For all its success, the London Review of Books struggles to make money. It owes its continued existence to the generosity of Wilmers herself, who regularly siphons in cash from a family trust fund. Her German father was the founder of a multinational utilities company and her ancestors on her mother’s side were Russian Jews who included the psychoanalyst Max Eitingon and Leonid Eitingon, a Stalinist agent responsible for masterminding the assassination of Leon Trotsky. Wilmers was born in Chicago, raised in New York, then moved with her family to Brussels aged nine and was sent to boarding school in England.
Did she like boarding school?
[Deadpan] “It was better than Brussels.”
— Is the LRB the best magazine in the world?
2:22 pm • 9 March 2014 • 3 notes
“I hatched a plan. Keith was going to the Arctic to report for an article”
— with the Filipinos and the icebreaker How much my novel cost me — Debt Ridden — Medium
7:30 am • 28 February 2014
BERLIN — “The music reminds me of Brooklyn!” [NYT]
6:08 am • 23 February 2014 • 2 notes
“To have a home is to become vulnerable. Not just to the attacks of others, but to our own adventures in alienation.”
— LRB · James Wood · On Not Going Home
5:39 am • 23 February 2014 • 2 notes
“Larry’s fraternity brothers, who are among his closest buddies and who have pledged him lifelong fealty during candlelit ceremonies rife with Masonic mumbo jumbo and the fluttering language of 19th-century romantic friendship.”
— The Dark Power of Fraternities
11:58 am • 21 February 2014