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Hey, guys, I'm about to renew my subscription to the LRB and I get 2 free 6-month subscriptions to give to friends. As all my friends are philistines, are any of you interested. First come, first served, I guess.

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Sunday, 22 December 2013 22:46 (four years ago) Permalink

I'd definitely be interested if nobody else is but I would be obliged to send you a couple of books in return.

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Sunday, 22 December 2013 22:59 (four years ago) Permalink

That's awfully kind, but I'm in Australia and it might bankrupt you!

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Rats! Well if you'd like a book token or something. I was just about to take out a subscription so I'd be very happy to compensate you.

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:19 (four years ago) Permalink

my friend gave me his gift subscrip for the second year in a row so i'm good. pretty great read

flopson, Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:50 (four years ago) Permalink

I let my subscription lapse about a year ago but I'd be up for another six months of it. Let me know and I'll send my address.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 23 December 2013 01:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Cool. ShariVari and xyzzzz, if you want to send your names and postal addresses to me at my email (click my name below) I'll put you in for the subs.

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Monday, 23 December 2013 01:34 (four years ago) Permalink

James - email sent, let me know if you haven't got it and I'll try again.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 23 December 2013 09:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Just got it--cheers!

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Monday, 23 December 2013 09:27 (four years ago) Permalink

I've also sent my details. Thank you so much.

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Monday, 23 December 2013 09:29 (four years ago) Permalink

No worries--I'll put in my sub today with both your details.

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:30 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Subscribed a year back since it seemed a great magazine and I wanted to try to engage a bit with international literary criticism instead of only reading Danish literary reviews. Unsubscribing now since I can't make through these articles - not totally unlike when I first stumbled upon ilx, I find it very difficult to understand the position of the "sender". I recognize names of famous writers/philosophers/journalists, some of them I know well enough to get where they're coming from, but most of the writers I don't know, and I feel there's a lot of irony and implicit assumptions that are lost on me.

Maybe if I kept reading, I'd become a genius on every subject imaginable, maybe I'd have to be a genius to read it in the first place.

The subscription was very cheap, could easily afford another year, but it's hard on my literary conscience when unread magazines stack up, and when I skim a ten page article on Isis.

Uhm, so, any experience, advice?

niels, Thursday, 20 August 2015 19:41 (three years ago) Permalink

I think you'd eventually get their position after a few years..its not about becoming an expert.

I let that subscription I gained from James lapse. I was fine with it and read almost all of the issues however I just want to read more novels + poetry. The free stuff they have on their site tends to cover a big piece on Syria/ISIS/Eurozone/ and further on or further in (LOL Labour leadership). Plus I find v little in the LRB's take on fiction as I have different tastes (although Jenny Dinski's stuff on Lessing is p/good).

I'll ocasionally buy it. Amd Funnily enough I have bought the last two issues to specifically read one piece each, altogether 20K+ words, on Dmitri Furman. LOL me.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 20 August 2015 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

my friend gave me free subscrips for a few years but i let it lapse as well

i know what you mean niels, i sometimes felt like it was pitched at an unreasonably high level of familiarity with the subject matter

read some great stuff in the lrb though. keeping abreast of new books was great for my reading list, too

flopson, Thursday, 20 August 2015 22:34 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm a lifer w/ it, I'd say. I usually run about 2-3 issues behind and catch up in bursts.

ime there's a 'I definitely should read this important-looking article' thing to overcome - I stall on issues when I fall into that. Skim and skip when you want - you can usually decide whether you're in or out after 2-3 columns of an article, and when you get to know its patterns and regulars it gets easier.

woof, Friday, 21 August 2015 00:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Cool, maybe I'll have at it again at some point - or I'll pick it up in airports when travelling, a lot of disposable quality reading material for the price.

niels, Friday, 21 August 2015 07:50 (three years ago) Permalink

I'd never read it till last christmas when I got a subscription, was immediately smitten with the naked political bias, the petty infighting of the letters page, and the 'reviews' where the reviewer spends the majority of the time demonstrating their superiority in the subject, barely mentioning the book in question. I'm a born dilettante so will happily read scholarly pieces on subjects I could never sustain interest in for a whole book. I don't kid myself that I'm learning anything, it's purely a transitory pleasure. Diski's stuff - on her cancer as well as on Lessing - is worth the entry price alone imo.

ledge, Friday, 21 August 2015 08:02 (three years ago) Permalink

haha, that's a p great take, maybe I should revel more in the fun of it instead of being offended at not "getting it".

niels, Friday, 21 August 2015 08:04 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Just got round to Diski's last piece (vol 37/ no.24), she's finally revealed with a dramatic flourish the end game of her grand scheme - singlehandedly demolishing Doris Lessing's entire reputation.

ledge, Saturday, 26 December 2015 11:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Is that why non-subscribers can't read that installment? ;-)

(can you paste it somewhere?)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 December 2015 11:51 (two years ago) Permalink

For a limited time only:

ledge, Saturday, 26 December 2015 12:06 (two years ago) Permalink


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 December 2015 12:40 (two years ago) Permalink


things that are jokes pretty much (nakhchivan), Saturday, 26 December 2015 13:16 (two years ago) Permalink

I had, and I think she had, a sense that she knew it all. She had been pals with R.D. Laing and lived some crazed years with Clancy Sigal. She had read a bunch of Pelican books on the sociology and psychology of behaviour. We all did then, they sat on bookshop shelves like a university course: Laing, David Stafford-Clark, Erving Goffman, Vance Packard, Michael Argyle, C.J. Adcock, Viktor Frankl. And more and more. They were all over the house, on tables, on the floor. She bought them, I bought them, Peter and his friends bought them. Somehow they were cheap enough for the smallest allowance. All these were read and taken in. How could you not cope with a difficult adolescent with all that under your belt?


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 December 2015 15:22 (two years ago) Permalink

This was so good - and makes me want to read more Lessing next year. I must be attracted to people with shitty reputations.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 December 2015 16:10 (two years ago) Permalink

I've only read The Grass is Singing, about which I have little to say, and Shikasta, which I found unpleasant and gave me a picture of its author (personal interpretation obv) which has correlated remarkably strongly with the one built up slowly and carefully by Diski.

ledge, Saturday, 26 December 2015 17:15 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't know much about lessing and haven't read any of her stuff, but i love when LRB gets scurrilous. one of the best and strangest stories i ever read was Andrew O'Hagan on abandoning a job ghostwriting an autobiography of Julian Assange

flopson, Sunday, 27 December 2015 01:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Weirdly that article is being made into a movie

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 27 December 2015 10:06 (two years ago) Permalink


flopson, Sunday, 27 December 2015 17:27 (two years ago) Permalink


Sufism lasted, as far as I can tell, for the rest of Doris’s conscious life. In later years she never spoke to me about ‘the work’, as it was called. I wasn’t sure whether this was from disappointment about the teaching or from her understanding that I was a failure and therefore to be kept in the dark. She told me when Shah died of heart failure in 1996, but only for my information. No questions allowed. No weeping, no distress. After all, we were all here on borrowed time, waiting for the penny to drop. Shah set up groups and organisations and Roger, our small daughter and I often spent a Saturday or Sunday first in his house in a leafy village not too far from London and then at Langton House near Tunbridge Wells, another suburb of perfect respectability. The house was, I suppose, formerly the old landowner’s house, large and walled, with outbuildings and a huge garden. Things were various. People in groups went at weekends to manicure the gardens and on Saturday night to have a group meal and listen to Shah’s table talk, which was, if you listened properly, Doris said, his real teaching. There were public lectures, generally on historical or philosophical topics. The lecturers were academics or highly regarded journalists and writers, who, as far as I know, had nothing to do with the Sufis, or even knew that they were speaking under their aegis, but were paid to lecture by the Institute for Cultural Research, set up by Shah.

Thomas M. Disch reviewing a book by Peter Washington:

Shah managed to connect with one of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky's most devoted disciples, Captain J. G. Bennett. Now an old man and a spiritual orphan, Bennett was persuaded in the 1960s to turn over a valuable English estate at Coombe Springs, which had served for many years as a Gurdjieff-style Prieure. When the other trustees of the estate balked, Shah was adamant: there must be an outright gift or nothing at all. Bennett tried to negotiate, but the more conciliatory his behavior, the more outrageous Shah's demands became. The new teacher wanted to know how Bennett could have the nerve to negotiate with the Absolute. Once the Absolute had got his way, "Shah's first act was to eject Bennett and the old pupils from their own house, banning them from the place except by his specific permission. His second act was to sell the property to developers for £100,000 in the following year, buying a manor house at Langton Green near Tunbridge Wells in Kent with the proceeds."

alimosina, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Real estate -- secret key to the Universe

alimosina, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:14 (two years ago) Permalink

27 June. Shortly after the East Coast franchise has been sold off to a tie-up between Virgin and Stagecoach I am sitting at Leeds station when a notice is flashed up on the Sky screen: 'Hello Leeds. Meet Virgin trains. We've just arrived and we can't wait to get to know you.'

And take you for every penny we can.

You couldn't make it up.

lem kip öbit (wins), Thursday, 31 December 2015 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

It strikes me these days how much the LRB carries about the classical world. Can feel like 1-2 articles about Ancient Rome per issue.

I don't read Diski but did you notice that the short cuts piece on the Piers Gaveston Society was taken down from the website? Possibly for legal reasons. (I hated the article.)

the pinefox, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 11:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Still there for me:

Basically written by hedonismbot, demystifying to the point of mundanity.

ledge, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 12:36 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I'm ambivalent about Lessing but I can recommend the Golden Notebook. I also liked her short essayistic collection Prisons We Choose to Live Inside.

I don't know how many people remember, but Lessing went to Afghanistan in the 80s and wrote a book celebrating he Mujahideen. I remember seeing it on remainder tables (late 80s or early 90s) and I wish I had bought a copy. I would like to read that some day. I'd be surprised if she didn't have some contact with the CIA.

I think I was reading LRB a lot about ten years back. I appreciated their coverage of Israel's aggression against Lebanon in 2006. I do feel a bit lost at times, in LRB. It all seems terribly British, though I guess I find the flavor a little more palatable than TLS. (I like that end of the year issue of TLS though, where lots of writers talk about what they have been reading in the past year.) I still glance at it from time to time and I think I like its reviews of philosophy, history and social science works best. Often it's choice of what literature to cover bores me, but then I hardly do any literary reading, so my opinion is pretty useless on that.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2016 19:11 (two years ago) Permalink

(Since I haven't read her Mujahideen book I probably shouldn't be saying it was a celebration of them, but that's the impression I remember getting from glancing at it.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2016 19:27 (two years ago) Permalink

i can recommend the golden notebook (incidentally my wife was less complementary, enigmatically remarking while reading it that "you might as well be reading something written by a man", whatever she meant by that) but the overall oeuvre of lessing im not so sure about. some clunkers for sure. there's a book of hers called the fifth child which is basically "we need to talk about kevin" ten years earlier and without the massacre dénouement. it's just as poor as the shriver book.

we started to read it in high school - it was part of the syllabus - but the book was so universally disliked, including by the teacher that we changed to a different book. I had already finished it by that stage, unfortunately.

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Friday, 22 January 2016 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Every female friend I've ever mentioned Lessing to has either had no opinion or a negative opinion. On the other hand, my mother was a Lessing enthusiast though, at least up to the science fiction phase, though I think at that point she still respected her for doing what she wanted with her work.

I had a professor in college who said that Lessing could not "write an English sentence" (if I remember the phrase correctly).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2016 20:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Another thing about LRB: a lot of times the article titles are as obscure to me as a goon crew or lex thread title on ILM.

"What Lord Essington Didn't Find in the Forest"

And I am left wondering if I should be interested in this or not.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 22 January 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

When I worked in a bookshop Lessing was highly thought of by a lot of women who would have thought of themselves as 2nd-gen feminists. Not that they bought anything new by her, but they looked back fondly on her heyday.

I've liked a few of her books, and some of her stories, but she's very hit and miss for me.

like Uber, but for underpants (James Morrison), Friday, 22 January 2016 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

(I like that end of the year issue of TLS though, where lots of writers talk about what they have been reading in the past year.)

I like that as well. TLS' coverage of translated literature is far, far better than the LRB.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 22 January 2016 23:00 (two years ago) Permalink

As for Lessing The Golden Notebook is all-time and that piece of Diski's points to The Children of Violence series so that's where I'll go next.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 22 January 2016 23:05 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Diski died this morning, sadly. Ominously, no pieces by her had appeared recently.

🐸 a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly i (James Morrison), Thursday, 28 April 2016 23:28 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Nifty thing of 100 de-paywalled 'diary' articles from various places/events around the world:

James Morrison, Friday, 19 August 2016 00:49 (two years ago) Permalink

definitely one of those times when i regret not having a subscription to the lrb: vaneigem on bosch

no lime tangier, Thursday, 1 September 2016 08:55 (two years ago) Permalink

word can someone pastebin that

r|t|c, Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:34 (two years ago) Permalink

may the almighty lord's blessing rain on you vigorously

r|t|c, Thursday, 1 September 2016 10:55 (two years ago) Permalink

^seconded :-D

no lime tangier, Thursday, 1 September 2016 11:39 (two years ago) Permalink


xyzzzz__, Thursday, 1 September 2016 20:32 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I'm looking for a magazine focusing on new fiction (preferably global, genre-inclusive) for inspiration - great as LRB and NYRB are, I'm more interested in reviews and interviews than in-depth analysis. Any recommendations?

niels, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 07:38 (one year ago) Permalink

World Literature Today and its new spinoff Latin American Literature Today might be worth a look. but I cant think of anything that exactly fits the bill, and would also read a magazine like the one you describe.

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Tuesday, 28 February 2017 08:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Michael Orthofer's Complete Review is a blog, not a magazine, and it doesn't have interviews, but it has many good reviews of current and older world literature. Don't let the mid-1990s Geocities look of the site turn you off, because the quality of the content is really good.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:35 (one year ago) Permalink

^^^ good one. Though be aware he pretty much hates short fiction, poetry, most non-fiction, and book covers that aren't pure white with a little bit of text.

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 00:04 (one year ago) Permalink

thanks for the input! went with a sub to World Literature Today, but will keep the Complete Review in mind for reference

niels, Thursday, 2 March 2017 16:19 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I recently had my subscription renewed as a gift and I'm busy building up a new stack of articles I'll get around to at some point. Recent highlights have been Colm Toibin on Diane Arbus, Rivka Galchen on Kafka's last (read: earliest) letters and dear, creaky old Iain Sinclair on London (what else). I've missed it.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 3 April 2017 11:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Curiously I've found it below-par recently ... including for instance Runciman on Theresa May.

the pinefox, Monday, 3 April 2017 12:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Agreed on that article. Very flat. Evidence of a torpor in the opposition?

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 3 April 2017 12:13 (one year ago) Permalink

wasn't impressed with the sinclair, his concerns might be legit but it just read like old man yells at cloud.

ledge, Monday, 3 April 2017 12:24 (one year ago) Permalink

i find him at quite a basic level unreadable. that first set of sentences!

So: the last London. It has to be said with a climbing inflection at the end. Every statement is provisional here. Nothing is fixed or grounded. Come back tomorrow and the British Museum will be an ice rink, a boutique hotel, a fashion hub. The familiar streets outside will have vanished into walls of curved glass and progressive holes in the ground. The darkened showroom of the Brick Lane monumental mason with the Jewish headstones will be an art gallery. So?

Fizzles, Monday, 3 April 2017 12:30 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw Sinclair give that lecture in person. He was mostly just improvising with eloquence. It's odd that it has now become a piece of ... writing.

I can imagine it being transcribed by a computer from the recording. Which would helpfully explain Fizzles' bemusement.

the pinefox, Monday, 3 April 2017 12:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I used to love his prose, thought it sparked off the page. That certainly doesn't. Also that bit about the BM, I know it's lol hyperbole but my first thought was "no it won't".

ledge, Monday, 3 April 2017 12:40 (one year ago) Permalink

I think it's been diminishing returns for a while with Sinclair - almost like he's written himself to a standstill inside ever-decreasing circles.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 3 April 2017 12:44 (one year ago) Permalink

it's a bit like he's writing the voice-over for a documentary. which would be fine, if the documentary existed, and there were images to hang the scraps from.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 3 April 2017 13:15 (one year ago) Permalink

i get both lrb and nyrb but i think i am going to jettison the first. so much of it feels sealed off in its own world.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 3 April 2017 13:16 (one year ago) Permalink

friend of mine who had to work w iain sinclair told a story about him where he came off as a pompous, defensive, bitter misogynist which has put me off getting more familiar

ogmor, Monday, 3 April 2017 13:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I have always found his writing rather hard to follow. Is this worse than his previous writing? I mean both worse for that trait and worse in general.

The bit about the British Museum is obviously a joke and, yes, perhaps it does all seem like 'old man yells at cloud' but I do know exactly what he means. I took a walk through the West End recently and was astonished at the amount of demolition and construction going on. A great many familiar (or kind of familiar) buildings are disappearing. On one corner of Leicester Square, something large has gone (a cinema, I think). I believe they are going to extend the hotel next door (the former Leicester Square Dental Hospital). Then, in Soho, Walker's Court is in the process of being torn apart. The Raymond Revue Bar building was being demolished even as I walked past. And it was the same on a number of other blocks around there. (Also, I recently noticed that the Odeon Marble Arch has gone.) Perhaps it is just age. It's only because these things have been around in my lifetime that it seems strange to see them go. If I was young and had only recently come to London, probably none of it would be particularly remarkable.

dubmill, Monday, 3 April 2017 14:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I think he has been a very very good writer, in his own way. Maybe one of the greats of his generation.

Maybe he is past his prime but that will come to all of us. If we're lucky. Enough to have a prime.

But it's true, this particular London lecture, in person, was not great work. Rambling, semi-reactionary, etc, and only occasionally insightful. He oddly connected London to Donald Trump; can't recall if there was any substance to that.

the pinefox, Monday, 3 April 2017 14:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Liked Downriver quite a bit at the time and have much time for his film crit. Sinclair's BFI book on Crash is good.

His LRB work though is rough-going to say the least.

As to the LRB itself that "Women in Power" issue had a risible cover and concept. That aside it was pretty good. Loved the pieces on Spinoza, Claretta Mussolini, Kafka and they actually got me interested in a work of fiction (The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus) which happens once every 3/6 months. LRBs coverage of fiction is so bad.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 April 2017 18:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I wanted to pick up the latest issue to read Sheila Fitzpatrick's essay on the centenary of the Russian Revolution/review of recent books on it but haven't yet.

I also let my sub lapse and have been tempted to renew again, but have been waiting for an issue with enough to really win me back. So far, no luck.

I know it's not really the thread for it, but any thoughts on who may take over the reins of the NYRB?

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 3 April 2017 20:42 (one year ago) Permalink

to read Sheila Fitzpatrick's essay on the centenary of the Russian Revolution/

iirc SPs conclusions that there isn't much enthusiasm for the Russian revolution or its ideas was to me, especially given what has been happening post-Latin America, then onto Sanders/Corbyn and some of the fierce counters from the right (and er Bannon being a fan of Lenin, although that's probably a troll, even so..)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 April 2017 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Iain Sinclair is a pain in the hole. Only stuff of his I have enjoyed were the book-scout bits in White Chapel Scarlet Tracings or whatever it was. Psychogeography has produced a vast amount of bad writing, probably second only to the Beats.

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Monday, 3 April 2017 23:57 (one year ago) Permalink

simplicius simplicissimus is very good!

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I really like Iain Sinclair but I think his window, by design, due to the nature of his obsessions, was relatively narrow - from Lights Out to Edge of the Orison (the fiction is a different beast). I think I'm also fine with thinking him a bit of a charlatan.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 08:09 (one year ago) Permalink

That's a good statement Chinaski!

re: fiction: my sense is that he isn't really cut out for it. He is good at writing 'fact that becomes fictional', but bad when he does 'fiction based on fact'.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 09:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Opened the new issue, ie with Sinclair. Seems surprisingly uninteresting.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i have done a 180 on the lrb. the last few issues have been excellent. so many highlights! michael wood on fritz lang. peter green on ancient greece.

nyrb on the other hand. does anybody actually read those tomasky articles on trump? maybe it's the change in editorship, but the quality feels wildly variable all of a sudden.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw Wood give that lecture at the British Museum. It felt like very below-par Wood, worryingly wayward by his standards. But I think it comes across a bit better in print. The same was true of Sinclair's 'Last London'.

the pinefox, Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:04 (one year ago) Permalink

it could have been better. he never really ties together the big heat and mabuse the way he says he wants to. but it was fascinating to me all the same.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:27 (one year ago) Permalink

The long article on the Cadbury's Somerville plant was excellent - both incredibly sad and worrying but with these occasional flashes of unintentional comedy. "We watched the last Crunchie come off the production line" or whatever.

Matt DC, Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I didn't get much out of that piece on Lang. Like Wood synthesized a lot of readings to...I'm not sure what point. Did remind me that I must read someting by Kraucauer.

I loved Jenny Turner's piece on Elsa Morante - great literary journalism on a writer whose work I love.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 29 April 2017 11:23 (one year ago) Permalink

krakauer generally a let-down in my experience -- tho i do remember liking his piece on the tiller girls

i think LRB has had some terrific stuff this year, I was going to do a giant post on all the good stuff (and then remembered i have an actual large writing project which is already three months past deadline)

mark s, Saturday, 29 April 2017 11:30 (one year ago) Permalink

The long article on the Cadbury's Somerville plant was excellent - both incredibly sad and worrying but with these occasional flashes of unintentional comedy. "We watched the last Crunchie come off the production line" or whatever.

― Matt DC, Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:02 (eight hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

James Meeks is the lrb writer I will always make sure to read. The long article about social housing from about three years ago was his best I think.

plax (ico), Saturday, 29 April 2017 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

krakauer generally a let-down in my experience -- tho i do remember liking his piece on the tiller girls

Thought you liked him - maybe I'm mis-remembering you talking him up a couple of years ago (?)

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:12 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

They're doing the free subscription thing again, so the first person who wants one can have one: just let me know. it says you can't have been a subscriber before to qualify.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 1 June 2018 09:28 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Haven't finished yet, but this is quite powerful so far.

Federico Boswarlos, Sunday, 23 September 2018 14:20 (two months ago) Permalink

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