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Book Excerpt VI

In choosing their wives they use a method that would appear to us very absurd and ridiculous, but it is constantly observed among them, and is accounted perfectly consistent with wisdom.  Before marriage some grave matron presents the bride, naked, More »

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Open Utopia Unveiled at Utopian Studies Conference

The Open Utopia will have its first public viewing at the Society for Utopian Studies annual conference from Oct 20-23, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

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BOOK EXCERPT V

You might have seen the children who were grown big enough to despise their playthings, and who had thrown away their jewels, call to their mothers, push them gently, and cry out, “See that great fool, that wears pearls and More »

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BOOK EXCERPT IV

… they have fallen upon an expedient which, as it agrees with their other policy, so is it very different from ours, and will scarce gain belief among us who value gold so much, and lay it up so carefully.  More »

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BOOK EXCERPT III

Both dinner and supper are begun with some lecture of morality that is read to them; but it is so short that it is not tedious nor uneasy to them to hear it.  From hence the old men take occasion More »

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BOOK EXCERPT II

The streets are twenty feet broad; there lie gardens behind all their houses. These are large, but enclosed with buildings, that on all hands face the streets, so that every house has both a door to the street and a More »

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Book II.1

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Book Excerpt I

The island of Utopia is in the middle two hundred miles broad, and holds almost at the same breadth over a great part of it, but it grows narrower towards both ends. Its figure is not unlike a crescent. Between its More »

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The War is Over

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Redesign has begun

theCoup, a Brooklyn-based design studio run by Matthew Willse, will be redesigning The Open Utopia. The new site should be completed by mid August.

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