LRB Winter Lectures 2015

The New World Disorder

Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali has written two dozen books since he came to prominence in the 1960s, including The Obama Syndrome, Can Pakistan Survive? and A Banker for All Seasons, as well as the historical novel cycle The Islam Quintet. He is an editor of the New Left Review.

Tariq Ali on The New Wolrd Disorder

Against Self-Criticism

Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst, who worked for 17 years at Charing Cross Hospital. He has written 19 books, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; Going Sane and Missing Out. He is the general editor of the new Penguin Freud.

Adam Phillips on why we hate ourselves

Learning My Lesson

Marina Warner

Marina Warner is professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. She has written 16 works of non-fiction, on subjects such as the Virgin Mary, fairy tales and monsters, as well as five novels. She resigned from the University of Essex in summer 2014.

Marina Warner on the betrayal of higher education.

You can also read, and listen to, each of the talks in our 2014 Winter Lecture series.

On Not Going Home

James Wood explores the estrangement of voluntary emigration: the puzzling sense of losing the country you leave and failing to find another. Homelessness, in a word.

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The Public Voice of Women

Mary Beard reflects on the way women are heard – and have been heard – in public, from Homer’s Odyssey through Margaret Thatcher to internet trolls. How gendered is public speech? What threatens to undermine the authority of womens’ voices?

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Julian Assange

Andrew O’Hagan spent six months with Julian Assange helping him write his autobiography, though in the event Assange didn’t want the book published. O’Hagan speaks about those six months for the first time.

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