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Volume 40 Number 12
21 June 2018

LRB blog 21 June 2018

Sam Thompson
Not a word from Geoffrey

20 June 2018

The Editors
Stanley Cavell

18 June 2018

William J.R. Curtis
In Memoriam GSA


22 March 2018

Amia Srinivasan
Does anyone have the right to sex?

20 April 2017

David Runciman
Tony and Jeremy

21 February 2002

Dan Jacobson
The concluding part of Dan Jacobson’s interview with Ian Hamilton

In the next issue, which will be dated 5 July, John Lanchester: ten years on from the Crash.

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David Runciman

The Last World Cup

The evidence for the premise that international sport spreads peace and goodwill has always been fairly thin: every major tournament is dressed up that way but the legacy is more often mothballed stadiums and simmering resentment, as was the case after South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. Rarely, though, has a regime so brazenly signalled its indifference to the niceties of international sport, which require at least the pretence that bad behaviour gets put on hold. As the saying goes, hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, and this is the currency in which Fifa likes to trade. But Putin isn’t having any of it. He seems to have treated the award of the tournament as a licence to try his luck. More

David Thomson

‘Vertigo’ after Weinstein

It isn’t just that Alfred Hitchcock was devious, a fantasist, a voyeur and a predator. It isn’t just that no matter how many Harvey Weinsteins are exposed, it could never be enough to deliver justice to those who have been wronged and exploited. It isn’t even that men invented and have dominated the command and control of the movies, both as art and business: that they have been the majority of directors, producers and camera people despite, over the years, being a minority of the audience. Is what Vertigo has to tell us, beyond this history of male control, that the medium itself is in some sense male? Is there something in cinema that gives power to the predator, sitting still in the dark, watching forbidden things? More

Rosemary Hill

Unhappy Ever After

A marriage that makes a good end to a comedy will often make as good a beginning to a tragedy. If any couple bore out that maxim it was Annabella Milbanke and George Gordon Byron. The ‘happy’ chapter lasted barely 24 hours, the ‘ever after’ is with us still. More

Pankaj Mishra

The Wrong Human Rights

Samuel Moyn wants to reinstate socialism – which was, after all, the ‘central language of justice’ globally before it was supplanted by human rights – as an ethical ideal and political objective. This may seem like a quixotic project. More

Short Cuts
Lana Spawls

At the Movies
Michael Wood


Andrew O’Hagan

The Tower

At daybreak on 14 June 2017, a large, malodorous cloud hung over West London. You could see it for miles, acrid and acrimonious, the whole country waking up with a sense of disorder. And people required an answer. So we wiped their eyes and blamed the council. More


VIDEO Grenfell: The End of an Experiment?


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AUDIO The Tower

Rosemary Hill

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