Who would win in a fight between Bad Robot and Mutant Enemy?

THERE IS NO QUESTION that two of the dominant forces in genre television right now are J.J. Abrams and Joss …

Our Favorite Things

Before becoming part of the LARB’s “China Blog” team (indeed, before that publication even began), several of the people who …

The Christmas Movie: A Hate/Need Relationship

Dear Television, HERE’S THE THING no one wants to admit about televised Christmas movies: they’re all horrible. Don’t get me …

Back to the Present of the Future: Continuum and the War on Terror

By Jonathan Alexander I’LL BEGIN WITH A DISCLAIMER: as much as I love SF, time-travel stories are my least favorite.  …

Late-Breaking Iran and China News: A 1979 Flashback

by Jeffrey Wasserstrom The weekend before Thanksgiving was a big one for international headlines. The biggest breaking story, coming out …

I Don’t Know I’m Beautiful

Dear Television, I FIND MUSIC VIDEOS to be a lot of work. When someone sends me a link to a …

3 Ways of Looking at Arcade Fire

Dear Television, EVERYBODY HATED “Bound 2.” I don’t mean the song. In fact, if you ask Yeezy purists, probably too …