‘The Daily Mail is like the drunken lout at a party who can’t get anyone to like him. Suddenly all the girls are sluts and all the men are poofs and he’s swinging at the chandelier before being huckled outside to vomit on the lawn.’
‘Knee-jerk responses that intensify public fear do nothing to contribute to our ability to combat terrorism and, indeed, satisfy the objectives of those who detonate the bombs’ – Des Freedman on the terror news cycle, from the blog.
Our new issue is now online, featuring John Lanchester and James Meek on the election, Jan-Werner Müller on constitutional fantasies in Brussels, Andrew O’Hagan on Dacre’s horrible paper and Elaine Mokhtefi on the Black Panthers in Algiers.
‘The deathly kiss Cooper receives in his nightmare from a girl “filled with secrets” could stand for the ghoulishly thrilling intercourse between the lawful and the wild, for the impulse to get down to human nature’s bottom line’ – Philip Horne on Twin Peaks, from the archive.
‘The tragic aspect of Brexitism is that, like so many successful rebellions, it is not making history but going with its flow, not expropriating but empowering a rising class of libertarian enthusiasts who own the means of data production’ – Alan Finlayson on Brexitism, from the latest issue.
‘If the hospitality at Huntington Hartford’s luxury resort gave him a long rolling orgasm, imagine how much he might plotz at Mar-a-Lago’ – James Wolcott on Norman Podhoretz and ‘Making It’, from the latest issue, now de-paywalled.