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There’s Only One Tonya: Debating Sufjan Stevens’s Two Renditions of “Tonya Harding”

Chris Stedman and Nathan Goldman debate the relative merits of the two versions of Sufjan Stevens’s recently released “Tonya Harding."

Asking For A Friend: I Want A Kid Even Though The World Might Be Ending

Olive answers a writer with outsized fears about becoming a mother.

Astro Poets at the Library

Nora Battelle brings her URL life to IRL with the Astro Poets at the New York Public Library.

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Blackstars: Life After Death in the Music of 2016

By Derek McCormack 2016 was full of unpredictable trends and occurrences, and the music released this year was no different. …

From Diamond Village to Wukan: An Interview with the China Media Project’s David Bandurski

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom In last week’s post, three regular contributors to the China Blog gave suggestions for books dealing with …

Subaltern Dreams, Subaltern Realities

The following are excerpts from essays written by graduate students in the History program at California State University, Los Angeles in …

Ironworkers Local 416

By Kelly Candaele This short pro-union film is by Kelly Candaele, who has written frequently for LARB and is a journalist and …

Plastic Surgery, Pressure to Succeed, and Presidential Turmoil: Selections from the LARB Korea Blog’s First Year

By Colin Marshall I started writing the Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog on December 4th of last year, …

Sam McPheeters Isn’t Scared of the Future

Sometimes you have to wait for the weight of a novel to hit you. Other times, you read a novel set …

Against the “Must Read”

I don’t know where the term “must-read” got its start — if it goes back ten or 100 years, first …