November 24, 2017

NO. 5982

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Cultural studies EMMA TARLO Second skin

Emma Tarlo explores the complex and thriving world of Islamic fashion

Cultural studies CHLOË HOUSTON Good place is no place

Chloë Houston on the tough job of reclaiming the idea of utopia in the twenty-first century

Commentary MARK THOMPSON A farewell to glory

Mark Thompson on Hemingway and Hugh Dalton at the Italian front

Politics JOHN BEW Revolution is not a dinner party

John Bew on attempts to understand the relationship between idealists and the powerful

Fiction M. JOHN HARRISON The Crisis

A new story by M. John Harrison

This Week Table of contents

A full table of contents for the TLS of November 24, 2017, No. 5982.

Regular features

This Week In this week’s TLS

“Utopia”, and its snarling cousin “dystopia”, is a concept that has endlessly adapted to contemporary circumstances, being both contingent and amorphous. . . .

Freelance ZINOVY ZINIK What should I do in Rome?

“Would you describe yourself as a Russian or a British author?” I’ve been asked this question on many occasions. The answer depends, of course, on who is asking.

NB J. C. Where are you?

Digital adventure, Faroese poetry, Incomprehensibility

Crosswords Crossword 1202

Our weekly literary crossword

Letters To The Editor Translating the ‘Odyssey’

Translating the ‘Odyssey’, Underrated Manhood, Gissing’s paparazzo, etc

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In Brief
JOSEPH HONE Poetry

On An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope

ROGER ATWOOD Archaeology

On Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into prehistoric Britain by James Canton

NICHOLAS HEWITT French Fiction

On Melville: A novel by Jean Giono

EMILY ZOBEL MARSHALL Cultural Studies

On The Tar Baby: A global history by Bryan Wagner

ANNA GIRLING Anthologies

On The White Review Anthology by Ben Eastham and Jacques Testard, editors

GILLIAN TINDALL Memoirs

On The East End: My birthright by Albert Turpin

J. K. ELLIOTT Religion

On The Dawn of Christianity: People and gods in a time of magic and miracles by Robert Knapp

IAN THOMSON Italian Fiction

On Anna by Niccolò Ammaniti

LETTERS & DIARIES
ALAN TAYLOR More Calvinos than carrots

The bracing story of a bookshop in a Scottish town

LIBBY PURVES Half a desire to expose themselves

A century of great minds having small moments

LINDSAY DUGUID That sort of girl

The post-war love letters of a literary late starter

This Week
This week’s contributors

Terri Apter is a psychologist and writer. Her new book, Passing Judgment, is due to be published in January 2018. William Armstrong is an Istanbul-based writer and editor at Hürriyet...

Social Studies
JERRY WHITE Rooked

How cities are controlled

MAX HOLLERAN Urban brawl

The global failure to house the poor

History
WILLIAM ARMSTRONG Myth of unity

How Islamists and Islamophobes have created a geopolitical fantasy

YSENDA MAXTONE GRAHAM It raineth every day

How England’s geography created its history

NICHOLAS VINCENT Some Lords a-leeching

A preachy and grudging history of the aristocracy from Beowulf to the present day

CHRIS GIVEN-WILSON Given to slippery ways

Striking portraits of an extraordinary medieval royal couple

Arts
GUY DAMMANN Quarry in full flight

Nico Muhly’s new opera, whose central figure remains ‘a blur’

PAUL KEEGAN The only one seeing these things

Jasper Johns and his ‘avoidances precisely realized’

Biography & Memoirs
J. MICHAEL LENNON Craftsman of violence

How ‘Gaseous Cassius’ became Muhammad Ali

Memoirs
SOPHIE HUGHES Uncorrected

A story in thick black lines

TERRI APTER Like a cracked windscreen

Putting sexual abuse into language

Essays
CLIFFORD THOMPSON Aliens and fences

The ‘why’ of American racism

ERIC ORMSBY Lessons of the master

Philip Roth, successor to Henry James

CLAIRE LOWDON Ego and libido

A writer’s struggle to get the best words in their best order

Literature
VIOLET HUDSON Waterfall in the sky

The floridly beautiful world of a Victorian writer and journalist

GERRI KIMBER Coatless and shoeless

Rediscovering an anti-socialist novel from 1907

Fiction
ROZ KAVENEY Earth-shattering

A trilogy that subverts the defining tropes of fantasy

STUART KELLY Firewall cadenzas

Nick Harkaway’s disquieting world of perfect surveillance

ANNIE McDERMOTT See through

A sometime enfant terrible’s dystopian turn

From the Archives
Rock bottom

A review by Jenny Uglow of Toni Morrison’s Sula, published in the TLS of December 19, 1980

Politics
DAVID GALLAGHER Fight of fancy

Cuba’s internal affairs and external ambitions under Fidel Castro