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Volume 37 Number 5
5 March 2015

LRB blog 5 March 2015

Lorna Finlayson
Brand v. Rawls

5 March 2015

Roxana Badin
My Grandfather in the Trees

3 March 2015

Conrad Landin
Not Just Security


26 April 2012

Anne Carson
No One Could Relax around Jezebel

19 November 1981

Norman Malcolm
Wittgenstein’s Confessions

23 March 2006

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
The Israel Lobby

In the next issue, which will be dated 19 March, Marina Warner on the new ways of the universities.


Wednesday 11 March at 7.00 P.M.

The Extreme Centre: An Evening with Tariq Ali

Tuesday 17 March at 7.00 P.M.

Russian Twentieth-Century Poetry

Wednesday 18 March at 7.00 P.M.

An Evening with Sujata Bhatt and Elaine Feinstein

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John Lanchester

The robots are coming

In 1996, in response to the 1992 Russo-American moratorium on nuclear testing, the US government started a programme called the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative. The suspension of testing had created a need to be able to run complex computer simulations of how old weapons were ageing, for safety reasons, and also – it’s a dangerous world out there! – to design new weapons without breaching the terms of the moratorium. More

Adam Phillips

Against Self-Criticism

Lacan said that there was surely something ironic about Christ’s injunction to love thy neighbour as thyself – because actually, of course, people hate themselves. Or you could say that, given the way people treat one another, perhaps they had always loved their neighbours in the way they loved themselves: that is, with a good deal of cruelty and disregard. ‘After all,’ Lacan writes, ‘the people who followed Christ were not so brilliant.’ More

Jenny Diski

The Look on My Face

A few years ago, someone asked how it came about that I ended up living with Doris Lessing in my teens. I was in the middle of the story of the to-ing and fro-ing between my parents and was finally reaching the psychiatric hospital bit when the man said something extraordinary, something that had never occurred to me or to anyone else to whom I’d told the story. ‘Why didn’t you just do what you were told?’ he asked. I was lost for words. More

Andrew McGettigan

Who profits from student loans?

Student loans are in principle a straightforward business. The government lends students money; after they graduate, they begin repaying it. From the perspective of politicians and the Treasury the advantage of loans over grants is clear: the money isn’t simply given away, it comes back over the lifetime of the loan. Even better, in the national accounts the loans are classified as ‘financial transactions’, not ‘expenditure’. More

Short Cuts
Daniel Trilling

At the RA
Julian Bell

At the Movies
Michael Wood