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Leith on life

Obsessed with the forbidden

“Dad, can I have a trickortreat today?” These are, more or less unfailingly, the first words out of my four-year-old son’s mouth at half six in the morning. A “trickortreat,” in his happy rhyming slang, is a sweet, so named because of the indelible impression that Halloween made on him. On that night, my children went through the backstreets of East Finchley like a swarm of confectionerycrazed locusts. We have buckets of sweets; literally, buckets. Two of them: one purple, one orange.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Lawrence Summers questions Robert J Gordon’s thesis on the impact of the digital revolution, John Sawers, the former Chief of MI6, highlights how technology is making the work of spies harder and Frank Furedi examines the student movements demanding protection from the offensive and uncomfortable. Also in this issue: Gershom Gorenberg on Israel, Ben Judah on the complexity of London and Elizabeth Pisani on the impact of fake drugs. Plus Sam Tanenhaus on Obama’s gun control plans.
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