Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Pop Politics: Angela Davis, Nina Simone, and Bob Dylan

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By Jordan Alexander Stein If I hum a few bars, you might begin to recall the tune. It goes like this. In August 1970, a warrant was issued for Angela Davis’s arrest. Two guns she’d legally owned and registered turned up in a courtroom shoot out a week before, and this disgraced philosophy professor, doubtful […]

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Faking Galileo: From the LARB Quarterly Journal, Spring 2014

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The following is a feature article from the newly released LARB Quarterly Journal: Spring 2014 edition. To pick up your copy of the Journal, become a member of the Los Angeles Review of Books at the $11 monthly level or order a copy at amazon.com, indiebound.com or b&n.com.  ¤ ART FORGERIES have long been the stuff of thrillers, with fake da Vincis or Vermeers fooling connoisseurs, roiling […]


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What’s the Matter with San Francisco?

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Below is a piece from Boom, one of our LARB Channels. We’ve reproduced it in full here; to read the original, and to check out more from Boom, visit their website.  By Eve Bachrach and Jon Christensen From Boom Summer 2014, Vol 4, No 2 We’re not arguing about what really matters. So many columns filled, so much hand […]


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By Amy Tan
589 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $29.99.

City of Reinvention: A Review of Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement

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By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Shanghai is a city of reinvention. The metropolis has transformed over the past two centuries from a regional trading hub to a massive global financial center. Shanghai has become the site where China meets the world, a point of entry for alien goods and customs that transfigure the city into an […]


LARB Channels Mark Harris, The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science, Durham: Acumen, 2013, 213pp.

Can the Bible Survive Science?: A Review From Marginalia by John Walton

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Below is an excerpt from a review of Mark Harris’s The Nature of Creation, originally published by LARB Channel Marginalia earlier today.  In 2003, an international research group successfully mapped the human genome, exposing for the first time the mass of genetic information encoded in human DNA. This event changed the ideological landscape of conversations on […]


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Dear Television Weekly Roundup: June 15–21

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By Jacob Surpin It’s been a big week for television coverage here at LARB. Along with Dear TV, two other excellent pieces on television appeared as well. While not technically Dear TV, they are featured in this recap. Including those pieces, we saw essays on Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, and Louie. Dear Television, June […]


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Quiet Days in Malibu: Beck’s Recent Album

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Below is an excerpt from a review by Dave Coon of Beck’s most recent album, “Morning Phase,” originally published on Avidly, one of our LARB Channels.  Artists have been trailed out of the box canyons north of Los Angeles by enemies, real or imagined, for decades. Jules Amthor, Chandler’s sociopathic psychic, cornered Phillip Marlow in […]


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Why Study Journalism in China?

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Photo: Wang Zihao. © Dou Yiping By Lu-Hai Liang and Dou Yiping China’s journalism schools, like those in many countries, are packed full of students preparing to join an industry where the supply of graduates far exceeds the number of positions available. The press may be perceived as the fourth estate in the West, but some […]


LARB Channels Sidney H. Griffith, The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the ‘People of the Book’ in the Language of Islam. Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World, Princeton University Press, 2013, 247pp.

The Arabic Bible Before Islam: From Marginalia

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Clare Wilde on Sidney H. Griffith’s The Bible in Arabic, Excerpted From Marginalia Non-Muslims, including Jews and Christians, have spoken Arabic since before the revelation of the Qur’an. Was there an Arabic Bible before the rise of Islam? Or, did the appearance of the Arabic Qur’an shape the Arabic Bible? These are among the questions addressed in […]


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Dear Television Weekly Roundup: June 8–14

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By Jacob Surpin It’s been an unusually quiet week for Dear Television. Mad Men is currently on a mid-season hiatus, and there is no essay on Louie this week. Still, a quick glance at the LARB Main Site leaves no doubt  the section is doing ok: Dear TV pieces currently hold the nos. 1, 4, and 7 spots […]