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RUNNING IN 2024:

ON SATIRE with Colin Burrow and Clare Bucknell

Authors covered: Erasmus, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Earl of Rochester, John Gay, Alexander Pope, Laurence Sterne, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark.

HUMAN CONDITIONS with Adam Shatz, Judith Butler, Pankaj Mishra and Brent Hayes Edwards

Authors covered: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, V. S. Naipaul, Ashis Nandy, Doris Lessing, Nadezhda Mandelstam, W. E. B. Du Bois, Aimé Césaire, Amiri Baraka and Audre Lorde.

AMONG THE ANCIENTS II with Emily Wilson and Thomas Jones

Authors covered: Hesiod, Aesop, Herodotus, Pindar, Plato, Lucian, Plautus, Terence, Lucan, Tacitus, Juvenal, Apuleius, Marcus Aurelius.

Plus two bonus series, ad free:

MEDIEVAL LOLs with Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley
POLITICAL POEMS with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

Also part of the Close Readings subscription, the full series of:

MEDIEVAL BEGINNINGS with Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley

AMONG THE ANCIENTS with Emily Wilson and Thomas Jones

THE LONG AND SHORT with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

MODERN-ISH POETS SERIES 1 with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry (originally featured on the LRB Podcast)

Get in touch: podcasts@lrb.co.uk

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Dear subscribers: we're very sorry, there has been a temporary loss of subscriber episodes from this feed. We're doing our best to restore them as soon as possible.

Close Readings is a new multi-series podcast subscription from the London Review of Books exploring different periods of literature through a selection of key works.

A new episode will appear every month from each of our Close Readings series running this year.

Listen to extracts and bonus episodes in the free version of Close Readings:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ug/podcast/close-readings/id1669485143

RUNNING IN 2024:

ON SATIRE with Colin Burrow and Clare Bucknell

Authors covered: Erasmus, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Earl of Rochester, John Gay, Alexander Pope, Laurence Sterne, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark.

HUMAN CONDITIONS with Adam Shatz, Judith Butler, Pankaj Mishra and Brent Hayes Edwards

Authors covered: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, V. S. Naipaul, Ashis Nandy, Doris Lessing, Nadezhda Mandelstam, W. E. B. Du Bois, Aimé Césaire, Amiri Baraka and Audre Lorde.

AMONG THE ANCIENTS II with Emily Wilson and Thomas Jones

Authors covered: Hesiod, Aesop, Herodotus, Pindar, Plato, Lucian, Plautus, Terence, Lucan, Tacitus, Juvenal, Apuleius, Marcus Aurelius.

Plus two bonus series, ad free:

MEDIEVAL LOLs with Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley
POLITICAL POEMS with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

Also part of the Close Readings subscription, the full series of:

MEDIEVAL BEGINNINGS with Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley

AMONG THE ANCIENTS with Emily Wilson and Thomas Jones

THE LONG AND SHORT with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

MODERN-ISH POETS SERIES 1 with Mark Ford and Seamus Perry (originally featured on the LRB Podcast)

Get in touch: podcasts@lrb.co.uk

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Next Year on Close Readings: Among the Ancients II

    Next Year on Close Readings: Among the Ancients II

    For the final introduction to next year’s full Close Readings programme, Emily Wilson, celebrated classicist and translator of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, returns for a second season of Among the Ancients, to take on another twelve vital works of Greek and Roman literature with the LRB’s Thomas Jones, loosely themed around ‘truth and lies’ – from Aesop’s Fables to Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.

    Authors covered: Hesiod, Aesop, Herodotus, Pindar, Plato, Lucian, Plautus, Terence, Lucan, Tacitus, Juvenal, Apuleius, Marcus Aurelius.

    First episode released on 24 January 2024, then on the 24th of each month for the rest of the year.

    To listen to the series, you don't need to do anything, just keep subscribing and the episodes will appear in your feed.

    Close Readings Plus

    In addition to the episodes, receive all the books under discussion; access to webinars with Emily, Tom and special guests including Amia Srinivasan; and shownotes and further reading from the LRB archive.

    On sale here from 22 November: https://lrb.me/plus

    Next Year on Close Readings: Human Conditions

    Next Year on Close Readings: Human Conditions

    In the second of three introductions to our full Close Readings programme for 2024, Adam Shatz presents his series, Human Conditions, in which he’ll be talking separately to three guests – Judith Butler, Pankaj Mishra and Brent Hayes Edwards – about some of the most revolutionary thought of the 20th century.

    Judith, Pankaj and Brent will each discuss four texts over four episodes, as they uncover the inner life of the 20th century through works that have sought to find freedom in different ways and remake the world around them. They explore, among other things, the development of arguments against racism and colonialism, the experience of artistic expression in oppressive conditions and how language has been used in politically substantive ways.

    Authors covered: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Hannah Arendt, V. S. Naipaul, Ashis Nandy, Doris Lessing, Nadezhda Mandelstam, W. E. B. Du Bois, Aimé Césaire, Amiri Baraka and Audre Lorde.

    First episode released on 14 January 2024, then on the fourteenth of each month for the rest of the year.

    To listen to the series there's no need to do anything, just keep subscribing and the episodes will appear in your feed.

    Close Readings Plus

    In addition to the episodes, receive all the books under discussion; access to webinars with Adam and his guests; and shownotes and further reading from the LRB archive.

    On sale here from 22 November: https://lrb.me/plus

    Next Year on Close Readings: On Satire

    Next Year on Close Readings: On Satire

    In the first of three introductions to our full 2024 Close Readings programme, starting in January, Colin Burrow and Clare Bucknell present their series, On Satire. Over twelve episodes, Colin and Clare will attempt to chart a stable course through some of the most unruly, vulgar, incoherent, savage and outright hilarious works in English literature, as they ask what satire is, what it’s for and why we seem to like it so much.

    Authors covered: Erasmus, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Earl of Rochester, John Gay, Alexander Pope, Laurence Sterne, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark.

    Colin Burrow and Clare Bucknell are both fellows of All Souls College, Oxford, and regular contributors to the LRB.

    First episode released on 4 January 2024, then on the fourth of each month for the rest of the year.

    Close Readings Plus

    In addition to the episodes, receive all the books under discussion; access to webinars with Colin, Clare and special guests including Lucy Prebble and Katherine Rundell; and shownotes and further reading from the LRB archive.

    On sale here from 22 November: https://lrb.me/plus

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