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Volume 38 Number 11
2 June 2016

LRB blog 26 May 2016

Michael Carlson
Homage to Madeleine LeBeau

25 May 2016

Hugh Pennington
Rise of the Superbugs

24 May 2016

Rajeev Balasubramanyam
No thank you, Jeeves

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Colin Burrow
Pepys

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Peter Neumann
Assad and the Jihadists

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John Lloyd
First you get beaten up, then you beat up others

In the next issue, which will be dated 16 June, James Meek on farming, food and Europe.

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Naomi Klein

Let Them Drown

Environmentalism might have looked like a bourgeois playground to Edward Said. The Israeli state has long coated its nation-building project in a green veneer – it was a key part of the Zionist ‘back to the land’ pioneer ethos. And in this context trees, specifically, have been among the most potent weapons of land grabbing and occupation. It’s not only the countless olive and pistachio trees that have been uprooted to make way for settlements and Israeli-only roads. It’s also the sprawling pine and eucalyptus forests that have been planted over those orchards, as well as over Palestinian villages. More

Jan-Werner Müller

Breurope

Far from concentrating minds, Brexit has been treated as yet another distraction in an EU facing multiple threats of disintegration. At last autumn’s summit meetings, convened to address the refugee crisis, other member states made clear their view that dealing with the UK was like trying to manage a narcissistic child. Ten years ago, London might have had a different vision for Europe and been taken seriously, even rallied other member states. Now Britain is seen not just as inward-looking, but as selfish and sullen. Cameron has removed the UK from the project of determining the Union’s future as a whole. More


T.J. Clark

Picasso and the Fall of Europe

It was only in the real-size, forty-piece Fall of Icarus that Picasso escaped from Cubism – from the studio, from ‘viewpoint’, from proximity and tactility, from the whole spatial and figurative world of Guernica – and showed us the world after epic. More

Ian Jack

The Perfect Editor

When I started work in the Sunday Times newsroom in 1970, my colleagues would sometimes describe the Observer half-admiringly as ‘a writers’ paper’, to be enjoyed for the quality of its prose rather than the level of its information. More

Short Cuts
Deborah Friedell

At the Barbican
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