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The London Review of Books Podcast

The London Review of Books Podcast

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LRB-published writers read their own work, introduced by the editors of the London Review of Books. Recent podcasts have included Gillian Anderson reading Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Ingratitude’, Alan Bennett reading from his diary, Tariq Ali on his visit to North Korea and Jeremy Harding on migration. There’ll be something new every fortnight.


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The Last London

Author: Iain Sinclair
Thu, Mar 30, 2017


Iain Sinclair delivers his lecture on ‘The Last London’ at the British Museum, as part of the LRB’s Winter Lecture series.

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From Medusa to Merkel

Author: Mary Beard
Thu, Mar 16, 2017


Mary Beard delivers her lecture ‘Women in Power’ at the British Museum.

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Talking Politics: Mary Beard

Author: LRB
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


In the first of our ongoing and occasional collaboration with the Talking Politics podcast, David Runciman talks to Mary Beard about women in power.

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Burning Man

Author: Emily Witt
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


Emily Witt goes to the Burning Man gathering in Nevada, from our 17 July 2014 issue.

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Diary

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jan 05, 2017


Alan Bennett reads his diary for 2016.

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On John Berger

Author: LRB
Wed, Jan 04, 2017


To mark John Berger’s 90th birthday, the London Review Bookshop and Verso Books organised a discussion of his work with Mike Dibb, Yasmin Gunaratnam and Tom Overton, hosted by Gareth Evans.

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In Late December

Author: Frederick Seidel
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


Frederick Seidel reads his poem ‘In Late December’.

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Robert Rauschenberg

Author: Hal Foster
Thu, Dec 01, 2016


Hal Foster reviews the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at Tate Modern.

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‘Race Studies’

Author: Susan Pedersen
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


Susan Pedersen on the birth of ‘International Relations’.

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Long-Form Essays in the Digital Age

Author: LRB
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


Mary-Kay Wilmers, Andrew O’Hagan and Ben Eastham talk to Sarah Howe about ‘Long-Form Essays in the Digital Age’.

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Brexit Blues

Author: John Lanchester
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


John Lanchester on the implications of the UK’s EU referendum.

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In the Morgue

Author: Gavin Francis
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Gavin Francis observes the autopsy of a man pulled from a river.

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The Satoshi Affair

Author: Andrew OAuthor: ’Hagan
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


Andrew O'Hagan watches Craig Wright show Gavin Andresen, one of the most respected bitcoin core developers, that he holds the Satoshi key.

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Trump for President!

Author: Frederick Seidel
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


Frederick Seidel reads his poem ‘Trump for President!’.

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European Schools

Author: Peter Pomerantsev
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


Peter Pomerantsev remembers his time in the 'English section' at the European School in Munich.

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Let Them Drown

Author: Naomi Klein
Thu, Jun 02, 2016


Naomi Klein examines how Edward Said’s ideas of racial hierarchy, including Orientalism, have long been the silent partners to climate change.

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Video: Bitcoin and the nature of money

Author: John Lanchester
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


John Lanchester on bitcoin and the nature of money.

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Giorgione

Author: Charles Hope
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Charles Hope on Giorgione, 'a sort of Venetian counterpart to Leonardo'.

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After I am hanged my portrait will be interesting

Author: Colm TAuthor: óibín
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Colm T?ib?n on the story of Easter 1916.

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Delacroix

Author: Julian Bell
Thu, Mar 17, 2016


Julian Bell discusses Delacroix and his heirs.

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Where on Earth are you?

Author: Frances Stonor Saunders
Thu, Mar 03, 2016


Frances Stonor Saunders on the crossing of borders.

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Robin Hood in a Time of Austerity

Author: James Meek
Thu, Feb 18, 2016


James Meek asks how, in a time of austerity economics, we define the robber and the robbed.

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What I Did in 2015

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jan 07, 2016


Alan Bennett Works the Line

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Thatcher in Her Bubble

Author: David Runciman
Thu, Dec 03, 2015


David Runciman on Margaret Thatcher

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Beijing locks up its lawyers

Author: Chaohua Wang
Thu, Nov 05, 2015


Chaohua Wang on justice in China.

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At Tottenham Court Road

Author: Andrew OAuthor: ’Hagan
Thu, Sep 24, 2015


Andrew O'Hagan crosses the road.

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On Putting Things Off

Author: Robert Hanks
Thu, Sep 10, 2015


Robert Hanks on the pleasures and pains of putting things off.

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Selfie with ‘Sunflowers’

Author: Julian Barnes
Thu, Jul 30, 2015


Julian Barnes on Van Gogh.

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In Sanaa

Author: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad
Thu, May 21, 2015


Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on the rise of the Houthis in Yemen.

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The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Author: Seymour M. Hersh
Thu, May 21, 2015


Seymour Hersh talks to Christian Lorentzen about his pieces for the LRB, collected in a new book, The Killing of Osama bin Laden.

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‘The School of English’: A Story

Author: Hilary Mantel
Thu, May 07, 2015


Hilary Mantel reads her short story, ‘The School of English’.

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The New World Disorder

Author: Tariq Ali
Thu, Apr 09, 2015


In his 2015 Winter Lecture, Tariq Ali argues that we are living in the twilight period of democracy.

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Learning My Lesson

Author: Marina Warner
Thu, Mar 19, 2015


In her 2015 Winter Lecture, Marina Warner shows how higher education in the UK has been betrayed.

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Against Self-Criticism

Author: Adam Phillips
Thu, Mar 05, 2015


In his 2015 Winter Lecture, Adam Phillips reflects on the ways we hate ourselves.

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Iammmmyookkraaanian

Author: Peter Pomerantsev
Thu, Feb 19, 2015


Peter Pomerantsev on images and myths of Maidan.

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Death in Belgravia

Author: Rosemary Hill
Thu, Feb 05, 2015


Rosemary Hill on the life and disappearance of Lord Lucan.

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Germany’s Sense of Itself and the World’s Sense of Germany

Author: LRB
Fri, Jan 23, 2015


Franziska Augstein, Norbert R?ttgen, Neal Ascherson and Christopher Clark discuss how Germany sees itself and how the world sees it. Chaired by Nicholas Spice.

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Go-Betweens in Northern Ireland

Author: Owen Bennett-Jones
Thu, Jan 22, 2015


Owen Bennett-Jones on the messengers that paved the way for the Northern Ireland peace process.

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What I did in 2014

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jan 08, 2015


Alan Bennett on what he did in 2014.

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Shamed in Afghanistan

Author: James Meek
Thu, Dec 18, 2014


James Meek on the British army’s eight years in Afghanistan.

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Face to Face with Rembrandt

Author: T.J. Clark
Thu, Dec 04, 2014


T.J. Clark comes face to face with Rembrandt.

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Short Cuts

Author: John Lanchester
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


John Lanchester explains what’s next on the world of money’s Official Worry List.

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Fair Play: A Sermon

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jun 19, 2014


Alan Bennett read this sermon before the University, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 1 June 2014.

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The Public Voice of Women

Author: Mary Beard
Thu, Mar 20, 2014


Mary Beard reflects on the way women are heard – and have been heard – in public, from Homer’s Odyssey through Margaret Thatcher to internet trolls.

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Julian Assange

Author: Andrew OAuthor: ’Hagan
Thu, Mar 06, 2014


Andrew O’Hagan spent six months with Julian Assange helping him write his autobiography, though in the event Assange didn’t want the book published. O’Hagan speaks about those six months for the first time.

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On Not Going Home

Author: James Wood
Thu, Feb 20, 2014


James Wood explores the estrangement of voluntary emigration: the puzzling sense of losing the country you leave and failing to find another. Homelessness, in a word.

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What I did in 2013

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jan 09, 2014


Alan Bennett reluctantly pays some overdue bills.

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Penelope Fitzgerald

Author: Jenny Turner
Thu, Dec 19, 2013


Jenny Turner on Penelope Fitzgerald

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A Death in Jenin

Author: Adam Shatz
Thu, Nov 21, 2013


Adam Shatz on the life and death of Juliano Mer-Khamis.

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Mailer’s Last Punch

Author: Andrew OAuthor: ’Hagan
Thu, Nov 07, 2013


Andrew O’Hagan remembers Norman Mailer.

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Short Cuts

Author: Jacqueline Rose
Thu, Oct 24, 2013


Jacqueline Rose on what links Frank Kermode and Nigel Farage.

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Australia’s Boat-People

Author: Jeremy Harding
Thu, Sep 26, 2013


In August, as Australian politicians hung tough on asylum seekers, the Melbourne Writers Festival asked Jeremy Harding how far governments can patrol migration. With grateful acknowledgments to the Alan Missen Foundation and Liberty Victoria.

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Jacqueline Rose: In Conversation

Author: Jacqueline Rose
Sun, Sep 01, 2013


Recognised for her writing on subjects including Sylvia Plath, feminism, Proust, psychoanalysis, Zionism, the Middle East conflict and Jewish identity, Rose discusses her work with Justin Clemens, co-editor (wtih Ben Naparstek) of the Jacqueline Rose Reader.

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Women in Dark Times

Author: Jacqueline Rose
Sat, Aug 31, 2013


Jacqueline Rose draws parallels between revolutionary 19th-century socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. She explains how each of these remarkable women straddled the divide between their political and inner lives. Chaired by Hilary Harper.

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Colm T?ib?n: In Conversation

Author: Colm TAuthor: óibín
Sat, Aug 31, 2013


Author, essayist and poet Colm T?ib?n is one of Ireland’s greatest living writers. He discusses his life and work, including his recent book The Testament of Mary, in which he re-imagines the life of Christ through the eyes of the holiest of saints. With Michael McGirr.

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At the Movies

Author: Michael Wood
Thu, Aug 08, 2013


Michael Wood reconsiders ‘Cleopatra’ – its expense, its quarrelling stars, its length, its success – on the release of a restored print for the film’s fiftieth anniversary.

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‘Bedsit Disco Queen’

Author: Lavinia Greenlaw
Thu, Jul 18, 2013


Lavinia Greenlaw tells the story of singer Tracey Thorn’s rise from bedroom rehearsals and an ad in the NME to indie label Cherry Red (who also signed Greenlaw’s band), the top ten and a platinum record.

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Emily Davison, Modern Martyr

Author: Marina Warner
Thu, Jul 04, 2013


Marina Warner explores Emily Davison’s legacy as the suffragettes’ first martyr in a talk given at the inaugural Wilding Festival at St George’s Bloomsbury, where Davison’s memorial service was held.

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The Bling Ring

Author: Andrew OAuthor: ’Hagan
Thu, Jun 20, 2013


Andrew O’Hagan tells the story of Alexis Neiers and the rest of the ‘Bling Ring’ who stole from Paris Hilton in order to be more like Paris Hilton.

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The Syrian War Spills Over

Author: Patrick Cockburn
Thu, Jun 06, 2013


Patrick Cockburn explains why the Syrian war feels close to ending when it isn’t and how YouTube is changing war reporting.

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Two Stories

Author: Diane Williams
Thu, May 23, 2013


Diane Williams reads ‘Perform Small Tasks’ and ‘Removal Men’.

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Nine Poems

Author: Robin Robertson
Thu, May 02, 2013


Robin Robertson reads his versions of Nonnus and a selection of other poems.

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Seven Poems

Author: Mark Ford
Thu, Apr 18, 2013


Mark Ford reads a selection of poems he’s published in the LRB.

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Is Wagner bad for us?

Author: Nicholas Spice
Thu, Apr 11, 2013


On the centenary of Wagner’s birth, Nicholas Spice asks in his Winter Lecture at the British Museum how his music works on us and what this tells us about music in general.

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American Democracy

Author: David Runciman
Thu, Mar 21, 2013


David Runciman on the impossibility and persistence of the US political system.

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On the Middle East

Author: Noam Chomsky
Mon, Mar 18, 2013


In his 2013 Edward W. Said lecture Noam Chomsky reflects on 65 years of violence in the Middle East.

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Tantrums

Author: Adam Phillips
Thu, Mar 07, 2013


Adam Phillips considers the sadomasochism of childhood and the pleasures and pains of tantrums.

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Royal Bodies

Author: Hilary Mantel
Thu, Feb 21, 2013


Introduced by Neil MacGregor, Hilary Mantel considers the royal body from Anne Boleyn’s ‘bosom not much raised’ to Kate Middleton’s equally modest endowment.

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Shakespeare: Our Contemporary?

Author: LRB
Fri, Feb 01, 2013


Colin Burrow, Michael Dobson, James Shapiro, Emma Smith and Marina Warner discuss the ways we continue to make (and occasionally unmake) Shakespeare in our own image.

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Two Poems

Author: August Kleinzahler
Thu, Jan 24, 2013


August Kleinzahler reads and talks about some of the poems he’s published in the LRB.

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2012

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jan 03, 2013


Alan Bennett rides in Mr Murdoch’s car and gets a review from T.S. Eliot.

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Literary Names

Author: Colin Burrow
Thu, Nov 22, 2012


Colin Burrow on the reasons Jane Eyre is called Jane Eyre and Tom Jones is called Tom Jones.

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A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways

Author: Anne Carson
Thu, Nov 08, 2012


Anne Carson reads ‘A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways’.

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‘The Casual Vacancy’

Author: Adam Mars-Jones
Thu, Oct 25, 2012


Adam Mars-Jones imagines J.K. Rowling bringing the manuscript ‘The Casual Vacancy’ to him for advice.

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Philby in Beirut

Author: Tom Carver
Thu, Oct 11, 2012


Tom Carver on the night Kim Philby disappeared from the rue Kantari.

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Short Cuts

Author: Michael Friedman
Thu, Sep 27, 2012


Michael Friedman gets arrested and spends the night at Central Booking.

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How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity

Author: James Meek
Thu, Sep 13, 2012


James Meek wonders how Britain happened to sell off its electricity.

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Author: Andrew OAuthor: ’Hagan
Thu, Jul 19, 2012


Andrew O’Hagan on the art of terrible writing about sex.

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Damien Hirst

Author: Marina Warner
Thu, Jul 05, 2012


Marina Warner watches Damien Hirst’s butterflies hatch.

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Mina’s Banner

Author: Ahdaf Soueif
Fri, Jun 15, 2012


In the 2012 Edward Said Lecture at the British Museum, Ahdaf Soueif explains ‘Mina’s Banner’

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‘The University Poem’

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Thu, Jun 07, 2012


Ralph Fiennes reads ‘The University Poem’, which Nabokov wrote in 1926, four years after he left Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Meeting Gary Snyder

Author: Iain Sinclair
Thu, May 24, 2012


Iain Sinclair meets the last of the Beats, the poet Gary Snyder.

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Two Poems

Author: Daljit Nagra
Wed, May 02, 2012


Daljit Nagra reads ‘This Be the Pukka Verse’ and ‘A Ballad for Bopoluchi’.

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Marilyn Monroe

Author: Jacqueline Rose
Thu, Apr 26, 2012


Jacqueline Rose celebrates Marilyn Monroe.

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Marx at 193

Author: John Lanchester
Thu, Apr 05, 2012


John Lanchester writes about Marx at 193.

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Memories of Amikejo

Author: Neal Ascherson
Thu, Mar 22, 2012


Neal Ascherson writes about Europe, its pasts and its possible future

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L’Ingratitude

Author: Charlotte BrontAuthor: ë
Thu, Mar 08, 2012


Gillian Anderson reads ‘Ingratitude’, a lost fable by Charlotte Bront?.

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The Immigration Battle

Author: Jeremy Harding
Thu, Feb 09, 2012


Jeremy Harding discusses the politics of migration and the battle at Europe's borders.

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A Part Song

Author: Denise Riley
Thu, Feb 09, 2012


Denise Riley reads ‘A Part Song’, her first poem in the LRB for many years.

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In Pyongyang

Author: Tariq Ali
Thu, Jan 26, 2012


Tariq Ali visited North Korea twice in the 1960s and met the ‘Great and Beloved Leader’ himself.

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Diary

Author: Alan Bennett
Thu, Jan 05, 2012


Alan Bennett considers the banana skin and is mistaken for ‘another Alan’ in his Diary for 2011.

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The Wonderfulness of Us

Author: LRB
Fri, Aug 19, 2011


Andrew O’Hagan chaired this discussion between Linda Colley, R.W. Johnson and Tom Devine about national histories and the ways they should, and should not, be taught.

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Libraries (part 1)

Author: Alan Bennett
Wed, Jun 15, 2011


In a 2011 Primrose Hill Lecture, Alan Bennett talks about what public libraries, now under threat, have meant to him.

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Libraries (part 2)

Author: Alan Bennett
Wed, Jun 15, 2011


In a 2011 Primrose Hill Lecture, Alan Bennett talks about what public libraries, now under threat, have meant to him.

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An Interview with Jacqueline Rose

Author: Jacqueline Rose
Tue, Jun 07, 2011


Jacqueline Rose speaks about her first readings of Freud and Jung and her encounters with feminism, Sylvia Plath and Israel/Palestine.

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Who Owns Kafka?

Author: Judith Butler
Thu, Mar 03, 2011


Judith Butler asks ‘Who Owns Kafka?’ in one of the LRB’s 2011 Winter Lectures.

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Picasso’s Guernica Revisited

Author: T.J. Clark
Mon, Feb 14, 2011


In his 2011 Winter Lecture at the British Museum, T.J. Clark shows how the painting of Guernica in May and June 1937 changed the way Picasso imagined space.

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Picasso’s Guernica Revisited

Author: T.J. Clark
Mon, Feb 14, 2011


In his 2011 Winter Lecture at the British Museum, T.J. Clark shows how the painting of Guernica in May and June 1937 changed the way Picasso imagined space.

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Who Owns Kafka?

Author: Judith Butler
Mon, Feb 07, 2011


Judith Butler asks Who Owns Kafka? in one of the LRB’s 2011 Winter Lectures.

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The Author in the Age of the Internet (part 1)

Author: LRB
Sat, Apr 24, 2010


John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm T?ib?n, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood discuss the way technology is changing the stories we can tell.

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The Author in the Age of the Internet (part 2)

Author: LRB
Sat, Apr 24, 2010


John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm T?ib?n, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood discuss the way technology is changing the stories we can tell.

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The Author in the Age of the Internet (part 3)

Author: LRB
Sat, Apr 24, 2010


John Lanchester, Nicholas Spice, Colm T?ib?n, Mary-Kay Wilmers and James Wood discuss the way technology is changing the stories we can tell.

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J’accuse: Dreyfus in Our Time

Author: Jacqueline Rose
Wed, Apr 21, 2010


Jacqueline Rose considers the Dreyfus affair and the meaning of Jewish identity.

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Obama’s War

Author: Tariq Ali
Mon, Apr 19, 2010


Tariq Ali explains why the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

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The Purpose and Politics of the British Museum

Author: Neil MacGregor
Mon, Feb 01, 2010


Neil MacGregor on the purpose and politics of the British Museum.

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