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Lit Crawl Event Tonight 10/22, With Flaunt Magazine

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Come join LARB and Flaunt Magazine tonight at Lit Crawl. Event info is in the poster above. There will be readings from a series of pieces on palm trees – a collaboration we did with Flaunt this summer. You can read the pieces here, but be sure to come out to the event tonight as […]

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Remembering the 1930s and 1940s, or Reliving Them?

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By Austin Dean The writer Xiao Hong is everywhere in China these days. Her face recently graced the covers of a score of newspapers and magazines; the publication Sanlian Weekly devoted over thirty pages to her; billboards advertised the recently released film about her career. In fact, the new film The Golden Era is the […]

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Tom’s Book Club: Sunday Newsletter

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David Grand’s latest novel, Mount Terminus, was 10 years in the making. This is and isn’t unusual. James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist was 13 years from start to publication, Ulysses six years, Finnegans Wake took 17 — three novels and a collection of short stories over 33 years. William Dean Howells, on the other […]

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Istanbul and Shanghai Between the Wars – Two Sides of the Same Coin

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By Paul French We generally think of Shanghai between the world wars as unique, a one-off city forming a crossroads between East and West. It was, according to this line of thinking, unique in being a place representing the modern in a country largely composed of the ancient. This vision of it is compelling, but […]

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Man Booker Prize Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Richard Flanagan, announced today as the 2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This was the first year American writers were allowed to be nominated for the prize: Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler were the only Americans to make the shortlist (consisting of […]

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Malala Yousafzai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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Today it was announced that Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi of India have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  We published a review of Yousafzai’s book, I Am Malala, a little less than a year ago, in November 2013. We read it again after we heard she had been awarded the peace prize, […]

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Remembering Derrida: A Forum

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Ten years ago, on October 9, 2004, the philosopher Jacques Derrida passed away. To mark this occasion and inquire into the legacy of Derrida’s thought today, LARB’s philosophy/critical theory genre section is featuring five short texts by Peggy Kamuf, Gil Anidjar, Elisabeth Weber, Michael Marder, and Luce Irigaray that cover aspects of Derrida’s thought ranging from […]

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Connecting and Comparing the Taipei and Hong Kong Struggles

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By Lorand Laskai October 3: While the world is watching Occupy Central, one group has gone beyond mere spectating. Six nights ago when students in Hong Kong braved waves of tear gas, after days of trying unsuccessfully to occupy the park in front of the government headquarters, another site of the Hong Kong government came […]

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Philosophers and YouTube

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Today’s post, an essay by philosopher Alain de Botton, is from LARB Channel Marginalia. It was published last week – if you missed it, we’ve reproduced it here in full. The above photo is a screenshot of one of The School of Life’s new YouTube videos. The video is included in the below post.  By Alain […]

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Nature’s Haunted House

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Today’s post is from LARB Channel Boom. By D.J. Waldie A View from Bixby Hill. Sometimes I go up on a hill that overlooks the concrete box of the San Gabriel River where the river flows into Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. From there, you see nature. Wetlands drained for oil production lie below, as do tracts of […]