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Volume 37 Number 16
27 August 2015

LRB blog 28 August 2015

R.W. Johnson

28 August 2015

The Editors
Read Everywhere

27 August 2015

Julie Walsh
Dog Fights


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Jerry Coyne
There’s more to life than DNA

10 June 1999

W.G. Runciman
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore

8 March 2001

Adrian Woolfson
The Century of the Gene by Evelyn Fox Keller

In the next issue, which will be dated 10 September, John Lanchester on Elon Musk, Fredric Jameson on time travel, Max Hastings on his family’s First World War.


Wednesday 2 September at 6.00 P.M.

September Late Night Shopping

Wednesday 9 September at 7.00 P.M.

The Novel: A Survival Skill: Tim Parks in conversation with Miranda Seymour

Thursday 10 September at 7.00 P.M.

Kirsty Gunn on Katherine Mansfield

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Jan-Werner Müller

The Problems of the Eurozone

Never before have the struggles among national elites been as visible to the public as they were in the early weeks of this summer, when Greece almost left – or was made to leave – the Eurozone. Never before has an assertion of national popular will, as expressed in the Greek referendum of 5 July, been flouted so thoroughly and so quickly by the enforcers of European economic orthodoxy. Never before have the flaws of the Eurozone been so clearly exposed. We can expect more Greek drama before too long: the real struggle over the Eurozone – and the EU more broadly – is just beginning. More

Avies Platt

An Encounter with Yeats

One evening in the spring of 1937 I was in London, at the Grafton Galleries. The occasion was an open meeting of the Sex Education Society. This Society was an offshoot of the World League for Sexual Reform, and existed to further an enlightened attitude to all aspects of sex. The members were progressively minded men and women from many fields of life; some were humble individuals like myself; others were distinguished persons. The president was Dr – or, as he prefers, for he is proud of being a surgeon – Mr Norman Haire. More

Owen Bennett-Jones

Suburban Jihadis

I had my first brush with British militant Islam in Kabul in 1999. Much of the traffic consisted of Toyota pickup trucks crammed with ferocious looking, armed Taliban fighters, their faces framed by long beards and black turbans. On one occasion I was stuck behind one of these vehicles when my driver attempted a somewhat reckless overtaking manoeuvre. As he edged past, a fast-moving oncoming vehicle forced us to swerve abruptly in front of the Toyota. I looked back to see one of the Talibs giving my driver the finger and yelling ‘Wank-eeeer!’ More

Stephen Sedley

The Right to Die

When suicide was decriminalised in 1961, assisting suicide continued to be a crime. This was in part an acceptance of the theological view of suicide as murder, but it was also a recognition of the difficulty in many cases, with the main actor by definition unable to testify, of distinguishing assisted dying from culpable homicide. The simple binary system that resulted, however, failed to take account of cases in which the deceased’s wish to die was explicit, considered and rational, and the need for help in accomplishing it demonstrable. More

Short Cuts
David Runciman

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