Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Superheroes and TV IV: Possibilities and pitfalls of contemporary television

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THE TERM TVIII has been used in television studies to describe the state of television in the 21st century. This third state of television comes after TVI, the origins of the medium in a few broadcast networks whose programming was limited to certain times of day, and after TVII, the period of deregulation and expanded […]


The China Blog Art students practicing outdoor sketching in Yixian, Anhui Province. In China, outdoor sketching has been an important part of training for painters since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Art and Globalization

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By Tong Lam In recent years, the number of applicants to Chinese art schools has increased dramatically. Earlier this year, for example, nearly 10,000 candidates submitted applications to the Shandong University of Arts and Design, a mid-tier institution. The number of applicants to top art schools is no doubt even higher. Generally, in order to […]


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Steampunk Dracula

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SCIENCE FICTION television this season continues to work through the anxieties of our contemporary moment in coded ways, from Revolution’s staging of another civil war in the battle between the “patriots” and the United States (although, confusingly, these patriots are those opposed to the ethos enacted by the Patriot Act); to Arrow’s defense of the […]


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LARB’s Naked Bookseller presents: Libros Schmibros

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The Los Angeles Review of Books talks with David Kipen, Colleen Jaurretche, and Andrew Vasquez of Libros Schmibros. The Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library just celebrated its 3rd anniversary.


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Censorship, Translation and the Chinese Market

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“To me the choice was easy…I thought it was better to have 90 percent of the book available here than zero.” Ezra Vogel, author of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of Modern China, statement made during a Chinese book tour. “As an academic who doesn’t write for a large publication, I’m always happy to have […]


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There Will Be Peplum: On the Television Uniform

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Dear Television, WHEN I WAS YOUNG, my favorite show was Star Trek: The Next Generation. There are many reasons for this love, but chief among them was the uniforms. I loved how legible they were: how you saw a color, and a number of pips on the collar, and you immediately knew what that person did […]

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The Fastest Show on TV: On The Good Wife

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A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, in this very column, I made an off-hand claim that The Good Wife is “the best show on television.” I’m certainly not alone in this belief, and the veritable Chumhum Army that came out of the twittersphere to co-sign it is proof. If I wanted to voice a controversial belief, I would […]


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The Death of the Humanities?

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By Monica F. Cohen I spent much of the summer exchanging links with friends to articles documenting the death of the humanities in American institutions of higher education. The confluence of forces seemed apocalyptically confounding: public universities requiring higher tuition for humanities courses; careerism infiltrating curricula; parents worried about tuition that demand rationalization in terms […]


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