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Zoe's first book, Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science – hand-picked by The Guardian as a must-read science book – was published by Profile in August 2014.

Science has revealed why all human cultures are united by a uniform embrace of 'base' pursuits': without them, we would not be who we are.

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I Remember: Don Harron

Date: 6th February 2015

Publication: The Globe & Mail

Don Harron was fully and truly a feminist, in the most joyful sense of the word.

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Keeping my ear to the ground: On getting music lessons at a ‘deaf rave’

Date: 12th December 2014

Publication: National Post

It has been spectacularly enlightening to discover that I could learn more about the nature of sound from those who cannot hear than from anyone else.

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Hats off to Chapelier Fou – the violinist taking us through the looking glass…

Date: 13th November 2014

Publication: The Monitors

Every once in a while a musician comes along who reminds you of the redemptive power of music. Why sonic combinations make life worth living.

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ The Shacklewell Arms

Date: 12th November 2014

Publication: The Monitors

If you manage to get a mosh pit going – complete with crowd surfers grabbing the projector cables from the ceiling, hanging off the rafters and falling head-first onto the concrete floor – from 45 seconds into the first song, then you must be doing something right.

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The Social

20th February 2015

I will be on CTV’s flagship program The Social at 1:40 today discussing sex, love, and music. Stoked? Oh yes.

The Social

My first appearance on mainstream television, ladies and gentlemen. Or – shall I say – just the ladies. Canada’s The Social, a lively interactive chat show featuring some of the country’s sassiest broadcasters. Check out the segment here.

In the nude pumps, according to my friends, I did “an excellent impression of Kate Middleton” (sigh), but I would like the jury to note, Kate never spoke on national telly about babies on acid.

My Hero

6th February 2015

On January 17th, 2015 I lost my hero. This is my tribute to Don Harron – a true feminist, in the very best sense of the word.

Start The Week

19th December 2014

I’ll be on Start The Week on BBC Radio 4 on December 22nd at 9am to discuss hedonism, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director Greg Doran, who is staging Henry IV this month, and Kurt Lampe of Bristol University, an academic studying the tensions between the Hedonists and the Epicureans in the 4th century BC.

SDRR: The Soundtrack

18th December 2014

I’ve put together a track list of tunes on Rdio to accompany my book, featuring all the artists mentioned. From wreck heads to tee totalers, classical composers to electronic masterminds, I hope you enjoy this sample of the noises that humans can make.

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