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When David Camfield drew my attention to Rebecca Lossin’s “Against the Universal Library” (New Left Review 1-7, Sept-Oct 2017) I was initially surprised that anything to do with libraries would appear in the NLR. The long-standing traditions of critique within modern librarianship, dating from the 1930s and the establishment of...

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, Penguin Books, 1989. I read The Remains of the Day over a long-weekend shortly after Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize. I’ve been meaning to read Ishiguro for years; my friend Kyle listed it as one of the top three fiction books he read...

On Friday, McMaster Rare Books rightly took issue with the erasure of archival labour coincident with the use of a letter written by Bertrand Russel, which is in their archives. This letter has “gone viral” several times over the last few years, variously claiming to have been “unearthed” by a...

J. Moufawad-Paul, The Communist Necessity: Prolegomena to Any Future Radical Theory, Kersplebedeb, 2014. Finally, after decades of post-modernism and capitalist triumphalism, it is no longer considered impolite for academics and popular intellectuals to speak the word communism. (15). I started my undergrad in 1995, six years after the fall of...

In “Books and the Nation”, her chapter in the Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book (2015), Trish Loughran writes that the fact remains: there is no radical history of the book, no comprehensively leftist or revolutionary or decolonizing tradition to speak of. There is no queer history of...