Iowa, 1966. Courtesy: Ngug1i wa Thiong’o

How monolingualism is the carbon monoxide of culture

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Umberto Eco in Paris, September 1985, photographed by Hélène Bamberger

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Wan-Nian Qiao Bridge, Suzhou, 1750–1800. Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Scala, Florence

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Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781. Courtesy: © 2013 Detroit Institute of Arts / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Jesse Ball, 2011 photograph: © Daniel Shea (all illustrations © Jesse Ball)

Jesse Ball is an author, poet, artist and lucid dreaming instructor based in Chicago.

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Getty Center garden, designed by Robert Irwin (2006)

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