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On connection & creativity, books & community.

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Yes, we will always need another ode to the power of art, a love letter to creativity. These three books have been a joyful, electrifying antidote to demeaning govt. policy toward the arts - fuck this Government and fuck you Rishi Sunak. The creative industries (which generate over £110Billion a year for the UK economy) are more vital than ever. They are a lifeline, as well as a livelihood, for millions of us.So hurrah for books, notably books like these: Kae Tempest' On ConnectionThis punchy little book puts the human- as writer/creator/reader/audience- at the heart of the conversation about art, and creativity....

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They're ending furlough, we're calling bullshit : Jim on the household economics myth & MMT

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They're ending furlough, we're calling bullshit : Jim on the household economics myth & MMT

There exists an insidious myth at the heart of popular economic thinking, colouring not just the formation of government policy, but also the general public’s conception of how national economies work. It is at best a genuine misunderstanding of how the monetary system functions, and a worst a deliberate form of economic propaganda on the part of neoliberal ideologues. And that myth is that the economies of nation-states function exactly like those of a household. The logic is straightforward enough: private individuals cannot spend more money than they have (including whatever credit they can access), and so it stands to...

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Slowing down - Making space to read, think, act.

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An extract from our latest newsletter, as we reflect on digital outrage. --- It's been an emotional few weeks - we worry for our queer siblings in Poland, anti-corruption activists in Zimbabwe, and comrades in Belarus fighting for a chance at democracy- all face violent repression.Still we mourn for Mercy Baguma while raging at the hostile environment. We're heartsick for the students and staff that Universities have fucked over for rent money. And our government is using the cover of Covid / Brexit & the theatre of US elections, to break international law without scrutiny. All these real fights are served up with a side of daily digital attacks,...

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Life Raft: Sam Baker on life over 40, a woman's fuck you to patriarchy

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Life Raft: Sam Baker on life over 40, a woman's fuck you to patriarchy

One of the highlights of a bumper month of new books, has been The Shift, the insightful, inspired, unapologetic new book from Sam Baker! A vital new chapter in our feminist conversations - an essential manifesto for any cis woman staring the second half of their lives in the face and wondering, WTF? Here to set the scene, is Sam Baker celebrated author, magazine editor & co-founder of The Pool, reading from The Shift. Want to hear more? So did we! Sam generously let Mairi pick her brain about the book for our #LighthouseLifeRaft - here's that interview for you!In a recent review...

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Meet the Lighthouse Family

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We are an eclectic, slightly eccentric chosen family of bookish people, all of us passionate about making the world a fairer, better place. As this digital space evolves we look forward to sharing our bookish news and passions with you, including through blogs, Life Rafts, and reading lists reflecting our tastes or offering a gateway into big issues of the day. But first, lets get acquainted! My name is Mairi (she/her) – I have been peddling books for independent bookshops for almost a decade, and took over the original Word Power in 2017, when it became Lighthouse. I'm a queer cis woman with a...

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