Gabby (Back)

A woman faces away from us, straps crisscrossing her back, in this photograph by Catherine Opie.

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The Second Mother

A wealthy family’s swimming pool is the centre of a tale about class in this thoughtful film by Anna Muylaert.

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Iceland

Galloping horses, snowy farms, and womb songs feature in this selection of four Icelandic artworks.

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Selma

Activists march in demand of equal voting rights for racial minorities in this powerful film by Ava DuVernay.

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The Golden Gate

A group of Californian yuppies walk the treadmill of life in this virtuosic novel in verse by Vikram Seth.

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Alias Grace

A Victorian media sensation convicted of murder tells her story in this historical novel by Margaret Atwood.

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Wonderland

A narcissistic doctor understands brain surgery but not people in this visceral novel by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Play It as It Lays

A woman attempts to escape from ennui by taking to the freeway in this blistering novel by Joan Didion.

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Marianne and Juliane

Two sisters rebel against the same politics via very different means in this film by Margarethe von Trotta.

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Cindy Sherman sits, slumped against hand, clutching a bathrobe to her body in this frank photograph.

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White Teeth

Contemporary London is depicted in all of its cultural complexities in this sprawling novel by Zadie Smith.

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Angel of the North

Antony Gormley's arresting, celestial sculpture towers over the A1, carrying the mythology of its homeland.

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Je Tu Il Elle

A woman turns her attention from viewer to lorry driver to lover in this film by Chantal Akerman.

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Heartburn

Pot roasts, potatoes, and humble pie are stuffed into the pages of this side-splitting novel by Nora Ephron.

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The Dinner Party

A grand, triangular table is set with 39 handcrafted place settings in this intricate installation by Judy Chicago.

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