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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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Out Of Body: Freedom, Chaos, and Puppetry in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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By Emily Hunt My first experience with A Midsummer Night’s Dream was watching Michael Hoffman’s 1999 film production. I’m sure the visually gorgeous cast had something to do with it – what 12-year-old girl can ignore the charms of Michelle Pfieffer, Rupert Everette, and Christian Bale? – but it was more than that: something entirely […]

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Letter from the Chairman of the Board

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Help Us Make History Several years ago, Tom Lutz, the founding editor of LARB, and I sat down to lunch to discuss a gleam in his eye: The Los Angeles Review of Books. Listening to Tom describe his vision, I experienced a “EUREKA!” moment. LARB was a brilliant idea whose time had come. From that […]


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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

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Dear LARB Supporters: Last week we celebrated the third anniversary of our first review, on our temporary Tumblr site, and the second anniversary of our official launch. In those three years, we have published 1,275 reviews, 985 essays, 435 interviews, 22 ebooks, 5 tabloid print magazines, and 3 quarterly print journals. We have produced 60 […]


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A Letter From Executive Editor Jonathan Hahn

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Does an academic boycott of Israel advance, or damage, the cause for peace in the Middle East? This and related questions around the wisdom of academic activism in general have recently brought some scholars and populist movements together, while they have torn other colleagues apart. The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement has become the locus […]


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LARB Launches the Second Issue of the Quarterly Journal

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This Sunday, please join the Los Angeles Review of Books in celebrating the launch of the second issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal. With readings by Geoff Nicholson, Dinah Lenney, Alice Bolin, and Victoria Dailey at the Mandrake in Los Angeles. The LARB Quarterly Journal is a testament to the fact that print is still […]


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Equatorial Guinea’s Most Important Living Writer Forced Into Hiding

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By David Shook Juan Tomás Avila Laurel is Equatorial Guinea’s most important living writer, but he’s often been persecuted by his own state for his outspokenness regarding their blatant disregard of human rights. This week that disregard has turned dangerous, as Malabo’s infamous security forces have forced Avila Laurel, 48, into hiding for his work […]


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Back to the Post-Apocalypse: Jericho on Economic Politics

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By Jonathan Alexander SINCE 9/11, several SF television series, from the one-season Threshold (2005-6) to the more recent Continuum (2012-present) have grappled with the specter of terrorism.  Many, like Threshold and Continuum, play out hyperbolic scenarios of terrorist infiltration and attack, variously alien or from the future, to speculate on governmental and individual responses to terror.  […]


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An Open Letter to LARB Supporters from William Giraldi

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IN AN INSPIRED ESSAY on Baudelaire, the great critic James Huneker made an assertion I’ve never succeeded in shaking free, even when I’ve felt most unworthy of its substance: when literature is done well, Huneker said, when it is executed with the torque and pitch of true art, “there is no mental toil comparable to […]

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An evening, sometime in the near future… Simon Critchley KADASHEVSKAYA HOTEL 26 Kadashevskaya nab. 115035 Moscow January 1st, 2019 I guess we could all have seen it coming a few years back. Things really started to get worse around the end of 2013 and then dragged on into the long, cold winter months. That whole […]


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