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Volume 36 No 16
21 August 2014

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Ursula Lindsey
‘Syria Speaks’

28 August 2014

Anna Aslanyan
At the Fringe

27 August 2014

Josh Allen
At the Polling Station


11 October 2012

James Wood
‘The Portrait of a Lady’

3 April 2014

Peter Neumann
Assad and the Jihadists

18 November 1993

Andrew O’Hagan
Walk on by

In the next issue, which will be dated 11 September, the first instalment of a memoir by Jenny Diski.


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How to be Both: Ali Smith in conversation with Alex Clark

Wednesday 3 September at 6.00 P.M.

September Customer Evening

Thursday 11 September at 7.00 P.M.

Shark: An Evening with Will Self

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Jenny Diski

‘Orange Is the New Black’

I finished OITNB because I’d started, but I’ve ended up baffled by the lack of criticism. It’s easy enough to get carried along from episode to episode. The show is a repertory piece, and a masterclass on how to manipulate the viewer with capsule narratives that lead to regular delicious paroxysms of love and hate. More

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Boyhood’

The opposite of time-lapse photography would seem to be slow motion, but there is an alternative: elision. You can lose time or hide it, put it away for two years or nine years, and then invite it back for a visit. Movies (and novels) do this regularly as a matter of narrative efficiency: you cut out the ‘and then and then’ and go straight to the next chosen moment, from the take-off to the landing say, without the details of the long flight. But they don’t always invite you to ponder the missing minutes or years, as Richard Linklater’s films do. More

Nicholas Blincoe

Phantom Bids

The distance between the Palestinian leadership and the Diaspora has never been greater. Palestinians living under occupation see all the faults of the Palestinian Authority in fine detail, yet continue to recognise the need for leadership; the Diaspora, in contrast, has headed off in a more freelance, anarchic direction. More

Owen Hatherley

What happened to London?

One simple way of grasping the magnitude of what has happened to London over the last thirty years is to compare the introductions to the first and most recent editions of Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward’s Guide to the Architecture of London. In 1983, they wrote of a city in decline, its population down by about a sixth from its postwar height. More

Ferdinand Mount


‘You could not stand five minutes with that man beneath a shed while it rained, but you must be convinced you had been standing with the greatest man you had ever yet seen.’ Dr Johnson’s remark on Edmund Burke, related in one of Hester Thrale’s anecdotes, is unforgettable. The greatest Tory of the 18th century takes off his hat and makes the lowest possible bow. More

Nathan Thrall

Hamas’s Chances

For Hamas, the choice wasn’t so much between peace and war as between slow strangulation and a war that had a chance, however slim, of loosening the squeeze. It sees itself in a battle for its survival. Its future in Gaza hangs on the outcome. Like Israel, it’s been careful to set rather limited aims, goals to which much of the international community is sympathetic. More

Patrick Cockburn

Isis consolidates

As the attention of the world focused on Ukraine and Gaza, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) captured a third of Syria in addition to the quarter of Iraq it had seized in June. The frontiers of the new Caliphate declared by Isis on 29 June are expanding by the day and now cover an area larger than Great Britain and inhabited by at least six million people. More

At Tate Modern
Tony Wood

Short Cuts
Andrew O’Hagan