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The thing’s the thing

Can writers use little objects to tell big stories?

By Hannah Rosefield  

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What makes humans human? According to Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, it’s things. “Making things, and then coming to depend on things” is what “sets us apart from all other animals, and ultimately turns us into the humans we are today,” said MacGregor in his introduction to the 2010 BBC radio series…

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