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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, […]


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On Watching the Wire Again

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Originally published on LARB Channel Avidly, Claire Jarvis recounts her experience of watching The Wire again.  By Claire Jarvis It’s deep in July, and there’s nothing on television; the season of rewatching is upon us. My partner and I have decided on The Wire. The first two times I watched The Wire, I was living in the Baltimore it […]


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Bread and Circus: A Round-up of our Best World Cup Pieces

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Photo: Brazil, May 10, 2014 By Leon Dische Becker If you’ve been following our World Cup symposium, Brazil’s lackluster performance will not have come as a surprise to you. We kicked off our coverage with a pertinent interview about the legendary rise and recent fall of Brazilian football.


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We Out Here

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Photo: SRO fire escape. SoMa, SF, 2010.  Today’s post is a photo essay on San Francisco by Rian Dundon, originally published by LARB Channel Boom. By Rian Dundon Editor’s note: We asked photographer Rian Dundon to put a face on the displacement that is roiling San Francisco. His photo essay focuses on the city, but also […]