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Bastille Day in Beverly Hills: The Revolution, Televised

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Photo: Ernest and Celestine, New Video Group, 2014 Today’s post was originally published by LARB Channel Marginalia.  By Ted Scheinman We were both light in the head from a five-mile hike that had verged on a vision quest — too many miles with too little water under a cloudless sky at Calabasas Peak. It therefore took me […]


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China’s Forgotten World War I

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Photo: The dedication of the WWI memorial in Shanghai, in 1924. By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham World War I has always been primarily associated with Europe. That’s where the conflict began, where the major battles took place, and where the war had its most visible effect – the map of the continent was redrawn in its […]


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Boom and Bust and What Comes Next

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Photo: Howard Street and First Street by Leo vanMunching. Today’s post was originally published on LARB Channel Boom, and is available on their site or from their Summer 2014 issue.  “Boom and bust is our lot and we must follow the ancient advice. . .that Joseph gave to the Pharaoh: Put away your surplus during the years […]


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7 Most Truthy NYT Columnists

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Today’s post was originally published on Avidly, one of our LARB Channels.  By Jedediah Purdy AVIDLY’S NORTH CAROLINA CORRESPONDENT, JEDEDIAH PURDY, DISCOVERED THE MAGIC OF FACEBOOK HEADLINE EDITING. TRUTHINESS ENSUED.


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The Opium War Comes to America (the Book, That is): A Q & A With Julia Lovell

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By Jeffrey Wasserstrom This week’s China Blog interview is with Julia Lovell, a British specialist in Chinese studies who teaches in London, lives in Cambridge, and has made her mark in several distinctive arenas.  She’s a distinguished translator of fiction (e.g., Zhu Wen’s short stories); she writes lively reviews and short essays for leading newspapers […]


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Psmith’s Art of Cool: War and Zen in P.G. Wodehouse

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Photo: Cover of the Bietti edition of Leave it to Psmith (1936) – Image via Wikimedia Commons Today’s post was originally published by Marginalia, one of our LARB Channels.  By Ted Scheinman Pelham Grenville Wodehouse committed his first act of civil disobedience in the nave at Saint Nicholas’ Church, Guildford within six months of being born. The author’s account […]


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Left Bank Books: A Literary Landmark Celebrates 45 Years in St. Louis

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Photo: Left Bank Books co-owner Kris Kleindienst stands in the bookstore’s doorway, then and now.  By Meg Cook Last weekend, Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri celebrated its 45th anniversary. The independent bookstore serves the “Gateway to the West” with their large collection of new and used books, and a mission to offer the […]

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Literary Junkies

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Photo: Elizabeth Weinberg, part of “All Summer in a Day” series. By Amy Spies Readers, you may relate to my addiction. It happened to me long ago. I didn’t mean to get hooked.  I was just craving something to whisk me to another land, a better life, a fantastic world.  No one told me that […]

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Coffee Table Talk with Sebastian Brock

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The Marginalia Review of Books, a LARB Channel, does great interviews over on their main site – this one was originally posted last week, but deserves a listen.  MRB editor-in-chief Timothy Michael Law talks to Sebastian Brock in Oxford. Formerly Reader in Syriac Studies in the Oriental Institute in Oxford and currently Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College, […]


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Made in Bulgaria

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Photo: A Made-in-Bulgaria Chinese pickup truck on display near the Monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria. By Tong Lam The future is all around us, hidden in physical signifiers, but we often lack the key to understanding the significations. The square around the Monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, […]