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Volume 40 Number 4
22 February 2018

LRB blog 22 February 2018

Jackson Lears
Russiagate Revisited

21 February 2018

Bernard Porter
Czech Spies and Other Fantasists

20 February 2018

Hugh Pennington
Oxfam, Haiti and Miles’s Law


8 March 2018

Thomas Jones
Into the Woods

8 March 2018

Chris Mullin
Short Cuts

10 November 1988

Mary-Kay Wilmers

In the next issue, which will be dated 8 March, Anne Enright on Adam and Eve, Jeremy Harding on the art and life of Charlotte Salomon, Neal Ascherson on The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.

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Chris Mullin

Corbyn the Collaborator

‘Why are you bothering with a minnow like me?’ I asked. ‘I reckon you are among the top one thousand opinion formers in the country,’ he replied. ‘Well, I must be about number 999,’ I said. ‘The other 999 have been here, too.’ More

Thomas Jones

The Italian Election

Jean-Claude Juncker was reported as saying that ‘we must prepare ourselves for the worst scenario … no operational government in Italy’. I can think of several scenarios a lot worse than that. More


Jacqueline Rose

A Woman’s Agency

Reading the stories of sexual harassment both here and in the US, I have started to feel that all the attention has served not only to bolster the urgent call for a better world but, oddly and at the same time, as a diversionary tactic to help us avoid having to think about sex. Or, to put it another way, if harassment and sexual violence are, as a certain version of radical feminism would have it, the whole story of human sexuality, then we may as well lock the door on who we are and throw away the key. How can we acknowledge the viciousness of sexual harassment while leaving open the question of what sexuality at its wildest – most harmful and most exhilarating, sometimes both together – might be? More

Francis Gooding

The Dying of the Dinosaurs

What colour was a Tyrannosaurus rex? How did an Archaeopteryx court a mate? And how do you paint the visual likeness of something no human eye will ever see? Far from bedevilling the artists who wanted to depict prehistoric creatures and their lost worlds, such conundrums have in fact been invitations to glorious freedom. For nearly two hundred years the resulting genre – now known as palaeoart – has been a playground wherein tyrannosaurids, plesiosaurs and their fellows have not only illustrated scientific knowledge, but acted as scaled and feathered proxies for the anxieties of contemporary life. None of us has ever seen one, but who doesn’t know what a dinosaur looks like? More

Meehan Crist

When the Ice Melts

Higher sea levels mean higher storm surges, like the nine-foot surge that inundated Lower Manhattan and severely affected neighbourhoods in Long Island and New Jersey, but also that low-lying coastal areas, from Bangladesh to Amsterdam, will be underwater in less than a hundred years. It’s worth remembering that two-thirds of the world’s cities sit on coastlines. In a high-emissions scenario, average high tides in New York could be higher than the levels seen during Sandy. A rise in global sea levels of 11 feet would fully submerge cities like Mumbai and a large part of Bangladesh. The question is no longer if – but how high, and how fast. More

Pankaj Mishra

Ta-Nehisi Coates

He visibly struggles with the question ‘Why do white people like what I write?’ This is a fraught issue for the very few writers from formerly colonised countries or historically disadvantaged minorities in the West who are embraced by ‘legacy’ periodicals, and then tasked with representing their people – or country, religion, race, and even continent. Relations between the anointed ‘representative’ writer and those who are denied this privilege by white gatekeepers are notoriously prickly. Coates, a self-made writer, is particularly vulnerable to the charge that he is popular among white liberals since he assuages their guilt about racism. More

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