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  1. John Lanchester · Are we having fun yet?: The Biggest Scandal of All · LRB 4 July 2013

    This and the second part are so worth a read. Banks are mind-boggling.

  2. Slavoj Žižek · Trouble in Paradise: The Global Protest · LRB 18 July 2013

    “To demand consistency at strategically selected points where the system cannot afford to be consistent is to put pressure on the entire system.”

  3. Malcolm Bull reviews ‘On Global Justice’ by Mathias Risse · LRB 21 February 2013

    I love reading things like this, here about Risse’s Rawls-influenced theories, but also I find them very, very hard to concentrate on. (Subscribers only)

  4. Short Cuts (London Review of Books)

    Paul Myerscough on Pret a Manger. 91% of employees are immigrants. Social security as a subsidy to companies whose products would otherwise be too expensive for their non-social-security-receiving customers.

  5. Let’s Call it Failure (London Review of Books)

    John Lanchester on good, if depressing, form on the state of the UK economy and “austerity”.

  6. Light Entertainment (London Review of Books)

    Andrew O’Hagan on Jimmy Savile etc. Quite good on the general difference in TV and radio culture in the 50s/60s/70s, although it still feels like a very brief skim over the hard-to-grasp era/topic/atmosphere. (A bit late to this, catching up.)

  7. Diary (London Review of Books)

    Lovely article by Emily Witt about online dating in New York and San Franciso. “The mind contains very few truths that the body withholds. There is little of import in an encounter between two bodies that would fail to be revealed rather quickly. Until the bodies are introduced, seduction is only provisional.”

  8. At Hyde Park Corner (London Review of Books)

    Jonathan Meades on fine form, on the newish Bomber Command Memorial. “The failure of British modernism and of today’s synthetic modernism to devise a memorious idiom provides an ample justification for the mongers of easy-viewin’ classicism to dump their stuff indiscriminately.”

  9. James Meek · How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity · LRB 13 September 2012

    Plenty of people linked to this at the time, but I forgot. Now I am. A good read on who now owns the UK’s power.

  10. Iain Sinclair · Diary: My Olympics · LRB 30 August 2012

    He’s usually an entertaining read, despite his relentless talking-down of even incidental things (I’m not sure Zara Phillips’ Olympic horse can be described as a “sore-hoofed nag”). But, more and more, I wonder, “What does Iain Sinclair *want*? I know what he’s against, but what is he *for*?”

  11. David Conn · Follow the Money · LRB 30 August 2012

    Not following football — the sport or the business — I enjoyed this article about how the leagues have changed, and the effect of vast sums of money flowing in and out of the clubs.

  12. Collective Joy « LRB blog

    Also on the opening ceremony: “It was love as sentiment, a nostalgic cry for what has been lost. And it is lost. There is no party of the left with a different attitude towards the economy, privatisation and cuts in benefits and the NHS.”

  13. Elif Batuman · Diary: Pamuk’s Museum · LRB 7 June 2012

    I hadn’t heard of this. Orhan Pamuk made a museum of objects belonging to characters from his novel ‘The Museum of Innocence’, which he’d originally intended to be written as a museum catalogue. Now he’s writing the catalogue for this museum.

  14. John Lanchester · Marx at 193 · LRB 5 April 2012

    Just realised I never Pinboarded this at the time, only wrote about it. For completion’s sake.

  15. Jacqueline Rose · A Rumbling of Things Unknown: Marilyn Monroe · LRB 26 April 2012

    I know very little about Monroe but she sounds brilliant, sadness aside. This is a great, long article about how she was always reading and learning and trying to do things the right way.

  16. Mohammed el Gorani and Jérôme Tubiana · Diary: Guantánamo · LRB 15 December 2011

    This month it’s ten years since Guantanamo opened. People are still held there indefinitely. This is one former detainee’s account. Yay America! You must all be so proud.

  17. Michael Neill reviews ‘Medicinal Cannibalism…’ … and ‘Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires’ … · LRB 1 December 2011

    About “mummy”, the processed remains of humans that was considered a valuable medicine as recently as the 19th century. (Subscribers only)

  18. James Meek · It’s already happened: The NHS Goes Private · LRB 22 September 2011

    Long, good, interesting, righteous-anger-inducing article about the ongoing privatisation of the NHS, and how the service compares to other options. I am struggling not to swear.

  19. James Lasdun · Diary: Police procedurals · LRB 8 September 2011

    Really interesting account by a curious writer of using a (US) police department’s Firearms Training Simulator. (Subscribers only)

  20. Stefan Collini · From Robbins to McKinsey: The Dismantling of the Universities · LRB 25 August 2011

    On the higher education White Paper: The gradual movement of responsibility for higher education within government towards business departments; the tortuous attempts to balance a free market and a command economy; the odd language (“the mission-statement present”, “the dogmatic future tense”); that studying something often isn’t wholly enjoyable; that choosing a university “cannot primarily be price-sensitive, adaptive, feedback-governed consumer behaviour”; the 1963 Robbins Report’s emphasis on intellectual inquiry rather than “meeting the needs of employers.”

  21. LRB · Daniel Soar · Short Cuts

    Fascinating, brief, look at the US government’s interest in analysing metaphors in foreign languages for security purposes. Well worth a read if you write, talk or think.

  22. LRB · Howard Hotson · Short Cuts

    The new BPP University in the UK is owned by the Apollo Group, whose biggest US institution, the University of Phoenix, sounds very dodgy.

  23. LRB · Christopher Tayler · Short Cuts

    Mainly for this phrase about the School of Life: “My friend said that it was like watching people marooned on a desert island doing their best to re-create Radio 4.”

  24. LRB · Donald MacKenzie · How to Make Money in Microseconds

    A look at algorithms used in stock market trading, their effects, and including an explanation of why the market fell by 6 per cent in five minutes in May 2010.

  25. LRB · Howard Hotson · Don’t Look to the Ivy League

    A good account of why the US’s market-based university system (admired by Tories) harms the public system and isn’t as good as a first glance at league tables suggests.

  26. LRB · Stephen Sedley · Plimsoll’s Story

    Some interesting bits about the development of laws and reforms in 19th century England.

  27. LRB · Will Self · The Frowniest Spot on Earth

    A critical look at the “breathless,” airport-centered vision of how we’ll live in the future, according to the book ‘Aerotropolis’.

  28. LRB · James Meek · In the Sorting Office

    A long, interesting look at the problems facing the Royal Mail and how the privatised Dutch and German postal services are managing.

  29. LRB · Richard J. Evans · The Wonderfulness of Us

    I’m finding this discussion (the article and many letters below it) about how history should be taught in British schools interesting, although I’ve lost track of exactly who thinks what.

  30. LRB · Jeremy Harding · Where the Jihadis Are

    Interesting review of a book that interviews Muslim suicide bombers around the world, and those in the West trying to stop them (Congress, CIA, NATO, etc). Fascinating, but subscribers only.

  31. LRB · Benjamin Kunkel · How Much Is Too Much?

    “Harvey observes these contradictions sharpening over time, as finance capital becomes ever more mobile while beds of infrastructure grow increasingly Procrustean: ‘The disjunction of the quest for hypermobility and an increasingly sclerotic built environment (think of the huge amount of fixed capital embedded in Tokyo or New York City) becomes ever more dramatic.’”

  32. LRB · Vol. 33 No. 4 · 17 February 2011 · letters

    My second letter in the LRB, this time quoting Yoz.

  33. LRB · Iain Sinclair · The Raging Peloton

    He has a nice turn of phrase but Iain Sinclair is a gloomy, misanthropic reactionary who thinks the only people who can ride bikes authentically are the 1950s working class and eccentric poets. One wonders why he still lives in London.

  34. LRB · job

    Now that’s a job advert. No faffing. “The ‘London Review of Books’ is looking for an editor, preferably one with an interest in politics and history. Would suit a young, disaffected academic.”

  35. LRB · Vol. 33 No. 1 · 6 January 2011 · letters

    I must have missed the government’s embarrassment and apologies over its peaceful citizens being treated like this by the police in the student protests.

  36. LRB · David Runciman · Look…

    For this: “a new divide in British public life: between the people who say ‘Look…’ and the people who say ‘So…’”

  37. LRB · John Lanchester · Let Us Pay

    On the future of the newspaper industry. Many good nuggets, including: “New York Times, if it stopped printing a physical edition of the paper, could afford to give every subscriber a free Kindle. Not the bog-standard Kindle, but the one with free global data access. And not just one Kindle, but four Kindles. And not just once, but every year.”

  38. LRB · August Kleinzahler · Diary

    I really enjoyed this description of a road trip in the American West, although it’s for subscribers only.

  39. LRB · David Simpson · Because We Could

    Interesting look at why soldiers torture prisoners. Lays much of the blame at (a) the normalisation of torture as a technique in films/TV watched by troops and (b) the training soldiers go through that prepares them for being tortured themselves. (Subscribers only.)

  40. LRB · Ross McKibbin · Nothing to do with the economy

    On the cuts. The bigger the cuts, the more it makes the economy seem in more trouble than it is, and this in turn makes the previous Labour government look more incompetent. Also, the Liberals as a friendly fig leaf hiding the Tories’ extreme ideas. Fuckers.

  41. LRB · Terry Castle · Adieu, madame

    A good account of just how huge an international star Sarah Bernhardt was. Also, the fedora was originally a hat worn by women. (Subscribers only unfortunately.)

  42. LRB · Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen · Which came first, the condition or the drug?

    Interesting article about Bipolar Disorder and how the definition of the condition has changed over the decades. (Subscribers only, again, grr.)

  43. LRB · Carl Elliott · The Mild Torture Economy

    Fascinating article about medical trials, how the market for patients willing to take part for small amounts of cash has shifted around the world, and how very dodgy they are. (Subscribers only)

  44. LRB · James Davidson · Flat-Nose, Stocky and Beautugly

    This article, about the changes in names given to children over the years was fascinating, at least (for me) until it gets round to the main subject, ancient Greek names.

  45. LRB · Glen Newey · Is it really so wrong?

    This article, on the nature of evil, was apparently really good, as I turned the corner on it, but it was two weeks ago and I remember nothing about it now. (Subscribers only)

  46. The Unsorting Office

    Leaving aside the making-my-blood-boil mess of the Royal Mail, that bit at the end about recording all the knowledge of posties about short-cuts, hills, gates, etc is interesting.

  47. LRB · Rebecca Solnit · Diary

    If you’re feeling too happy, well worth a read. “A bayou redneck told him: ‘Osama fuckin’ bin Laden could not have imagined, planned or executed more devastation than BP has.’”

  48. LRB · Jenny Diski · Toxic Lozenges

    About how common arsenic poisoning (both murder and accidental) was, mainly in the 19th century. Fascinating.

  49. LRB · Stephen Sedley · Enemies of All Mankind

    For the bit about pirates, the old fashioned kind, and their equitable pay scales.

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