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Volume 38 Number 9
5 May 2016

LRB blog 2 May 2016

Josh Stupple
‘Satoshi, Baby!’

29 April 2016

Glen Newey
Investors v. States

29 April 2016

Ash Sarkar
Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’


21 May 2015

Seymour M. Hersh
The Killing of Osama bin Laden

17 April 2014

Seymour M. Hersh
Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

21 August 2003

Judith Butler
The right to criticise Israel

In the next issue, which will be dated 19 May, ‘Kinsella in His Hole’, a story by Hilary Mantel; Daniel Smith on autism; Charles Nicholl on The Shakespeare Circle.

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Andrew O’Hagan

The Search for Satoshi

People told me not to believe this dubious man who appeared out of the blue in London last December, the man who said he was Satoshi Nakamoto, inventor of bitcoin. ‘I want you to tell it warts and all,’ he said. The unmasking of Satoshi had begun. More

Jacqueline Rose

Trans Narratives

Today, trans people – men, women, neither, both – are taking the public stage more than ever before. In the words of a Time magazine cover story in June last year, trans is ‘America’s next civil rights frontier’. Perhaps, even though it doesn’t always look this way on the ground, trans activists will also – just – be in a position to advance what so often seems impossible: a political movement that tells it how it uniquely is, without separating one struggle for equality and human dignity from all the rest. More

James Meek

The Great Train Robbery

People who live in cities assume their city is a thing in the way they talk about it. They ‘hate’ London, they ‘adore’ Belfast. We don’t speak of the railways as a whole in that way even though we move in and out of the railways constantly, and spend hours – years – of our lives there. The railways may, as Simon Bradley writes, be ‘a uniquely discrete system: a separate domain ... ruled by their own mysterious rhythms and laws’, but you seldom hear ‘I love the railways,’ or ‘I hate the railways.’ More

Christopher Tayler

Pure Vibe

Zero K doubles down on Don DeLillo’s inward-looking impulse, but in other ways, length included, it’s his most expansive book since the 1990s. It’s also a kind of greatest-hits compilation of earlier motifs and gestures, featuring as it does a remote scientific complex, an apocalyptic explosion in Russia, a dead woman whose consciousness is mysteriously preserved, a long car ride through New York City, art-cinematic visual flourishes, cryptic futurological speeches, and a sudden quasi-Oedipal sex scene. More

Alice Spawls

Does one flare or cling?

British Vogue was born in September 1916, when German U-boats prevented the Americans from transporting their edition to British shores. Condé Nast, who had bought the US version in 1909, wasn’t taking any risks by launching a British edition: American Vogue was the second most popular reading material in the trenches (after the Saturday Evening Post) and that was just the men. Its US editor, Edna Woolman Chase, claimed they liked the frills and furbelows: ‘a vastly different diet from mud and uniforms, boredom and death’. More

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Stuck in Sicily
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