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Volume 36 No 16
21 August 2014

LRB blog 2 September 2014

Tariq Ali
What’s going on in Pakistan?

1 September 2014

Aaron Bastani
The World According to Gnarr

29 August 2014

Ursula Lindsey
‘Syria Speaks’


22 May 2014

John Lanchester

20 March 2014

Mary Beard
The Public Voice of Women

17 July 2014

Emily Witt
Burning Man

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


Tuesday 2 September at 7.00 P.M.

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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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