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Grandfathers and Child Molesters
May 28th, 2017, 06:30 AM

IN HER STUNNING first book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich doesn’t so much introduce her two main characters as immerse the reader directly in their lives. What does one character — the author, a graduate of Harvard Law School with an MFA from Emerson College — have to […]

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The Lyric in Theory: A Conversation with Jonathan Culler
May 27th, 2017, 06:30 AM

NOT “WHAT IS the lyric?” — but rather, “How does the lyric work?” That is the question Jonathan Culler poses in his Theory of the Lyric, published by Harvard University Press in 2015. After decades of relative neglect, the last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in the theory of the lyric, and […]

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Wine, Olive Oil, and Wisteria: A Sensual Tour of the “City of Lions”
May 27th, 2017, 06:30 AM

AND WHAT SHOULD I tell you about the City of Lions? Should I tell you what its towers looked like in Duke Daniel’s day, when the yellow banners of the Golden Horde fluttered beneath its walls? Should I tell you about the rabbi who arrived from the West to spread enlightenment, had arsenic poured in […]

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Just Like the First Time? Revisiting “Beauty and the Beast” and “Trainspotting”
May 27th, 2017, 06:30 AM

I REMEMBER the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast: it was a dark December afternoon in 1991, and we drove slowly through Cleveland Heights in a total whiteout. I was eight, carsick, and unseatbelted in the back of a VW Rabbit hatchback with a gaggle of overexcited kids from my block’s makeshift afterschool […]

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“And My Frigidaire is Here!”: Gender and Family Life in Postwar France
May 26th, 2017, 06:30 AM

IT ALL SEEMS rather incredible in retrospect, but, for many Americans, among other foreign observers, Brigitte Bardot (sacré bleu) emerged as the face of the transformation of women’s roles in French society. This occurred following the collapse of the Vichy regime that collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II. In 1950, no less an […]

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All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Rhiannon Giddens
May 26th, 2017, 06:30 AM

In this monthly series, Scott Timberg interviews musicians on the literary work that has inspired and informed their music. ¤ EVEN THE MOST eclectic musician looks monochromatic next to Rhiannon Giddens. The North Carolina native became famous playing Appalachian and Piedmont fiddle-and-banjo music — and restoring its overlooked black roots — with the Carolina Chocolate […]

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Endless Houses or Vast Potatoes? The Impossible Architecture of Frederick Kiesler
May 26th, 2017, 06:30 AM

WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be “the greatest non-building architect of our time,” as Philip Johnson grandly pronounced Frederick Kiesler in 1960? Johnson’s statement is often invoked as a stamp of approval for Kiesler, an architect whose work is considered so bizarre that he has mostly been sidelined in the grand narrative of 20th-century architecture. […]

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LARB Radio Hour: Joyce Carol Oates, Morgan Parker, and Fiona Maazel at the LA Times Festival of Books
May 25th, 2017, 06:30 AM

Kate Wolf, Medaya Ocher, and Eric Newman spoke with authors Joyce Carol Oates, Morgan Parker, and Fiona Maazel at this year's LA Times Festival of Books.

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On Longing, Listening, and Levity: Lauren Levin Interviews Alli Warren
May 25th, 2017, 06:30 AM

This is the second half of a two-part conversation between Alli Warren and Lauren Levin. The first part can be found here. ¤ I FIRST MET Alli Warren through her work, specifically the chapbook Cousins, published by Gina Myers’s Lame House Press series. I remember (this is off the top of my head, so might […]

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Promises, Promises: The Strange History of Film and the Armenian Genocide
May 25th, 2017, 06:30 AM

THE SCREENING OF the first film about the Armenian Genocide was met with a mixture of praise and disappointment. Critics called it a film with a “noble” purpose about an “important topic,” whose romantic story had gotten in the way of meaningful engagement with a tragic historical event. Viewers who did not know the story […]

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