse as medicine, computer science and engineering, and the literary arts. The poem examines the shifting sands of culture against a backdrop of fragile patriotism.

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Voices in Verse Vol. 1: ‘When Your Body Smiles’

Finalist and winner Orooj-e-Zafar performs her winning poem, ‘When Your Body Smiles’. She tied with Risham Amjad when the panel of judges that included poet and TMS contributor Ilona Yusuf and the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, was undecided on who to give the final prize to. Her poem speaks to the importance of being true to who you are and the daily struggle of being comfortable in your own skin.