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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture, publishing an original essay every weekday.

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Perfecting the art of longing

‘You can smile at the past but longing is for the memory you don’t have yet’ – a rabbi and poet on two years of isolation - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Abolish life sentences

It is unjust, cruel and profoundly wasteful to consign a person to prison for life. A decent society must not do it - by Judith Lichtenberg Read at Aeon

Bird of prey

The Philippine eagle is the world’s largest and rarest. Can incredible close-up images save this masterpiece of nature? - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Buddhist missionaries

Buddhist monks have mostly escaped the label of proselytisers, but they’ll still spread the word to those who seek them out - by Brooke Schedneck Read at Aeon

Recoding art

When AIs visit a modern art museum, their reactions are both funny and revealing of the imperfect humans who trained them - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Living closer together

Urban density was once seen as a sign of unhealthiness and poverty. But today it is necessary to make cities sustainable - by Max Holleran Read at Aeon

Mink!

The odds-defying story of how the US congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink ushered in a revolution in women’s collegiate sports - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

The delights of mischief

Mischievousness requires humour, wit and a playful humaneness: qualities that make for a particular kind of virtue - by Alex Moran Read at Aeon

The great regression

To understand why so many adults are acting just like children, don’t blame Millennials – look to Japan in the 1990s - by Matt Alt Read at Aeon

The rocket on the roof

There’s a mysterious rocket on a rooftop in LA. Does Wesley have it in him to get to the bottom of what’s going on up there? - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

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