Beyoncé Lessons

LARB editors Michelle Chihara and Sarah Mesle went to see Beyoncé’s “Formation” tour’s recent stop at Dodger Stadium.  This is …

Reading Hillbilly Elegy in Beijing

By Jeremiah Jenne The United States and China have more in common than people might think. Both are vast, continental …

Iranian “Fan” Takes Home Top Prize at Farhang Foundation’s Short Film Festival

By Orly Minazad Farhang Foundation’s 8th annual short-film festival took place Saturday night at LACMA’S Bing Theater to a sold …

Reading Plays

By Ian MacAllister-McDonald The first time script I ever read was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as adapted by Hamilton Deane and …

Trigger Warnings: What We Fear

By Bailey Pickens At the end of August, John Ellison, dean of the University of Chicago, joined the ranks of many …

Why Does Korean Literature Use an Alphabet?

By Charles Montgomery The LARB Korea Blog is currently featuring selections from The Explorer’s History of Korean Fiction in Translation, …

Wish You Were Here: The Virtues of Banality

By Maximillian Alvarez I. “Love in the Ruins” When I begin to lose hope—when I sense that I am, in …