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Volume 40 Number 6
22 March 2018

LRB blog 23 March 2018

Chris Larkin
Is sumer icumen in?

22 March 2018

Sara Roy
Yes, they are refugees

20 March 2018

Matthew Porges
Morocco, Western Sahara and the EU


5 April 2018

William Davies
Cambridge Analytica

17 August 2017

John Lanchester
It Zucks!

4 December 2003

Bruce Cumings
Korean War Games

In the next issue, which will be dated 5 April, Rosemary Hill’s LRB Winter Lecture: ‘What Does She Think She Looks Like?’

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William Davies

On Cambridge Analytica

There is at least one certainty where Cambridge Analytica is concerned. If forty thousand people scattered across Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania had changed their minds about Donald Trump before 8 November 2016, and cast their votes instead for Hillary Clinton, this small London-based political consultancy would not now be the subject of breathless headlines and Downing Street statements. Cambridge Analytica could have harvested, breached, brain-washed and honey-trapped to their evil hearts’ content, but if Clinton had won, it wouldn’t be a story. More


Amia Srinivasan

Does anyone have the right to sex?

To take this question seriously requires that we recognise that the very idea of fixed sexual preference is political, not metaphysical. As a matter of good politics, we treat the preferences of others as sacred: we are rightly wary of speaking of what people really want, or what some idealised version of them would want. That way, we know, authoritarianism lies. This is true, most of all, in sex, where invocations of real or ideal desires have long been used as a cover for the rape of women and gay men. But the fact is that our sexual preferences can and do alter, sometimes under the operation of our own wills – not automatically, but not impossibly either. More

Gaby Wood

‘In a Lonely Place’

What does it mean for a romance to take the shape of a murder investigation? In a Lonely Place, Nicholas Ray’s elegantly bitter film about damaged trust, throws that question at its viewers. If all love stories are inquiries of one kind or another, the movie seems to suggest, perhaps they differ only in their relative violence. When filming began, Ray was married to its female lead, Gloria Grahame; by the time it ended, they were living apart. Ray said it was ‘a very personal film’ – and as parting gifts go, it was both poisonous and immortal. More

Linda Colley

The Problem with Winning

Could it be that Britain’s political stability has become too pronounced? That, by not having to adjust and alter its political system as so many other countries have had to do, the UK has stored up unaddressed problems and unhelpful stagnancies? If so, might the convulsions and divisions over Brexit have some tonic effect? Might this bitterly divisive and presumably long-lasting change turn out to be the painful moderniser that military defeats and invasions have sometimes proved to be for other countries? More

At the Movies
Michael Wood

Short Cuts
Tom Crewe

At Kettle’s Yard
Eleanor Birne


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