Lost memoir paints revered philosopher John Locke as ‘vain, lazy and pompous’

Lost memoir paints revered philosopher John Locke as ‘vain, lazy and pompous’

Rediscovered papers thought to record the memories of a longstanding friend say the ‘father of liberalism’ plagiarised and lied about never reading Thomas Hobbes

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‘Be not solitary, be not idle’: secrets of 400-year-old self-help book unlocked

‘Be not solitary, be not idle’: secrets of 400-year-old self-help book unlocked

Admired by everyone from John Milton to Nick Cave, The Anatomy of Melancholy has always been a text that has dazzled and confounded its readers in equal measure. Now, exactly 400 years after it was published, an academic has painstakingly traced the meaning of thousands of its sphinxlike allusions, enigmatic references and arcane quotations, allowing Robert Burton’s famous text to be fully understood for the very first time.

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After 28 Quirky Years, Conan O’Brien Is Leaving Late Night

After 28 Quirky Years, Conan O'Brien Is Leaving Late Night

Conan O'Brien keeps saying this goodbye is a good thing. After 28 years as a late night talk show host, spanning three different shows on two networks, he leaves the nightly grind tonight. He'll sign off from his TBS show Conan, presumably for good.

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