Passports as mag­i­cal ob­jects

On the eve of Brexit, some thoughts on pass­ports:

Passports seem like the 21st cen­tury ver­sion of a mag­i­cal tal­is­man — they’re ubiq­ui­tous, yet we have only vague ideas about what they do and how they work. Perhaps in line with the end of the en­light­en­ment.