The One About Shanghai
By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham Friends was already a huge hit among young Chinese viewers when I arrived in China for the first time, in 2005. I didn’t realize just how big a deal the show was here, though, until 2007, when I stumbled across an entire shelf of “Friends English” language-learning products in a Shanghai bookstore. [[MORE]] (The boxed sets included DVDs of the sitcom’s entire...
The week in reading… The New Feminism by Sarah Leonard The Basement The Tip of the Spear: On a five-year investigation of Scientology by Joel Sappell The Secret Lives of Stories: Rewriting Our Personal Narratives by Frank Bures Thomas Pynchon and Paul Thomas Anderson and Inherent Vice by Alexander Nazaryan H.P. Lovecraft’s Advice to Young Writers
The Asia Blog: What a Difference Two Years Makes...
by Alec Ash As with dog years, so is it with China years – one here is equivalent to several in America and Europe. When it comes to pace of change, no one else holds a candle really. The Chinese just fit more in. (The velocity of change is evident everywhere, as per the above photo taken inside one of China’s new superfast trains.) I returned to China after two years away. It’s like...
Best of Radar LARB 2012
The year in reading… The Lonely Ones by Emily Cooke What Should Be the Function of Criticism Today? by Anis Shivani A short history of Homo sapiens, as well as a prognosis for our survival by Charles C. Mann On meeting one’s cooler self by Eric Puchner Silly Theory (Or, the Second Time as Farce) by J.A. Stein Nixon’s statement “In Event of Moon Disaster” by William...
"Disruptive innovation" needs you, give to LARB...
“What is being done at the Los Angeles Review of Books is renegade. The fish swimming upstream. A perfect example of disruptive innovation in a floundering industry.” – Forbes “Since launching in April, the Los Angeles Review of Books has become immediately notable for both the quality of its writing, the range of its interests, and the names of its contributors.” - National Book Critics Circle...
Janet Fitch supports LARB, so should you.
Here’s what Janet Fitch said about last month’s LARB fundraising dinner with Jon Robin Baitz, after a performance of his play Other Desert Cities, at the Mark Taper Forum: What a great night that was, and thank you for the invitation. A memorable, memorable evening. The kind of thing I secretly hoped for when I dreamed of becoming writer—not just to produce my own work,...
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