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Volume 40 Number 18
27 September 2018

LRB blog 19 September 2018

Cait Storr
Deep Water

18 September 2018

Eli Zaretsky
The Mass Psychology of Trumpism

17 September 2018

Jeremy Harding
Who killed Maurice Audin?


13 September 2018

Joanne O’Leary
What makes a waif?

22 January 1987

Patrick O’Brian
Half a pirate

8 July 2010

Jenny Turner
The Institute of Ideas

In the next issue, which will be dated 11 October, David Runciman on Trump’s White House, Colin Burrow on Robert Graves and Patrick Cockburn on Iraq’s cemeteries.

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Tom Crewe

Here was a plague

Aids starts with the deaths. With the dying. At first there was only confusion, incomprehension. Bodies that quickly became unintelligible to themselves. Nightsweats, shingles, thrush, diarrhoea, sores that crowded into mouths and made it impossible to eat. A fantastically rare form of pneumonia. Dementia in men of twenty: brains that shrank and withered. Tuberculosis of the stomach, of the bone marrow. A cancer meant to be slow-moving, to manifest benignly in elderly men from the Mediterranean, which burrowed from the outside in: from marks on the skin, to the stomach and lungs. Non-human illnesses: men dying from the blights of sheep, of birds, of cats, diseases no man had ever died of before. Men dying in the time it takes to catch and throw off a cold: ‘One Thursday,’ David France writes in How to Survive a Plague, ‘sexy Tommy McCarthy from the classifieds department stayed out late at an Yma Sumac concert. Friday he had a fever. Sunday he was hospitalised. Wednesday he was dead.’ More

Lorna Finlayson

Corbyn Now

In the event that Corbyn survives to win an election and form a government, what may be hoped from it? It has often been said that we should not expect his troubles to end when he becomes prime minister, and indeed that this may be the moment when his real problems begin. This is probably true, if not very useful. What we may hope for also depends on a more basic and fundamental question. If you think that capitalism can be managed in such a way as to afford a decent life for all, then it is precisely this we should hope for and demand from a Labour victory under Corbyn. If not, the hope must be for something else. More

Adam Mars-Jones

Sally Rooney

Normal People doesn’t bear much resemblance to apprentice work. The evenness of Rooney’s attention is a huge asset, page by page, and the sign of an unusual sensibility. The only question is whether she gives quite enough shape to the story of ‘the chemistry between two people who, over the course of several years, apparently could not leave one another alone’. The exemplary architecture of sentence and page has no real equivalent on a larger scale, and the meticulousness and lack of hurry that are so effective locally work against a sense of climax or growth, producing a final impression almost of fizzle. More

Short Cuts
Philippa Hetherington

At the Movies
Michael Wood


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