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Volume 37 Number 13
2 July 2015

LRB blog 3 July 2015

Jeremy Harding
At the French Institute

3 July 2015

Nicola Perugini
1-800-mossad

2 July 2015

Thomas Jones
Whose Borges?

MOST READ

16 July 2015

Hugh Roberts
What will happen to Syria?

23 May 1985

Alan Bennett
The Wrong Blond

30 March 2000

Hilary Mantel
Springtime for Robespierre

In the next issue, which will be dated 16 July, Hugh Roberts on the making of the Syrian catastrophe.

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FROM THE NEXT ISSUE

Hugh Roberts: What will happen to Syria?

Syria is where, in the aftermath of the Second World War, the most politically developed and socially radical version of the dream of Arab unity was conceived by the founders of the Arab Socialist Baath (‘resurrection’) Party. It is also the terminus of the Arab Spring. More

FROM THE LATEST ISSUE

Scott Ritter

‘We ain’t found shit’

Nuclear negotiations between Iran and what’s known as the P-5 + 1 group of nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) are scheduled to conclude on 30 June. A ‘framework agreement’ was set out in April, but still at issue is what kind of access inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will have. Iran has agreed to inspections of all the sites it has declared are being used to develop its nuclear power programme. The US insists that any agreement must also address what it calls ‘possible military dimensions’. More

Patrick Cockburn

Why join Islamic State?

On 16 June, Kurdish militiamen, with the support of US airstrikes, captured the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, a major crossing point on the Syrian-Turkish border. Its fall is damaging to Islamic State: it cuts the road linking the caliphate’s unofficial Syrian capital at Raqqa, sixty miles to the south, to Turkey and the outside world. Down this road have come thousands of foreign volunteers, many of whom became suicide bombers. Now the movement is all the other way: some 23,000 Arab and Turkmen refugees have fled into Turkey to escape the advancing Kurds. More


Ian Penman

Swoonatra

Even into late middle age, even for his closest buddies, carousing with Sinatra was a serious three-line whip: beg off early, fall asleep, order a coffee instead of Jack Daniels, and you risked expulsion, exile, the Antarctica of his disaffection. He could not abide the ends of days: it was one thing he had no control over. So he made an enemy of the clock, of merely human time, each night’s feeble apocalypse: that dire moment when the ring-a-ding bell must be wrapped in cotton wool and stowed away. Then came the risky, occluded territory of sleep. More

August Kleinzahler

John Berryman

As John Berryman tells it, in a Paris Review interview conducted in 1970, he was walking to a bar in Minneapolis one evening in the mid-1950s with his second wife, Anne, the two of them joking back and forth, when Berryman volunteered that he ‘hated the name Mabel more than any other female name’. Anne decided Henry was the name she found ‘unbearable’. For a long time afterwards, ‘in the most cosy and affectionate lover kind of talk … she was Mabel and I was Henry.’ Not long after that Berryman began to write his Dream Songs with a song he later ‘killed’. More

At Waterloo
Rosemary Hill

Short Cuts
Chase Madar

At the Movies
Michael Wood


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