Writing from October 2012

Midcult

I hadn’t heard of Dwight Macdonald before, but I liked some of this review (subscribers only) by Edward Mendelson of a collection of Macdonald’s essays (US, UK) in the New York Review in March.

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In Periodicals on 8 October 2012. Permalink

Slender gains

I’m fascinated by the idea of a society in revolution and revolt, mainly because I can barely imagine it. No matter how disgruntled or angry many people seem to get in the UK, very little changes suddenly, no matter the big marches or the occasional riot. Things trundle on, people still disgruntled or angry.

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In Periodicals on 15 October 2012. Permalink

They hate competition

This article about the privatisation of the UK’s electricity by James Meek in the London Review of Books from 13 September 2012 (I’m still catching up) is well worth a read.

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In Periodicals on 15 October 2012. Permalink