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Volume 40 Number 20
25 October 2018

LRB blog 15 October 2018

Greg Afinogenov
The Voyage of the ‘Pobeda’

12 October 2018

Erica Eisen
The Oldest Printed Book in the World

12 October 2018

The Editors
A Sale of Two Cities: The End


11 October 2018

Thomas Laqueur
Lynched for Drinking from a White Man’s Well

4 November 2010

Terry Castle
Sarah Bernhardt

27 September 2018

Tom Crewe
Here was a plague

In the next issue, which will be dated 8 November, Malcolm Gaskill on the life and afterlife of a First World War airman, Swati Dhingra on the consequences of ‘No Deal’, Tessa Hadley on Michael Ondaatje.

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Eliot Weinberger

Ten (More) Days in America

On Brett Kavanaugh’s first day as justice, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a ruling written by Kavanaugh himself in 2017 when he was an appellate court judge. Kavanaugh had determined that the EPA lacked the authority under the Clean Air Act to enforce an Obama administration rule regulating hydrofluorocarbons, industrial chemicals that deplete the ozone. (And so it begins.) More

Meehan Crist

Am I My Mother-in-Law?

Before I got pregnant, I thought I understood how DNA works: parents pass on some combination of their DNA, which codes for various heritable traits, to their children, who pass on some combination to their children, and so on down the neat branching lines of the genealogical tree. What I didn’t know was that women can also receive DNA from their children. More

Christopher Tayler

The Psychologicals

On the one hand, it’s clearly part of Anna Burns’s project in Milkman to redescribe the Troubles without using such terms as ‘the Troubles’, ‘Britain’ and ‘Ireland’, ‘Protestant’ and ‘Catholic’, ‘RUC’ and ‘IRA’. On the other, the narrator’s mad, first-principles language, with its abundance of phrases in inverted commas and sudden changes of register, is also used to describe the inner world of a young woman with no idea whom to tell, and no templates for what she might say, when she’s stalked and groomed by a powerful older man. The public-political and the personal-political aren’t easily disentangled, and there’s no reason that they should be. But the plot complicates the reader’s – and the narrator’s – sense of the way they interact. More

Nico Muhly

How I Write Music

The primary task, I feel, is to create a piece of art that is better than the same amount of silence; I would prefer to sit silently thinking for ten minutes than to listen to certain pieces of music, and therefore feel that it is my duty as a composer to occupy the time of the listener and the musicians with something challenging, engaging and emotionally alluring. I don’t want to play them a movie with a clear exposition, obvious climax and poignant conclusion, nor do I want to drop them blind into a bat cave of aggressively perplexing musical jabs. I try to create an environment that suggests motion but that doesn’t insist on certain things being felt at certain times. Mapping the piece’s route helps me avoid the temptation of the romantic journey or the provocateur’s dungeon. More

Short Cuts
Daniel Soar

At the Movies
Michael Wood


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