I’ve written about the phenomenon of ‘fandom’, especially how it was fetishised and commercialised in the early 1990s, in the latest London Review of Books, in a review of Paul Campos’s A Fan’s Life.
‘The Reaction Economy’
An edited version of my recent LRB Winter Lecture, The Reaction Economy, has now appeared in the new issue of the London Review of Books. You can also listen to me discussing the piece on the LRB podcast or watch the original lecture.
LRB Winter Lecture – 10th February
Article in the London Review of Books on the decline of the UK economy as the backdrop to the current Tory leadership election.
Review of books by Mike Savage, Gurminder Bhambra & John Holmwood and Thomas Piketty, published in the London Review of Books, which considers the relationship between sociology and history in the present global conjuncture.
‘How many words does it take to make a mistake?’
Article in the London Review of Books, on EdTech, learning during lockdown and the mechanisation of ‘literacy’.
Society as broadband network
Article in the London Review of Books, on how the Covid 19 pandemic has revealed different understandings of ‘society’.
Review essay in the London Review of Books covering intergenerational politics in Britain over the past four years and Keir Milburn’s Generation Left.
‘Let’s eat badly’
Review of Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason by Justin E. H. Smith, published in the LRB.
LRB at 40: in conversation with Katrina Forrester
A podcast is now available for this event, which was held as part of a series marking the 40th birthday of the London Review of Books. We discussed the current crisis of liberalism in relation to our own writing.
‘They don’t even need ideas’
Essay on Brexit and the crisis of representative democracy, published in London Review of Books.