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When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.

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Book Of A Lifetime: The Interpretation of Cultures, By Clifford Geertz

If you mapped out a novelist's history in books, beloved and influential fictions would have to loom large in the foreground. But books of ideas can be significant in a novelist's formation too - history or science or philosophy or whatever, depending on taste and training and accidental encounter. From those books we derive the framework of our beliefs, the underpinning convictions thatform our mindset and play through and around the witnessing, empathetic, dreaming parts of our perception. And these shaping beliefs will always be at work in the stories we write, however obliquely, or at whatever level of conscious or unconscious deployment.

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Remember the cosy nights of your childhood tucked up in bed as mummy or daddy read you softly to sleep?

Family Album, By Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively's story of the Allersmead family – Allersmead is the house, not their name, but they are so identified with the house that they never need a surname – is told by its various members, including Swedish au pair Ingrid, who came one day and never left.

Beeswax (NC)

Andrew Bujalski's low-key, low-budget Austin-set drama is strangely engaging.

Evidence of mass cannibalism uncovered in Germany

Evidence of mass cannibalism in which even children and unborn babies were on the menu has been uncovered in Germany by archaeologists.

Leading article: An anthropologist for our age

When Claude Lévi-Strauss was feted on his 100th birthday last year, the surprise for many was that he was still alive. The surprise on his death, 11 months later, is that, despite becoming the first centenarian among France's immortels, his days had been numbered after all.

Father of anthropology dies aged 100

Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about the similarities between tribal and industrial societies, has died aged 100.

Paperback: Pies and Prejudice, by Stuart Maconie

In a week when a generation was utterly mortified at being called "middle class", this affectionate and philosophical look at northerners, "plastics" and deracinated peoples from above the Watford Gap is a timely look at the structure of modern Britain. Maconie aims his anthropological travelogue at people who can go out in October without a coat on, cheer at motorway signs to "The North" and still remember a £2 pint, but also at their southern softie cousins. His chapters about the glorious north are more enjoyable than the one on the grim south, but his search for his northern soul has just the right balance of pies and prejudice to be right good.

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