‘Management consultant initiatives and stealth privatisations have for years set about the NHS like termites, nibbling away at the beams and struts of a once magnificent structure. But the whole edifice is now on the brink of collapse’ – Gavin Francis on the NHS crisis, from the new issue.
‘What was once true about the now passé term “postmodernism” is true for the Anthropocene today: it names an effort to consider the contemporary world historically, in an age that otherwise struggles with its attention span’ – Benjamin Kunkel on the Capitalocene, from the new issue.
Last few tickets left for tomorrow’s LRB Winter Lecture at the British Museum, in which Michael Wood will explore, through the movies of Fritz Lang, how lively crime can be, and how cinema contributes to that effect.
‘Even-handedness obscures the fundamental fact that has shaped US-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War: the huge imbalance in power and resources between the two parties’ – Tony Wood on Russia and the West, from the new issue.
‘One might marvel at what stirs the underused muscles of conscience in a Breitbart staffer were the temptation to schadenfreude not so overwhelming’ – James Butler on Milo Yiannopoulos, from the blog. Artwork from our 28 September 1989 cover.
‘Every day when you go to the bookshop, you will see so many bourgeois memoirs. And nobody will say, pejoratively, oh it’s a bourgeois memoir! It’s only when poor people write.’ Edouard Louis on victimisation, misery memoirs and ‘The End of Eddy’, from his recent London Review Bookshop event with Tash Aw. Read Aw’s piece about Louis from the latest issue: lrb.me/gck
‘When we say “France”, it means, not my mother, not my father. And we felt that when I was a kid. And now they are having their revenge.’ Edouard Louis on social class and ‘The End of Eddy’, from his recent London Review Bookshop event with Tash Aw. Watch the full video: lrb.me/ack
The people on the anti-abortion side were older, paler; they wore different clothes from us and spoke with a different accent. It felt like being among foreigners. If it hadn’t been for how deeply we disagreed with one another, we would never have met at all.