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Volume 37 Number 15
30 July 2015

LRB blog 4 August 2015

Harry Stopes
At the Universal Congress of Esperanto

31 July 2015

August Kleinzahler
In Montreal

30 July 2015

Matthew Bennett
The Schools Privatisation Project


1 October 1981

Thomas McKeown
Like Hell

10 June 1999

W.G. Runciman
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore

27 April 2000

Jerry Coyne
There’s more to life than DNA

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August Late Night Shopping

Sunday 16 August at 11.00 A.M.

LRB Screen Kids: Howl's Moving Castle

Tuesday 18 August at 7.00 P.M.

Chatto Poets: Liz Berry, Sarah Howe and Helen Mort

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Frederick Wilmot-Smith

Court Cuts

In his first speech as lord chancellor, Michael Gove warned of a ‘dangerous inequality’ in the justice system. There was, he said, a ‘gold standard’ for the wealthy and a ‘creaking, outdated system’ for everyone else. This, from a minister in a government that has made enormous cuts to legal aid, is a little like Orestes asking for mercy on account of his being an orphan. Even so, his diagnosis is correct. What should be done? More

Sheila Fitzpatrick

What Stalin Built

Back in the day, everyone knew that Stalinist architecture was hateful. The Poles notoriously loathed the Palace of Culture and Science that was the gift to war-ruined Warsaw from the Soviet elder brother or – as the Poles saw it – master. Foreigners and sophisticated Russians sneered at Moscow’s wedding-cake buildings and lamented the old Tverskaya that had undergone a Stalinist remake as Gorky Street. More

Julian Barnes

Selfie with ‘Sunflowers’

No one did colour more blatantly and more unexpectedly than Van Gogh. Its blatancy gives his pictures their roaring charm. Colour, he seems to be saying: you haven’t seen colour before, look at this deep blue, this yellow, this black; watch me put them screechingly side by side. Colour for Van Gogh was a kind of noise. At the same time, it couldn’t have seemed more unexpected, coming from the dark, serious, socially concerned young Dutchman. More

Rosemary Hill

Edward and Mrs Simpson

Unlike the Mosleys the Windsors seem to have had no ideological commitment to the Nazi regime, or to anything else either. They drifted into the relationship with Germany, which was to tarnish their reputation for ever, propelled by nothing more than a desire to assert themselves and annoy the rest of the immediate family. How far relations went is unclear. Wallis was rumoured to have had an affair in London with Ribbentrop. More

At the Watts Gallery
Julian Bell

Short Cuts
Andrew O’Hagan

At the Movies
Michael Wood