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    Default Essayists to look out for

    I spend a fair portion of my days (especially my 'working' days) reading essays on/in the LRB/New Yorker/New York Review of Books, etc.

    I've discovered certain writers who I enjoy reading and I usually proceed to seek out more essays by them - but I usually discover this at random

    So wondering if there are certain writers/columnists who write essays for these or other publications that you lot might hip me to?

    They can be specialists or the sort of writers who can write about ANYTHING and make it compelling.

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    please dont turn middlebrow on us corpse.

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    Might be a bit provincial, but Anne Enright is generally very good.

    https://www.lrb.co.uk/contributors/anne-enright

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    my monobrow fave at LRB is Jeremy Harding, i followed his essays on migration since the 90's, met him once in an overcoat on russell square, proper classic

    Dissensus LRB fave is Lanchester innit? this (fiction, just to fuck up the thread) is very funny and extremely dissensus-ish imho https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n01/john-l.../coffin-liquor
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    The idler is still going
    amazingly

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    Goodness Gracious Granta is still around too

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    please dont turn middlebrow on us corpse.
    I can just imagine you on the tube, your LRB hidden discretely between the pages of Four Four Two magazine

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    when i was working with builders youd hear a lot of people regurgitate sun editorials like it was their own opinion. thick as fuck, no need to dress it up or pretend otherwise. but radio 4, the guardian, the new yorker etc work in exactly the same way. to replicate, ideology seems to big a word for something so cobbled together, but to make copies of themselves. you end up filling the world with boring people. the most boring dead ideas about life, reality, culture, politics. it's just a bit depressing. better to stay well away from these people and their essays.

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    point taken (OTOH I don't know a single 'Guardian' reader who doesn't vocally disdain it on the daily - its readership seems to be entirely made up of people who can't stand it)

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    doesn't have to be an LRB/New Yorker essayist, could be MONTAIGNE or ORWELL or RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

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    Quote Originally Posted by CORP$EY View Post
    They can be specialists or the sort of writers who can write about ANYTHING and make it compelling.
    To bang a favourite drum of mine, can't go wrong with https://www.amazon.co.uk/Museum-With...dp/1783520191/ for compelling writing. And it really is ANYTHING: Portsmouth, typefaces, incest, sausages, Belgium, Nazis, class distinctions in fly fishing...
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    Looool!

    Quote Originally Posted by John Lanchester
    The first talk on the first morning was titled ‘What String Theorists Can Learn from Vlad the Impaler: Narrative, Belief and the Immanence of the Imperceptible’.
    Alan Sokal called...
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    Ardkore fits only too well the model of terminal culture that Paul Virilio prophesies in The Aesthetics Of Disappearance: “a switch from the extensive time of history to the intensive time of momentariness without history”. This emergent anti-culture of instantaneity will be inhabited by a new breed of schizophrenic subject, whose ego is “made up of a series of little deaths and partial identities”.

    No narrative, no destination: Ardkore is an intransitive acceleration, an intensity without object. That’s why the MC patter sounds more appropriate for a rollercoaster than music – “hold tight”, “let’s go”, “hold it down” – and why Techno is all you’ll hear at fairgrounds these days. Does this disappearance of the object of desire, this intransitive intensity, make Ardkore a culture of autistic bliss?
    good essay. https://www.thewire.co.uk/in-writing...ore-rave_1992_

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    that garage one really makes an impression. i was saying to luka the othr day that it gives me this very tangible sense of excitement and anticipation. he said it was his favourite in reynolds' wire series. later on ach unprompted mentioned it as being great too. i think the hardcore one's the best.

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