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Volume 37 Number 23
3 December 2015

LRB blog 27 November 2015

Glen Newey
Unwinnable War Two

27 November 2015

Aaron Bastani
What does Osborne want?

27 November 2015

Anna Aslanyan
Cold Homes Kill


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Howard Hotson
For-Profit Universities

22 October 2015

Deborah Friedell
Trump and Son

5 November 2015

Nathan Thrall
Israel’s Allies

In the next issue, which will be dated 17 December, Julian Barnes on Flaubert, prostitution and 19th-century French painting at the Musée d’Orsay.


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The Little Red Chairs: Edna O'Brien and Andrew O'Hagan

Wednesday 2 December at 6.00 P.M.

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Monday 7 December at 7.00 P.M.

The Art of Short Fiction: Helen Simpson and Marina Warner

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Adam Shatz

Magical Thinking about Isis

Before the Lebanese civil war, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East. Today, Paris looks more and more like the Beirut of Western Europe, a city of incendiary ethnic tension, hostage-taking and suicide bombs. Parisians have returned to the streets, and to their cafés, with the same commitment to normality that the Lebanese have almost miraculously exhibited since the mid-1970s. Même pas peur, they have declared with admirable defiance on posters, and on the walls of the place de la République. But the fear is pervasive, and it’s not confined to France. More

David Runciman

Thatcher in Her Bubble

The modern Conservative Party is never happier than when Labour has a unilateral disarmer as its leader. In 1986 Margaret Thatcher arrived at her party’s annual conference in Bournemouth with a spring in her step, despite having endured months of bruising political infighting. She promptly fell over a manhole cover and sprained her ankle but even this did little to dampen her spirits. The reason for her good mood was that over the previous two weeks both the Liberal and Labour Party Conferences had voted in favour of unilateral nuclear disarmament. More

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Soon after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a book called The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was published, describing one New Jersey man’s dual existence as a top student at Yale and an incorrigible drug dealer.  Peace was an alarmingly precocious black boy whose mother toiled in hospital kitchens to raise the money to send him to parochial schools, where he thrived. His father, a magnetic hustler his mother refused to marry, was an active presence in his early life; he taught his son how to use his fists and decode the logic of the streets.  More

Mary-Kay Wilmers

Marianne Moore and Mother

Marianne Moore was born in her mother’s childhood bedroom; grown up, she lived with her mother – most often shared her bed – until her mother died. She was then 59 and her mother 85; she lived another 25 years and died a happy spinster, a famous poet and a grande dame. Mary Warner Moore – the mother in question – had scarcely had a mother, which must be to the point. The one she was born to died two years later and the aunt who replaced her was judged unsatisfactory and dismissed after less than a year – two mothers lost before she was three. More

Short Cuts
John Lanchester

At the Barbican
Rosemary Hill