Articles By Lionel Shriver
 
January/February 2014
'Since my return from Bali, I have experimented with an accommodative tranquillity on a bicycle that makes my journey not only more pleasant but probably safer'
 
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December 2013
'The fashionable claim that “God loves all her children” is simply ridiculous. Accepting there is one, God doesn’t have genitals'
 
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November 2013
‘Why not televise a Plumbing Booker — recognising the rare tradesman who puts in shower stalls that don’t leak?’
 
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September 2013
‘Permitting cigarettes while cracking down on e-cigs is worse than barmy. It’s a violation of our civil rights’
 
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July/August 2013
'Whenever I buy something over the phone I am giving a total stranger the means to clean out my current account'
 
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June 2013
‘I imagined that my having written a novel about weight and food issues meant that I owed journalists the lowdown on my private diet and exercise habits. Wrong’
 
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May 2013
‘When I asked my winsome Han tour guide what would happen when the skyscrapers collapsed, she said with cheerful gusto, “We’ll build them again!”’
 
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April 2013
‘In case some of you Europeans were getting hopeful, no, mainstream demography does not predict that Americans are on the brink of extinction’
 
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March 2013
'Obama's attempt to discourage a British referendum on EU membership was old-style imperialism'
 
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January/February 2013
‘When a book or album no longer takes up space, doesn’t it seem less important, less precious?’
 
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December 2012
‘A couple I know earn $236,000 between them, so why are they so deeply in debt? Their problem, in a word, is education’
 
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November 2012
'I'm newly sympathetic to sane, smart, broad-minded Muslims who have lately been lumped in with the kooks getting all the press'
 
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October 2012
'In the 2012 Obama campaign, the future of American "entitlements", Medicare and Social Security, is avoided'
 
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September 2012
'I'm a cyclist, not a cycho. Go ahead, hyperventilate: I jump the red light'
 
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July/August 2012
'It is not rational to delight in a eurozone collapse. But the euro has become the supreme icon of all we despise about the EU'
 
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June 2012
‘London has been ruined by roadworks. Post-2000, this erstwhile beautiful city has looked like Mogadishu’
 
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May 2012
'Two successful sharp cookies marry and bear sharp cookies: voilà, a self-sustaining upper class based not on historical injustice but merit'
 
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April 2012
‘It can’t just be a coincidence that the UK has rubbish colon screening and some of the highest mortality rates for bowel cancer in the Western world’
 
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March 2012
‘I honestly don’t know what self-respecting women are supposed to call themselves now that “feminist” has grown so tainted’
 
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January/February 2012
'Like so many once pig-ignorant artsy types, I'm now conversant with credit default swaps, bundled securities and derivatives'
 
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December 2011
'Even if it's theoretically possible to sustain 10.2 billion people on the planet, is this what we aspire to as a species?'
 
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November 2011
‘The UK has exceeded its commitment to cut carbon emissions to 34 per cent by 2020. Under Ed Miliband’s Labour government, balsa wood cars are powered with twisted rubber bands’
 
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October 2011
‘If you were a CEO, would you base your company in the United States, with one of the world’s highest corporate tax rates?’
 
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September 2011
'What’s wrong with murderers is that they murder; not that they hold the wrong views'
 
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July/August 2011
‘The writer’s place in a movie is somewhere between the second assistant cameraman and the catering staff’
 
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June 2011
‘I do not care whether Osama bin Laden was cowering behind his wife or whether he had a gun. I’m just glad he’s dead’
 
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May 2011
'A fat tax would earn the Treasury £38 billion a year. But it would only raise that much money if it didn't work'
 
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April 2011
‘If you’ve always paid your way in your working life, you’ll pay your way as you die’
 
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March 2011
‘The acquiescent citizen is always a soft target for lazy, disproportionate policing’
 
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January/February 2011
‘The trolls of the web have been put on notice. I won’t read your vile comments’
 
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December 2010
‘I sympathise with London motorists who are exasperated with massive packs of cyclists’
 
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November 2010
‘It’s appalling that 28 per cent of us live off the state…Like my father, without work I would be bereft’
 
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October 2010
‘A few Muslim extremists have transformed the experience of travelling’
 
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September 2010
‘The US has been hoist on the petard of its own propaganda, its own vanity about itself being a “nation of immigrants”’
 
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July/August 2010
'Life doesn't imitate art; art imitates life, rather pallidly in most instances'
 
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June 2010
'Beware: your government is about to become dangerous. It is about to become California'
 
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May 2010
'DIY is a way of life and a point of view. I have the highest regard for manual competence'
 
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April 2010
‘I have nothing against the hard-working citizens of Bangalore, but I doubt I am alone in my dismay that British companies have outsourced their helplines wholesale’
 
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March 2010
‘Why don’t I have a mobile, much less an iPhone or a BlackBerry? While I can afford the economic expense, I cannot afford the emotional expense when it doesn’t work’
 
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January/February 2010
‘I found myself in the perverse position of praying, in defiance of my politics, that healthcare legislation would get bogged down. Selfish? Hell, yes!’
 
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December 2009
‘Every time I talk to my brother, I wonder if it is for the last time...He is actually eating himself to death’
 
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November 2009
‘The idea that diligent citizens have been putting away money for their retirement with National Insurance contributions is a myth’
 
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October 2009
‘I'm hereby volunteering to save everyone a bundle and throw in the towel on my last two years’
 
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September 2009
‘Michael Jackson was a study in shame. He was ashamed of being black, ashamed of being gay’
 
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July/August 2009
‘My quasi-Freudian theory about Gordon Brown is that he reminds the electorate collectively of Daddy’
 
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June 2009
‘We have veritably criminalised making money. The proposition that rich people have rights, too, has flown out the window’
 
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May 2009
The elegant semi-colon is dying out; it is being replaced by the em-dash—the all-purpose tool of the lazy writer
 
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