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John Lanchester · Brexit Blues · LRB 28 July 2016
"The campaign’s second big lie was that the UK would be able to have access to the single market without accepting the free movement of people from the EU. No country has this arrangement, and there is no reason to think it is possible. If Britain were to secure a deal whereby it had access to the single market and control over EU immigration, it would be the end of the EU – because other countries would leave the EU and demand the same. Leave campaigners don’t seem to understand that Continental elites feel just as strongly about the continued existence of the EU as the Leavers feel about Brexit. For the EU to survive, it will be important for the UK to be seen to pay a high price for leaving. We don’t know what that price is going to be, and I don’t look forward to finding out." Strong stuff from John Lanchester - a delight to read as always - but god, I don't half feel queasy doing so.
lrb  johnlanchester  brexit  politics  economics  britain  oof 
july 2016 by infovore
John Barrell · At Tate Britain: L.S. Lowry · LRB 8 August 2013
"Here are ‘the obsolete industrial plants; the inadequacy of unchanged transport systems and overstrained power supplies … the shift of power from industrial capital to international finance capital’ and so on. Here is the self-consciously world-historical Lowry, showing us Britain mired in its past, and perhaps the future of China. But here and there is the old local Lowry, whose people cannot see beyond the foreground terraces to the dystopian prospect, and so seem to manage, to cope, even to enjoy themselves, on their own tight patch. People stop to chat or just to stand about; kids play; dogs and babies get taken for walks; women wear bright vermilion, the happy colour of the summer of 2013, and apparently of 1950 too. It’s hard to say this without sounding as folksy as Brian and Michael, and perhaps that’s exactly what it is, but right now what I most admire and enjoy about Lowry is the interest he shows, without any apparent agenda, in what people do. I have no idea why that should be so moving." Wonderful article from this fortnight's LRB about the Lowry retrospective at Tate Britain.
lrb  johnbarrell  lslowry  lowry  art  industrialrevolution  thenorth  industry  cities  people 
july 2013 by infovore
LRB · Terry Eagleton · Count the Commas
"Craig Raine’s Heartbreak is a novel in the sense in which Eton is a school near Slough. The description is true but misleading. It is really a collection of short stories, loosely linked by the topic announced in the title; but perhaps because the English are said to be averse to buying such volumes, the publishers have represented it as a novel, rather as Jedward are represented as singers." Yes, this has got a lot of coverage (mainly for that opening sentence) but it's still a powerful piece of criticism from Eagleton.
terryeagleton  literarycriticism  lrb  craigraine  heartbreak  review 
june 2010 by infovore
LRB · Roy Mayall: Diary
"There is a tension between the Royal Mail as a profit-making business and the Royal Mail as a public service. For most of the Royal Mail management – who rarely, if ever, come across the public – it is the first. To the delivery officer – to me, and people like me, the postmen who bring the mail to your door – it is more than likely the second." Excellent diary in the LRB from a Royal Mail postman, which at least helps explain a lot of the problems inside the postal system, as opposed to just the ones I experience outside it.
postage  post  royalmail  mail  uk  politics  business  communications  diary  lrb 
september 2009 by infovore
LRB · John Lanchester: Is it Art?
Lanchester writing about games, from the point of view of a smart person who's actually played the games he described. I certainly don't agree with all his points, but I don't disagree with them all, and he's not mouthing off: he's making smart connections and indicating more than a passing familiarity with the medium. Might write a tad more on this.
games  writing  culture  criticism  art  lrb  johnlanchester 
december 2008 by infovore
LRB | John Lanchester : Short Cuts
The banning of Manhunt 2 will prove to be a good thing if it helps companies like Rockstar to realise that the industry’s ambition should be the opposite of everyone else’s: to get off the front page and into the arts section.
games  arts  culture  criticism  lrb 
july 2007 by infovore
LRB | Thomas Jones : Diary
"I worked out, after twenty years, how to make the little man jump." - a nice tale of programming and doing bad things, despite the odd duff fact.
lrb  games  videogames  programming  play 
october 2006 by infovore

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