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Volume 39 Number 2
19 January 2017

LRB blog 20 January 2017

Deborah Friedell
He won, won, won

20 January 2017

Inigo Thomas
Pinter’s ‘American Football’

20 January 2017

August Kleinzahler
Inauguration Day


25 April 2002

Peter Campbell
How Rainbows Work

28 May 1992

Jenny Diski

7 April 1994

Edward Luttwak
Why Fascism is the Wave of the Future

In the next issue, which will be dated 2 February, William Davies on central banks and central bankers, Adam Mars-Jones on Joy Williams and John Lahr on Bruce Springsteen

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Arthur Snell

How to Read the Trump Dossier

What should an experienced reader of intelligence make of the dossier? A small number of the reports appear to contain well-sourced, triangulated intelligence. That does not make them true, but the reader may usefully assume their likelihood while considering wider evidence. Other reports are hard to credit; this does not make them false, but the reader should treat their claims with scepticism even where there seems to be corroboration or confirmation. More


Rebecca Solnit

Penis Power

Hillary Clinton was all that stood between us and a reckless, unstable, ignorant, inane, infinitely vulgar, climate-change-denying white-nationalist misogynist with authoritarian ambitions and kleptocratic plans. A lot of people, particularly white men, could not bear her, and that is as good a reason as any for Trump’s victory. Over and over again, I heard men declare that she had failed to make them vote for her. They saw the loss as hers rather than ours, and they blamed her for it, as though election was a gift they withheld. More

Alexander Briant

Oil Industry Corruption

‘Eileen’ tells me that the crime ring is making money hand over fist. She is the only one standing up to them. She cannot provide documentation – that would be too risky for her – but she names names. She speaks slowly, deliberately, weighing each word. ‘I am so confident that my words that no one wants to hear will be of good help to you. Please treat this as confidential because no one else has heard what you are hearing now. For the sake of my life and that of my family.’ Feebly, I tell her that I will do my best. More

Adam Shatz

Frantz Fanon’s Revolution

Author of the anti-racist jeremiad Black Skin, White Masks; spokesman for the Algerian Revolution and author of The Wretched of the Earth, the ‘bible’ of decolonisation; inspiration to Third World revolutionaries from the refugee camps of Palestine to the back streets of Tehran and Beirut, Harlem and Oakland; founder, avant la lettre, of post-colonialism; hero to the alienated banlieusards of France, who feel as if the Battle of Algiers never ended, but simply moved to the cités: Frantz Fanon has been remembered in a lot of ways, but almost all of them have foregrounded his advocacy of resistance, especially violent resistance. More

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