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Wrecking Ball

Adam Shatz: Trump’s Racism, 6 September 2017

... enfranchisement for black people in the United States has produced many martyrs: Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King; James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. And now Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed in Emancipation Park. It is true, as some have sanctimoniously pointed out, that even in her death, Heyer was a beneficiary of white ...


Alan Bennett: A Shameful Year, 8 January 2004

... a good character in a modern-day Ibsen play. At Cambridge as an undergraduate he was once in the Rex cinema when the adverts came on, including one for Kellogg’s Ricicles. ‘Rice is nice,’ went the jingle, ‘but ricicles are twicicles as nicicles.’ Whereupon Cedric boomed out: ‘But testicles is besticles.’ By their jokes ye shall know them. The ...

The Olympics Scam

Iain Sinclair: The Razing of East London, 19 June 2008

... freakshow corpse art by Gunther von Hagens. The eastward shift, towards off-catalogue, underexploited territory, was launched. Spitalfields Market, with its parasitical life forms (small shopkeepers, restaurateurs, allotment gardeners, twilight prostitutes, vagrant drinkers around wastelot fires), was expelled to Hackney Marshes, where it would ...

Criminal Justice

Ronan Bennett, 24 June 1993

... in Belfast, and when I recall him from 1974 I remember his interest in Cat Stevens and T Rex, in pacifism and lilac T-shirts. I asked to see him. Only if I signed a confession. No. The questioning went on. They told me my mother was waiting outside the barracks – had been waiting since the moment of our arrest. If I signed, she could collect my ...

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