Best of March

Dearest supporters, readers, and friends:

Wondering what you missed this month? Besides a zillion completely wrong March Madness brackets, a winter storm nobody could stop talking about, and three steps backward for Obama’s climate change policies, there was also a heck of a lot of rigorous writing on literature, culture, and the arts. We present to you the Best of March; at least, according to us, your friends at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism”
By Roger Berkowitz
Roger Berkowitz reviews Hannah Arendt’s landmark “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” framing the book within the context of contemporary politics.

What is America Anyway: An Interview with Eula Biss
By Cypress Marrs
Eula Biss talks about whiteness in America, etymology, and finding meaning.

Confessions of a Trump Voter
By Phillip Hagerman
A resident of the impoverished coal belt explains why he believed Donald Trump’s promise to bring back jobs.

Eating Korea: An Anthony Bourdain-Approved Search for the Culinary Soul of an Ever-Changing Country
By Colin Marshall
Colin Marshall reviews Graham Holliday’s “Eating Korea” in search of the culinary soul of this food-centric country.

The Never-Ending Lukács Debate
By G.M. Tamas
With the Budapest City Council recently deciding to remove Georg Lukács’s statue, G. M. Tamás looks back on the Hungarian philosopher.

The Revolutionary Force of Stupidity: A Conversation with Matt Taibbi
By Gregg LaGambina
Gregg LaGambina talks to Matt Taibbi about his new book, “Insane Clown President.”

Un-treasured Time: A Conversation with Phil Elverum
By Cypress Marrs
Phil Elverum on grief and heartbreak, fatherhood, and his new album “A Crow Looked at Me.”

DOOMguy Knows How You Feel
By Ajah Singh Chaudhary
Learn rage and to reconnect that rage to the joy of its expression.

Female Trouble
By Tausif Noor
Tausif Noor on Mary Gaitskill, Ottessa Moshfegh, and female friendships in fiction.

In Memoriam: Mark Fisher
By Dan Hassler-Forest, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Mark Bould, Roger Luckhurst, Carl Freedman, and Jeremy Gilbert
Mark Fisher’s fans, friends, and colleagues remember the author of “Capitalist Realism” and “The Weird and the Eerie.”

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