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Our new issue is now online, featuring Mary Wellesley on menageries, Richard Seymour on Trolling, Andrew O’Hagan on The Crown, Jonathan Lethem on you know who, and a Christmas tree by Anne Rothenstein on the cover.
‘He avoided the grotesque where it was hardest to do so and dignified his subjects in order to engage our sympathies’ – Nicholas Penny on Bernini, born #otd in 1598, from the #LRBarchive.

LRB · Nicholas Penny · Swooning

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Despite the images of hijacked planes, homemade rockets, the charred wreckage of buses and Kalashnikov-wielding militants in balaclavas, the most common form of resistance in more than a century of Zionist-Arab conflict has been unarmed – or, as Palestinians call it, ‘popular’.

LRB · Nathan Thrall · The Israelis were shooting from one direction, the Palestinians from the other

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‘At the next general election, whenever it’s held and under whatever system, voters are likely to be offered a choice between authoritatian populism and neoliberal technocracy in the form of a PD-led coalition of the political old guard. It’s the same grim choice that British voters thought they had in June’s referendum, that American voters were offered last month, and that French voters are...
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Thomas Jones: After Renzi

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‘Since the late 1980s Aung San Suu Kyi has been a lodestar for democrats and human rights activists throughout the world, but her celestial image is waning. She has been criticised internationally for refusing to speak out about the plight of the Rohingyas, yet she continues to say nothing.’

LRB · Gavin Jacobson · She says nothing

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‘In light of the executive’s failure to defend the judiciary in the aftermath of the decision, their incoherent proposals for leaving the EU, and broader concerns about the democratic legitimacy of Parliament, no one should feel entirely sanguine if the government’s appeal succeeds’ – Frederick Wilmot-Smith on today’s supreme court hearing.

Frederick Wilmot-Smith · Who speaks for the state?

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‘Tom and TV’, a poem by Anne Carson from the latest issue. Read Carson’s 37 other poems in the #LRBarchive: lrb.me/pf0
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‘Italy is not an anomaly within Europe. It is much closer to a concentrate of it’ – Perry Anderson on Italy, from 2014.

LRB · Perry Anderson · The Italian Disaster

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12/04/2016 at 18:01. Facebook
‘Darpa has achieved many other startling things over the years, from its support for the development of America’s first plastic and aluminium rifle in the early 1960s to the development of Transit, the direct predecessor of the GPS satellite system that allows pilots and car drivers to find their destinations automatically’ – Edward Luttwak on the US Government’s Defense Advanced Research...
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LRB · Edward Luttwak · Platformitis

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12/04/2016 at 12:05. Facebook
The news coming out of Gambia is that Yahya Jammeh will concede defeat to Adamu Barrow, the property developer who opposed him in Thursday’s presidential election. How a new government might change Gambia is uncertain, however.

Oscar Webb: The Gambians in Palermo

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12/03/2016 at 18:50. Facebook
‘A gormless, love-hungry 70-year-old child, a sort of feral president, an evil Chauncey Gardiner, as much the dupe in his own confidence scheme as he is its perpetrator, and utterly at the mercy of whichever voice just whispered in his ear’ – Jonathan Lethem on you know who, a preview from our new issue.

LRB · Jonathan Lethem · Theatre of Injury

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‘For a psychologist, the striking thing is the magnificently determined way he spent twenty years of his life mastering a craft that then turned out to be obsolete, while at the same time remaining in many ways helplessly dependent, irresponsibly juvenile’ – John Bayley on Joseph Conrad, born #otd in 1857, from the #LRBarchive.

LRB · John Bayley · What will you do to keep the ship from foundering?

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12/02/2016 at 18:26. Facebook
‘Whether or not Uribe is happy,’ a Colombian in Edinburgh said to me when the new agreement was published, ‘this is an amazing example of democracy. It makes me proud to be Colombian.’

Gwen Burnyeat: Peace in Colombia?

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12/02/2016 at 14:56. Facebook
‘The dim, gothic world of European high fashion, with its skeletal, undead-looking patrons, its creepy family connections, its pale and constricted ingénues’ – Jenny Turner on Donatella Versace and her brother Gianni, who was born #otd 70 years ago.

LRB · Jenny Turner · Special Frocks

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12/02/2016 at 10:37. Facebook
In August, a poll of 213 GPs and 294 practice managers found that in the previous five months, 85 per cent were missing records of recently registered patients, 65 per cent had experienced shortages of clinical supplies or delays in deliveries, and 32 per cent had suffered from missed or delayed payments. ‘So to summarise,’ one practice manager commented, ‘Capita are doing 60 per cent of the...
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Emma Baines: Derailing the NHS

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12/01/2016 at 18:38. Facebook
‘Very little about HS2 has made sense, and politicians, nervous of being seen to dither, are always in a hurry’ – Christian Wolmar, Labour’s candidate in today’s Richmond Park by-election, on HS2, from 2014.

Christian Wolmar: What’s the point of HS2?

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Many sex workers are effectively being criminalised for refusing poverty.

Aisling Gallagher: Three Hundred Pounds in Her Pocket

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12/01/2016 at 09:30. Facebook
‘The trouble with stories about non-existent creatures is that there is no check on error or invention’ – Tom Shippey on fairy beliefs and the medieval Church, from the new issue.

LRB · Tom Shippey · Worse than Pagans

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11/30/2016 at 17:15. Facebook
‘The worst-sited major airport in the world’ – in 1998, the MP Ian Gilmour wrote about Heathrow for the LRB. On the eve of the Richmond Park by-election, triggered by the UK government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow, his reflections bear repeating. Read more: lrb.me/bt0
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