More or Less Insane

By Joanna Chen My cousin and his wife are visiting us. It’s been a long time since Steven and I …

In Praise of Chinese Gossip Rags

By Austin Dean I really like reading Chinese gossip magazines. That is something few foreigners in China do, and even …

The Sum of Our Fears

By Stephen Dau Abdul and his cousin, Raheem, sit in a bar in the Gare du Nord in Brussels, sipping …

An “Epic Recipe Fail”: Thanksgiving Grapegate in The New York Times

By Jon Wiener The Tuesday before Thanksgiving last year, The New York Times ran a special food section they called …

Hong Kong Revisited

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom When I visited Hong Kong earlier this month, I did some of the same things I had done …

The Return of a Political Anecdote: Ten Jokes About Vladimir Putin’s Russia

This is the first of “Provocations,” a LARB series produced in conjunction with “What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in …

The Poetry Scene in China: A Q&A with Poet and Translator Eleanor Goodman

By Austin Dean Eleanor Goodman is an acclaimed translator who recently completed a stint as Artist in Residence at M …