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James Meek: Seventy Hours with Don Draper
The second episode of season four of Mad Men opens in 1964, somewhere in New York State. Luxurious flakes of snow fall on a lot filled with flawless Christmas trees for sale, lit by strings of lights hung from red and white candy-striped poles. The camera swoops on a family of five, . . .
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Dead bodies are being evicted from East London to make way for the new Crossrail station at Liverpool Street. Crossrail is gentrifying the soil.
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Marina Warner shows how higher education in the UK has been betrayed.
The first time I suggested an exercise to a roomful of creative writing students, something on the lines of ‘We’ve been reading Elizabeth Bowen, now think of a house where you were happy, but you no longer live there. Write it!’, they all bent their heads down over their paper and . . .
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‘If anyone invented homosexuality it was Guy Burgess,’ Jack Hewit once said. If Hewit is remembered for anything it is for the men he slept with, and was bullied by. Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess were three of them. Burgess ‘was the most promiscuous person who ever lived’, Hewit said. ‘He slept with […]
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The inclusion of Russell Brand on Prospect’s annual list of ‘world thinkers’ has been met with predictable outrage and ridicule.
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The copyright in The Little Prince expired in most of the world at the end of last year (it has thirty more years to run in France because Antoine de Saint-Exupéry died in the Second World War, ‘Mort pour la France’). In the first two weeks of January, more than thirty Turkish publishers released translations […]
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It would be hard to imagine a less likely political martyr than Boris Nemtsov.
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At Crufts last week, as a five-year-old Scottish Terrier called Knopa (who competes under the name ‘McVan’s to Russia with Love’) was being awarded Best in Show, a protester stormed the floor holding a sign that read ‘Mutts against Crufts’, before being dragged off by security staff.
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Sattouf’s autobiographical graphic novel tells of his strange childhood spent in the shadow of Arab dictators and his father’s delusions.
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In the new issue: Keith Gessen on Memories of Boris Nemtsov; Marina Warner on The Betrayal of Higher Education; Yonatan Mendel on The Israeli Elections; Kristin Dombek on Kim Gordon.
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Adam Phillips's lecture reflecting on the ways we hate ourselves. Part of the LRB's Winter Lectures series, 2015.
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I read the article by Adam Phillips. I was inspired by it to tell someone on Reddit not to be so hard on themselves - especially in their dreams.
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Introduction
The London Review of Books publishes a dozen or so long essays and book reviews every fortnight (and a few shorter pieces, too). 

It was founded in 1979, during the year-long lock-out at the Times. For the first six months, it appeared as an insert inside the New York Review of Books. In May 1980, it became fully independent and over the years has published more than 12,000 articles by more than 2000 writers, all available to subscribers in an online archive.

Contributors include Tariq Ali, Perry Anderson, Neal Ascherson, John Ashbery, Julian Barnes, Alan Bennett, Angela Carter, Linda Colley, Jenny Diski, Terry Eagleton, William Empson, Anne Enright, Jorie Graham, Rosemary Hill, Christopher Hitchens, Frank Kermode, August Kleinzahler, John Lanchester, Hilary Mantel, James Meek, Toril Moi, Andrew O'Hagan, Jacqueline Rose, Lorna Sage, Edward Said, James Salter, Iain Sinclair, Colm Tóibín, Jenny Turner, Marina Warner, Raymond Williams, James Wood, Michael Wood and Slavoj Zizek.