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Volume 36 No 18
25 September 2014

LRB blog 19 September 2014

James Meek
The Morning After

18 September 2014

Linda Holt
It isn’t about independence

18 September 2014

Bernard Porter
Types of Colonialism


13 September 2012

Terry Eagleton
‘Fanny Hill’

22 February 2001

Wynne Godley

26 October 1989

Mary-Kay Wilmers
Goodness me

In the next issue, which will be dated 9 October, the second part of Jenny Diski’s memoir, which will be published in instalments in the LRB; James Meek on Ukip; Laura Jacobs on George Balanchine.


Tuesday 23 September at 7.00 P.M.

Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent: Douglas Coupland with Alain de Botton

Friday 26 September at 7.00 P.M.

Nowhere People: An evening with Paulo Scott

Tuesday 30 September at 7.00 P.M.

Labyrinth: Will Self and Mark Wallinger

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Frances Stonor Saunders

Pasternak and the Valet

Isaiah Berlin was on his honeymoon – he married late – when he first read Dr Zhivago. It was the evening of Saturday, 18 August 1956, and he had just made the short journey back to Moscow from the village of Peredelkino, where he had spent the day with Boris Pasternak. Pasternak’s dacha was part of a complex set up on Stalin’s orders in 1934 to reward the Soviet Union’s most prominent writers. One of them, Korney Chukovsky, described the scheme as ‘entrapping writers within a cocoon of comforts, surrounding them with a network of spies’. More

Ian Penman

Elvis looks for meaning

In the spring of 1965, on the road between Memphis and Hollywood, desert plains all around, his bloodstream torqued by a tinnital static of prescription ups and downs, Elvis Presley finally broke down. He poured out his troubles to Larry Geller, celebrity hair stylist and, lately, something of a spirit guide for Elvis. Geller had given him a mind-expanding reading list of what we would now recognise as New Age self-help books. Elvis had read them all, performed all the meditations, but didn’t feel the light, not in mind, body or soul. The fire refused to descend; his spiritual air remained a vacuum. More

Melanie McFadyean

In the Wrong Crowd

‘You do not need to deliver the fatal blow or even be at the actual scene of the killing to be found guilty and sent to jail,’ Detective Inspector John McFarlane said after the conviction of 17 of the 20 young people jointly charged with the murder of 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria Station in March 2010: ‘the law on joint enterprise is clear and unforgiving.’ To be found guilty of murder as an individual it must be proved beyond reasonable doubt that you intended to kill or cause serious harm resulting in death. More

Andrew O’Hagan

The Good Traitor

What Greenwald loves is a story of injustice, and that is what we get, a sound argument peppered with outrage. He has strong grounds for complaint. Not only was he branded a collaborator – in the world of journalism now, when it comes to security stories, one is either a stooge or a patriot, never just a reporter – but Greenwald had to suffer the punishment of seeing his husband detained at Heathrow airport. Waves of American scaremongering about the clear and present danger of terrorist activity on the homeland has changed both America and Britain. More

Short Cuts
Jeremy Harding

In Cardiff
John Barrell

At the Movies
Michael Wood