Words of comfort in discomforting times, a ban on jargon, and Yiyun Li’s exquisite English

In Britain, the economic crisis may be worse than in the United States. Brits, though, are just about keeping their upper lip stiff with the help of a revived World War Two slogan. Also in the UK, an association of local officials wants to ban government jargon; under threat, some of these phrases seem lyrical and worth keeping, not unlike brutalist architecture. Finally, Yiyun Li, a Chinese-born novelist who writes, beautifully, in English. Her first novel, “The Vagrants” has just been published. Listen to the podcast  in iTunes or here.

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