London Review of Boo

London Review of Boo


Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas, published twice a month.

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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:

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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.

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‘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’:

‘Paik wanted his video chapel to be as noisy and bright as possible – graphics and recordings fire off all around you, complete with their glitches and imperfections.’ Eleanor Nairne at @Tate  Modern:

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‘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’:

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'All That Gab' & other recent letters to the editor:

The internet is as central to everyday life across classes and communities as the road network: at the moment, people effectively pay the equivalent of a flat tax – on average £30 a month – to access it.

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'Women are seen as taking something to which they are not naturally entitled.' Watch the full lecture:

Lucy Prebble: 'Everybody has a Harvey story. Mine is unlurid but revealing.'

In 1983, we published an essay by Oliver Sacks with the title 'The man who mistook his wife for a hat.' Here it is:

Jenny Diski’s 150 articles (and 65 blogs) for the LRB are all now freely available to read online: 

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:

All of John Ashbery's poems for the LRB may be found here:

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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.

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Ahdaf Soueif on why she's resigned from the British Museum’s Board of Trustees:

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