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The LARB End-of-Year Editor Interviews: Sarah Mesle

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. They’re an eclectic bunch, each with their own projects and day jobs. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, they rely on the donations of our readership, and we hope you’ll consider giving this month. This one is with Sarah Mesle, our Senior Humanities Editor. 

Give us some background – how did you end up working at LARB? What do you do for LARB? What do you do when you’re not working for LARB?

I snuck into LARB through the Young Adult door.  In the fall of 2012 I pitched Cecil Castellucci, LARB’s YA editor, an essay about boyhood in young adult books.  I remember agonizing over the pitch — I was SO anxious — and being very relieved by Cecil’s enthusiastic and immediate welcome. So I wrote a few YA things, and through that met Evan Kindley, LARB’s previous humanities editor.  I started helping him out with editing a few academic book reviews, and then stepped into his position when he decided to move on. Continue reading

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The LARB End-of-Year Editor Interviews: Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. They’re an eclectic bunch, each with their own projects and day jobs. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, they rely on the donations of our readership, and we hope you’ll consider giving this month. This one is with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, our Senior Poetry Editor. 

Give us some background – how did you end up working at LARB? What do you do for LARB? What do you do when you’re not working for LARB?

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been with LARB since the beginning. Matthew Specktor took me to coffee at Joan’s and started telling me about Tom Lutz and Evan Kindley and the dream of a major arts and culture magazine that looked at the literary world from our Western perch. Continue reading

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The LARB End-of-Year Editor Interviews: Dinah Lenney

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. They’re an eclectic bunch, each with their own projects and day jobs. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, they rely on the donations of our readership, and we hope you’ll consider giving this month. This one is with Dinah Lenney, our Senior Creative Nonfiction Editor. 

Give us some background – how did you end up working at LARB? What do you do for LARB? What do you do when you’re not working for LARB?

So let’s see — it was over a year ago now. I was in the middle of writing a piece for LARB, working with Tom’s notes and having a blast with the revision — as I recall we were on the phone, fussing and tweaking, when he asked if I’d consider editing some nonfiction. I wasn’t sure at first, but Tom is very convincing, isn’t he? He made it sound like it would be fun — and so it is. Fun and fascinating and addictive in its way. And what do I do? Well, I assign and edit under the “creative nonfiction” umbrella — not the best term, I don’t suppose, but the one most people sort of understand, right? And I should say, too, there’s so much of it out there — memoir, long and short form essay, hybrid forms — just no way to cover it all — no way to know about it all. Continue reading

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The LARB Editor End-of-Year Interviews: Arne de Boever

Editor’s Note: This is the third interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. They’re an eclectic bunch, each with their own projects and day jobs. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, they rely on the donations of our readership, and we hope you’ll consider giving this month. This one is with Arne de Boever, our Philosophy/Critical Theory Editor. 

Give us some background – how did you end up working at LARB? What do you do for LARB? What do you do when you’re not working for LARB?

Arne:  I became involved with LARB in the early days of the review, when Executive Editor Jonathan Hahn asked me to write something for the review’s old website. I’d just moved from New York to Los Angeles to take up a teaching position in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. Shortly after that, I sat down with Tom Lutz to discuss the possibility of a philosophy/critical theory section in LARB. He didn’t need much convincing. He asked me why LARB should have such a section. I made my pitch (I think it may have involved Adorno and Hollywood). He simply told me to go set it up. That part of the conversation probably took less than five minutes. Continue reading

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A Letter from LARB Board Member Reza Aslan

There is nothing quite like the Los Angeles Review of Books. It is as lively, creative, innovative, and full of new ideas as the city itself. Like the city, it has become a home for contributors that span the globe, from right here in Los Angeles to New York, Beijing, Gaza, Mumbai, Myanmar, Cairo, Madrid, Paris, the list goes on. In the past month alone, LARB has covered writers from all over the world, including English novelist Martin Amis, Mexican-American poet Denise Chavez, Italian artist Matteo Pericoli, and Australian former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as well as Scottish wordsmith Ali Smith right back to hometown Los Angeles resident Janet Fitch. LARB is read in all 50 states and in more than 150 countries, making it a truly global forum.

But where the Los Angeles Review of Books triumphs most is in its diversity of opinion. You may not always agree with the pieces you read, but they will always be worth your time. They will be thought-provoking, stirring, and sometimes just plain fun.

I joined the board of the Los Angeles Review of Books because I believe in its mission – because I wanted to show my support for independent publishing at a time when it couldn’t be more important to do so.

LARB is reader-supported: it only exists thanks to the generosity of everyday readers like us. That’s why this is such an important time to show your support. The Goldhirsh Foundation and an anonymous donor have generously offered $75,000 in matching grants to help keep LARB strong in the new year. To receive the $75,000, we need to raise $75,000, and we only have until January 1 to do it. So, today, I appeal to you, donate what you can. We have a collective responsibility to keep this organization strong for the sake of independent journalism, and for the exchange of ideas. Theirs is our fight, too.

Sincerely,
Reza Aslan

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The LARB End-of-Year Editor Interviews: Lisa Levy

Editor’s Note: This is the second interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. They’re an eclectic bunch, each with their own projects and day jobs. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, they rely on the donations of our readership, and we hope you’ll consider giving this month. This one is with Lisa Levy, our Mystery and Noir Editor.

Give us some background – how did you end up working at LARB? What do you do for LARB? What do you do when you’re not working for LARB?

I have been writing for LARB for a couple of years. I just liked what LARB was doing, and cold pitched Arne (our Philosophy and Critical Theory Editor) and that was that. My first piece was for Arne and Evan on Susan Sontag’s journals, and I enjoyed working with them so much I wrote two or three more pieces for them. After my piece on Alain de Botton, which got some attention, Tom emailed me a very gracious note and basically said I could write whatever I wanted for LARB, which was a really lovely gesture. Continue reading

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Need to Brush Up On Your Typing Skills? Tom Hanks Is Here to Help

Tom Hanks is a long time supporter of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

A typewriter enthusiast, he’s casting his vote for LARB during our matching grant fund drive by offering this beautiful Olivetti-Underwood (Serial# 627192) to a lucky recipient who gives $250 or more to help us meet our fund drive goal.

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Donate $250 before Friday at 5:00 PM pacific. We’ll randomly select one lucky recipient after the deadline passes!

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The LARB End-of-Year Editor Interviews: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Editor’s Note: This is the first interview of several we’ll be publishing this month, all with our section editors. They’re an eclectic bunch, each with their own projects and day jobs. Like the rest of the LARB ecosystem, they rely on the donations of our readership, and we hope you’ll consider giving this month. This first one is with Anne Elizabeth Moore, our Comics editor.

Jacob: Give us some background – how did you end up working at LARB? What do you do for LARB? What do you do when you’re not working for LARB?

I founded the Best American Comics series for Houghton Mifflin and used to edit The Comics Journal and Punk Planet, at which I focused on comics fairly substantially, and since there aren’t a ton of other people in the world who’ve edited comics and comics criticism for a wide literary audience, I called Tom up when the former editor left. As I recall he said, “Who else could do it?” I took it as an endorsement, and not an act of desperation.  Continue reading

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A Call to Action: Support Independent Publishing Today

The Goldhirsh Foundation and an anonymous donor have generously offered us $75,000 in matching grants. To receive the $75,000, we need to raise $75,000, and we only have until January 1 to do it. If you’ve donated to LARB in the past, we need your help again. If you’ve never donated to LARB, now is the time to do it. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, every dollar we raise goes directly to paying the writers and artists that we publish and you read every day, and the staff whose tireless work makes it all possible.

LARB has grown across all sectors in the past year, and the Blog is no exception. We’ve added regular features from our LARB Channels, published original essays and reviews for the first time, and completely redesigned our website. We have much more planned for the coming year, but we need your help.

We’ve assembled some tasty thank-you gifts to whet your giving appetite, including a digital ePub anthology highlighting interviews, articles and essays from 2014, selected for you by LARB‘s diverse team of section editors; a typewriter Tom Hanks has personally donated to help us reach our goal; gift certificates from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pop Physique and the Short Order and Short Cake bakery and restaurant; signed books from some of our favorite authors, and more.

Please help us reach our goal. Give now at the $50, $150, $250 or any level you can afford, and help us keep the grand tradition of independent publishing alive. Thank you so much.

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Phil Klay’s Redeployment Wins National Book Award for Fiction

Congratulations to Phil Klay, who was recently announced as the winner of the National Book Award for fiction for his debut short story collection Redeployment. The collection centers around the Iraq War and its aftermath for the soldiers who fought in it. We’re proud to say that we published three pieces on Phil Klay and Redeployment, in May:

“The Tender Underbelly of Soldiers: Phil Klay’s Lives During Wartime” by Nathan Deuel

“The Things We Wrote About: The Author of Redeployment on Military Conflict, the Craft of Fiction, and Coming Home,” an interview with Phil Klay conducted by Michael Lokesson

“Horn! Reviews Redeployment” by Kevin Thomas

Check them out, and also check out the book itself, published by Penguin.

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