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Colin Kidd: Green Pastel Redness

Ayear​ after the Trump-inspired insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January 2021, the United States experienced a less obtrusive coup d’état: the hustled retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, the oldest of the three remaining liberals on the Supreme Court. The prematurely leaked announcement in late January took Breyer himself by surprise. But the leak...

Wed Mar 16, 2022 22:29
Sofia Andrukhovych,Neal Ascherson,Ilya Budraitskis,James Butler,Andrew Cockburn,Meehan Crist,Sheila Fitzpatrick,Peter Geoghegan,Jeremy Harding,Owen Hatherley,Abby Innes,Mimi Jiang,Thomas Jones,Laleh Khalili,Jackson Lears,Donald MacKenzie,Thomas Meaney,James Meek,Pankaj Mishra,Azadeh Moaveni,Jan-Werner Müller,Vadim Nikitin,Jacqueline Rose,Jeremy Smith,Daniel Soar,Olena Stiazhkina,Vera Tolz,Daniel Trilling: Day 5, Day 9, Day 16

Sofia Andrukhovych, Neal Ascherson, Ilya Budraitskis, James Butler, Andrew Cockburn, Meehan Crist, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Peter Geoghegan, Jeremy Harding, Owen Hatherley, Abby Innes, Mimi Jiang, Thomas Jones, Laleh Khalili, Jackson Lears, Donald MacKenzie, Thomas Meaney, James Meek, Pankaj Mishra, Azadeh Moaveni, Jan-Werner Müller, Vadim Nikitin, Jacqueline...

Wed Mar 16, 2022 22:29
Julian Bell: So Much for Caligula

Gaius​ Suetonius Tranquillus was a scholar and man of letters on the imperial payroll in early second-century Rome. Around 120 ce he completed his Lives of the Caesars, a set of biographies informed by his access to official libraries and his longstanding insider status at court. Suetonius began with the career of Julius Caesar, whose rise to political...

Wed Mar 16, 2022 22:29
Stephen Sedley: Keep the baby safe

Everyone​  knows that Mervyn Griffith-Jones QC asked an Old Bailey jury in 1960 whether Lady Chatterley’s Lover was a book they would want their wives or servants to read. The jury – which included three women – is said to have laughed. Its acquittal of Penguin on a charge of violating the newly minted Obscene Publications Act 1959 is widely regarded...

Wed Mar 2, 2022 15:28
David Runciman: Short Cuts

The​ Netflix series Colin in Black and White, about the early life of the NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick, begins by comparing American football to slavery. We are shown a group of Black football players having their bodies prodded and measured by white coaches, as they decide who fits the bill and who gets tossed on the scrapheap....

Wed Mar 2, 2022 15:28
James Butler: Thou Old Serpent!

Marthe​ Brossier, a provincial demoniac, had caused a stir in Orléans and Cléry before being brought to Paris in 1599. Her sponsors, probably members of the zealous Capuchin order, timed her arrival for just before Easter, when Lenten devotions among the Catholic faithful were nearing their climax. Furious at Henri IV’s edict of toleration for his Protestant...

Wed Mar 2, 2022 15:28

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