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Josh Spero is the editor of Spear’s. Before Spear’s, he was at The Independent and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Economist and the National Theatre. He is a regular guest on CNBC and has appeared on the BBC World Service and radio and TV stations around the world to talk about everything from finance to art. He is a co-founder of theartsdesk.com, Britain’s first critic-run arts review website. Twitter: @joshspero.
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