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Volume 40 Number 2
25 January 2018

LRB blog 17 January 2018

Lorna Finlayson
Carillion and Other Parasites

16 January 2018

Sophie Smith
Time’s Up?

15 January 2018

Behzad Yaghmaian
Omid’s Journey


4 January 2018

Julian Barnes
Degas’s Achievement

3 June 2004

Patrick Wormald
The Normans

19 March 2015

Marina Warner
Learning My Lesson

In the next issue, which will be dated 8 February, Charles Hope writes about the Michelangelo exhibition in New York.

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Gavin Francis

The Spanish Flu

It is estimated that five hundred million people contracted it, and that between fifty and a hundred million of them died. Asians were thirty times more likely to die than Europeans. The pandemic had some influence on the lives of everyone alive today. Donald Trump’s grandfather Friedrich died from it in New York City. He was 49. His early death meant that his fortune passed to his son Fred, who used it to start a New York property empire. More

Colin Kidd

About Last Year

Postmodern Britain lies well beyond Orwell’s imagining, a country where superannuated teenagers in certain walks of middle-class life, including journalism and politics, stay in a condition of more or less permanent adolescence from puberty to retirement. Surely it’s time for the authentically middle-aged – we know who we are: square, clapped out, disillusioned and cardiganed – to take charge before the inheritance is squandered? More

Lorna Finlayson

Can the law be feminist?

The difference between Catharine MacKinnon and a typical pro-war American feminist is that MacKinnon has a far bleaker view of the condition of women in Western countries. As she sees it, they need more than top-level representation – in the form of a female president, for example – to perfect their equality. They are systemically brutalised in a society that refuses even to recognise what is going on. This raises the question of whether America, too, might be a legitimate target of humanitarian intervention. But that doesn’t seem to be what MacKinnon has in mind when she asks: ‘Will the marines never land for them?’ More

T.J. Clark

Cezanne’s Portraits

Hands, in this world without faces, do an enormous amount of work. They are a fulcrum for the bodies – the ‘persons’ – they belong to: around them the body opens, exfoliates, puts on show its basic structure, displays its duality (following the hands left and right) or its multiplicity (since the hands themselves lose edges, flip from concave to convex and back, clench, disintegrate, weigh a ton, unfold into corrugations or diamond facets). They challenge the viewer to see them as part of the body they terminate. Maybe hands are where ‘character’ hides in Cézanne, in the carnal unconscious, however hard an individual or a culture tries to suppress it. More

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