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‘There is nothing new about fear, loathing and threats of violence in British politics. It has been a feature of political life for decades.’ @chrismullinexmp on harassment and abuse, online and in print:
Michael Neve’s ‘big book’ had been commissioned by Penguin. Once a year, at the TLS party, he bumped into his editor who asked diffidently: ‘Ah, Michael! Will it be … soon?’ 'Soon – yes, soon,’ Michael replied reassuringly. This went on for 16 years.
‘Strout returns to the idea of the cruel mother’s kindness time and again – Olive’s a cruel, kind mother too – because she’s drawn to the idea that the wound and the comfort might come from the same source.’ Tessa Hadley reads ‘Olive, Again’:
‘Libby and Rachel grew up being told they could have everything they wanted, and both of them have learned how untrue that is, especially if heterosexual marriage is one of the things you think you want.’ @EmilyGould reads ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’:
'Women are seen as taking something to which they are not naturally entitled.' Watch the full lecture:
In 1983, we published an essay by Oliver Sacks with the title 'The man who mistook his wife for a hat.' Here it is:
This prerogative act may be open to legal challenge on more than one ground. And the challenges now being brought before the courts in Edinburgh and London could well be of lasting constitutional significance. A new essay by Stephen Sedley:
Our new issue is now online. For the first time in the LRB's history, it contains just one piece (alongside the usual columns): Andrew O’Hagan’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire and its political aftermath.