Los Angeles Review of Books
An Interview with Kanishk Tharoor
March 27th, 2017, 07:40 PM

WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be cosmopolitan in a world where state leaders threaten higher walls and salt historic wounds, pulling their citizens into further isolation? This is among the questions Kanishk Tharoor, the 32-year-old debut author of the short story collection Swimmer Among the Stars, has been asking himself. Born in Singapore, raised in […]

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Unsolved Problems: Rachel Kushner on Marguerite Duras
March 27th, 2017, 07:40 PM

“Women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.” – Virginia Woolf,  A Room of One’s Own  Read more in the Unsolved Problems series in the LARB Quarterly Journal, No. 13. ¤ From La Vie materiélle, “Alcohol” by Marguerite Duras:   “I became an alcoholic as soon as I started to drink. I drank like one […]

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Histories of Violence: Songs in the Key of Revolution
March 27th, 2017, 07:40 PM

THIS IS THE SIXTH in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This discussion is with Neo Muyanga, a South African composer, musician, and cultural activist born in Soweto. ¤ BRAD EVANS: The historical links between politics, violence, and music are well established. From early documented uses […]

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Totalitarianism, At Home and Abroad: Vaughn Rasberry’s “Race and the Totalitarian Century”
March 26th, 2017, 07:40 PM

IN THE EARLY 1950s, W. E. B. Du Bois was blacklisted by the US government as an enemy of the state. A public intellectual whose views had influenced American ideas on race and civil rights for more than half a century, Du Bois had, by this time, become an avid antiwar, antinuclear, and anticolonial activist […]

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The Consciousness of Death: An Interview with David Lida
March 26th, 2017, 07:40 PM

ONE LIFE, David Lida’s first novel, is based on the author’s decade-long experience in Mexico as a mitigation specialist — a non-attorney member of the defense team in death penalty trials in the United States, charged with investigating a defendant’s life to find mitigating circumstances that could dissuade the jury or judge from choosing the […]

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LARB Lit: Woman Causes Avalanche
March 26th, 2017, 07:40 PM

This story appears in the LARB Quarterly Journal, No. 13 IN THE END it is really about the universe. What the universe wants. What it wants for Girly. What it whispers, of an evening, into the highly-attuned whorl of her well-studded ear. If the wings of your heart are open, spread wide as Girly’s heart’s wings […]

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Unsolved Problems: Rachel Harper on Gloria Naylor
March 26th, 2017, 07:40 PM

“Women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.” Virginia Woolf,  A Room of One’s Own  This piece is the first in a series called Unsolved Problems, which features women writers discussing the other women writers who have taught, encouraged and moved them. We will be publishing these short pieces until the end of […]

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Can the Great Lakes Be Saved?
March 26th, 2017, 07:40 PM

ABOUT A YEAR AGO, we moved to a small community nestled in the Indiana Dunes, a heavily forested landscape of dramatic sand dunes that extends along the southern edge of Lake Michigan. A few miles east is Cowles Bog — the wetland that inspired Henry Chandler Cowles to launch the science of ecology. His work […]

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What Exists is Good: On “The Architecture of Neoliberalism”
March 25th, 2017, 07:40 PM

BY THE TIME Zaha Hadid died at 65 last year, she had attained rarified status as one of the 21st century’s most influential architects. Her “soaring structures,” read the New York Times’s obituary, “left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world and in the process reshaped architecture for the modern age.” The undulating […]

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The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat
March 25th, 2017, 07:40 PM

I ONCE OWNED a dress I loved so much that every time I wore it, I felt like an actress in a French New Wave film. The dress was red, a perfect Titian red, with a close fitting bodice and full skirt, made of cotton so light and sensuous it seemed to become one with […]

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