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‘The Dyings have been too deep for me,’ Dickinson wrote in 1884. Wikimedia Commons

Emily Dickinson is the unlikely hero of our time

During the last years of her life, Dickinson endured a relentless succession of deaths. And yet the poet was able to confront the depths of loss with courage and hope.
Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.). Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Brewing Mesopotamian beer brings a sip of this vibrant ancient drinking culture back to life

Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

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