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The State of… is a new monthly podcast from the London Review of Books which aims to take the temperature of our contemporary culture, assessing the condition of the arts, politics and society. On each episode LRB editors Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe will be joined by two guests trying to understand a little better the state of our times.

The State of... London Review of Books

    • Arts
    • 3.6, 8 Ratings

The State of… is a new monthly podcast from the London Review of Books which aims to take the temperature of our contemporary culture, assessing the condition of the arts, politics and society. On each episode LRB editors Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe will be joined by two guests trying to understand a little better the state of our times.

    Dress

    Dress

    Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the LRB, and Rosemary Hill join Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to talk about the state of our clothes. Anne Hollander once wrote in the LRB that 'clothes exist to remind the self of the body, and to create a worldly body for each person', and our guests use this as a starting point to discuss how we try to use clothes to reveal and conceal things about ourselves.


    Mentioned in this episode:
    Anne Hollander on Kafka's clothes: https://lrb.me/annehdresspod
    Angela Carter on the latest thing: https://lrb.me/acarterdresspod
    Rosemary Hill on 'Frock Consciousness': https://lrb.me/rhilldresspod
    Find collections, back issues, covers and other LRB merchandise on the LRB Store: https://lrb.me/storepod
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    • 58 min
    The Nation

    The Nation

    William Davies and Lorna Finlayson join Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to discuss the state of the nation - the UK - in the age of Brexit. Spoiler: there are no predictions here! Instead, they talk about the trouble they have identifying with their own side, how the issue of Europe came to represent the UK's growing internal divisions, and whether we should be excited or terrified by seeing our democratic system put through its paces.
     
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    • 52 min
    The Internet

    The Internet

    Patricia Lockwood and John Lanchester join hosts Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to assess the state of the internet, including podcasts, porn, Twitter, Facebook and their first memories of being online.
     
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Indolge ,

Inauspicious

Shouty Lockwood launches off the summit by declaring that she hates podcasts.

The descent to a sticky mess thereafter just isn’t quick enough, although the others do try to offer some sort of polite and feeble resistance to the inexorable Lockwood.

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