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Volume 41 Number 4
21 February 2019

LRB blog 15 February 2019

Hugh Pennington
Not enough insects?

14 February 2019

Sam Kinchin-Smith
At the Théâtre de la Ville

12 February 2019

Harry Stopes
The Thin Blue Line


3 January 2019

Billy Beswick
At Peking University

24 January 2019

Jamie Martin
The Bank of England

4 February 1982

John Maynard Smith
Genes and Memes

In the next issue, which will be dated 7 March, Christopher Clark on 1848, the second of this year’s LRB Winter Lectures.

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Patricia Lockwood

The Internet and Me

She opened the portal, and the mind met her more than halfway. Inside, it was tropical and snowing, and the first flake of the blizzard of everything landed on her tongue and melted. Close-ups of nail art, a pebble from outer space, a tarantula’s compound eyes, a storm like canned peaches on the surface of Jupiter, Van Gogh’s Potato Eaters, a chihuahua perched on a man’s erection, a garage door spray-painted with the words ‘STOP NOW! DON’T EMAIL MY WIFE!’ More

Nicholas Spice

On Loathing Rees-Mogg

Brexit will give us back control of our borders. For the person who is temperamentally safer at home than abroad, this makes sense and can only be good. But for me the UK Border is a threat not a reassurance. Theresa May presumably felt a deep affinity with the Border Force when she was home secretary. She’s someone who likes things to be well defined. She has her red lines. She’s the exception to the adage ‘Nomen est omen’: she should have been called Theresa Must. More

Chris Mullin

The Birmingham Bombers

He lived on a bleak housing estate and was in his early thirties. He had been involved in seven or eight other city-centre bombings before the pub bombings. He set out to give me a sanitised version of his career, but as we started discussing the night of 21 November his voice began to tremble and fade away. At first, he lied, saying he had been warned to stay at home that night because something big was going to happen. ‘I think you were in the pubs,’ I said to him. There was a long silence. We were sitting on the floor. He stared straight ahead, smoking. Then it all came tumbling out. This is what he told me. More

Jackson Lears

America Intervenes

FDR’s capacious style of leadership has vanished from the scene. In the shadow of the Pentagon, no one dares to reassert a sceptical perspective. This is a major loss. Despite his attraction to missionary diplomacy, FDR remained committed to a traditional notion of international law, which allowed nations to respond militarily only if their own or others’ territorial boundaries had been violated. Not even his most expansive formulations included ‘regime change’. How he would have responded to the militarist posturing that passes for foreign policy debate in Washington today, who can say? More

At the Movies
Michael Wood

Short Cuts
Christopher Tayler


VIDEO The Communal Mind

Alan Bennett

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No Deal Brexit

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