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Volume 37 Number 20
22 October 2015

LRB blog 9 October 2015

Oscar Webb
On Lesbos

9 October 2015

M.G. Zimeta
Politicians’ Poets

7 October 2015

Glen Newey
Cameron’s Pep Talk


21 May 2015

Seymour M. Hersh
The Killing of Osama bin Laden

4 December 2014

Nathan Thrall
Rage in Jerusalem

5 March 2015

John Lanchester
The robots are coming

In the next issue, which will be dated 5 November, Patrick Cockburn reports from Syria; Thomas Chatterton Williams on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me; Christopher Tayler on Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings.


Thursday 15 October at 6.30 P.M.

The second Annual London Review Cake Shop Pickle Competition

Monday 19 October at 6.30 P.M.

Masterclass: Translating Crime with Kari Dickson

Saturday 24 October at 2.00 P.M.

Nawal El Saadawi Signing Session

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Paul Myerscough

Corbyn in the Media

‘Corb snubs the queen,’ ran the headline on the front page of the Sun on 16 September, in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s tight-lipped participation in the singing of the national anthem at a commemoration of the Battle of Britain. The Times led with ‘Veterans open fire after Corbyn snubs anthem,’ the Telegraph with ‘Corbyn snubs queen and country.’ Three days into the job as leader of the Labour Party and already he wasn’t doing it right. What colour poppy, white or red, would he wear to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day? More

Andrew O’Hagan

Who’s the alpha male now, bitches?

Christopher Harper-Mercer wrote that he had no life. He had no girlfriend and no job; the world was against him. He lived with his mother only a few miles from the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg, Oregon, and he collected guns. He shot nine people dead at the college on 1 October and injured nine others before killing himself. Harper-Mercer, aged 26, had an online account with the name Lithium_Love; he used it to upload videos about school shootings and he posted blogs about Wes Craven. More

Deborah Friedell

Trump and Son

Tom Sawyer cheats to win a Bible that he doesn’t want. He pretends to have memorised two thousand verses of the New Testament so that he can appear ‘great and conspicuous’. He’s undone when he’s asked to name the first two disciples. When Donald Trump said that the Bible was his favourite book, and then was asked by a reporter to name his favourite verse, he couldn’t lose because he refused to play: ‘I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal. You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal.’ More

Jenny Turner

The Entire History of Sex

Most writers she knows, Maggie Nelson writes, ‘nurse persistent fantasies about the horrible things – or the horrible thing – that will happen to them if and when they express themselves as they desire’. Everywhere she goes – ‘especially if I’m in drag as a “memoirist”’ – such fears appear to be uppermost in everybody’s mind. ‘People seem hungry, above all else, for permission, and a guarantee against bad consequences. The first, I try to give; the second is beyond my power.’ But why the fear of writing the thing you really want to? More

At the British Museum
Neal Ascherson

Short Cuts
Ben Jackson

At the Movies
Michael Wood