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Volume 37 Number 17
10 September 2015

LRB blog 2 September 2015

The Editors
How bad can you get?

2 September 2015

Peter Pomerantsev
Propaganda at the Proms

1 September 2015

Thomas Jones
Death in Palagonia

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Jerry Coyne
There’s more to life than DNA

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W.G. Runciman
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore

In the next issue, which will be dated 24 September, Thomas Laqueur on the concentration camp system.

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

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Kirsty Gunn on Katherine Mansfield

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Julian Barnes on Van Gogh
John Lanchester

Let’s all go to Mars

Some stories are so well known in outline that we don’t really know them at all. The headline news about the Wright brothers’ invention of powered flight is so familiar that it’s easy to think we know all about it. David McCullough’s excellent biography The Wright Brothers brings the story back to life with facts that the non-specialist either doesn’t know or has blotted out with a misplaced broad brush. Yeah yeah, we get it: the brothers were provincial tinkerers who first flew their invention at Kitty Hawk, then became world-famous. More

Joanna Biggs

Elena Ferrante

Are Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan novels even books? I began to doubt it when I talked about them with other people – mostly women. We returned to life too quickly as we spoke: who was your Lila, the childhood friend who effortlessly dazzled everyone? Or – a question not happily answered – were you Lila? S. said she had got back in touch with an estranged friend to give her the first volume in the series; K. felt that, impossibly, embarrassingly even, the books captured how she’d gone about finding an intellectual identity for herself. More


Fredric Jameson

In Hyperspace

It is probably not immediately obvious what interest a new theoretical study of science fiction holds for the mainstream adepts of literary theory; and no doubt it is just as perplexing to SF scholars, for whom this particular subgenre of the subgenre, the time-travel narrative, is as exceptional among and uncharacteristic of their major texts as SF itself is with regard to official Literature. To be sure, so-called alternative or counterfactual histories have gained popularity and a certain respectability; my personal favourite is Terry Bisson’s Fire on the Mountain. More

Gary Indiana

The Brothers Tsarnaev

On 24 June, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of two Chechen-American brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing on 15 April 2013, was sentenced to death in a Boston federal court. (His older brother, Tamerlan, died following a street battle with police in Watertown, Massachusetts several nights after the bombing.) The brothers had placed, and detonated by remote control, two explosive devices fashioned from pressure cookers stuffed with shrapnel; three people were killed in the blasts, and more than 260 others suffered serious, permanent injuries. More

On Putting Things Off
Robert Hanks

At Tate Modern
Nicholas Spice

Short Cuts
Jeff Kingston


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