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Trust and Violence in “Beach Rats”
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM

BEACH RATS opens in front of a sliding mirror in the dark, with the flash of a phone camera lighting up the reflection. A slender white boy poses for himself, ball cap tilted down, jaw thrust forward in a tough pout. Frankie (Harris Dickinson) posts these pictures on “Brooklyn Boys,” a cruising site where he […]

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Vastness in Microfiction: An Interview with Jennifer Tseng
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM

“[ELENA] FERRANTE KNEW something about human vision,” the poet and novelist Jennifer Tseng writes in “Most Mysterious, 2050,” a micro-story collected in her new chapbook, The Passion of Woo & Isolde. “How closely we study those who cannot stare back.” In many ways, this sentiment — shedding light on the oft-unseen, giving voice to the […]

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Recline of the West: Couches and Psychoanalysis
September 21st, 2017, 01:00 PM

MY FATHER WAS 56 years old and I was 18, and we carried a new addition through the door of our small Victorian house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The new addition was a psychoanalytic couch, itself a little Victorian-looking. It was upholstered in a rose-patterned fabric, its surface banking up at one end to form a […]

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No County for Old Men
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM

IN 2013, Kenneth Thompson defeated fellow Democrat and incumbent Charles Hynes twice to become the district attorney for Brooklyn, New York. In September, Thompson defeated him in the Democratic primary with only 20 percent of Democrats voting; in November, Thompson defeated him again in the general election, with Hynes running as a Republican. Hynes’s loss […]

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Public Theology in Retreat
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM

WHERE IS THE Reinhold Niebuhr for today? What is theology good for? Such questions have become hallmarks in public commentary on the role, past and present, of Christian thought in politics and in the academy. The first has generated a whole subgenre unto itself — call it “O Niebuhr, Where Art Thou?” — marked by […]

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The Ears Have No Lids: An Interview with Joshua Cohen
September 20th, 2017, 01:00 PM

JOSHUA COHEN’S VIRTUOSITY is well documented in the literary world. Recently named to Granta’s Best American Novelists, and, more recently, called by James Wood “one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today. (And he is only thirty-six.),” Cohen has published five novels; four collections of short stories; and numerous essays in Harper’s, […]

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No More Cookies
September 19th, 2017, 01:00 PM

This short story appears in the LARB Print Quarterly Journal: No. 15,  Revolution Become a member to support the LA Review of Books and receive the LARB Quarterly Journal   THIS WEEK Chelsea thinks she has colitis. Last week it was Lou Gehrig’s disease. She’s pre-med. She calls me every day from California to tell me […]

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This Is Not a Novel: Reality and Realism in Nicole Krauss’s “Forest Dark”
September 19th, 2017, 01:00 PM

EARLY IN Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss’s fourth and most inward-looking novel, one of its narrators — a successful Brooklyn novelist also named Nicole — meditates on the limits of fiction. Though she has long practiced its art, she finds herself frustrated by its inability to capture what she terms “formlessness”: In a story, a person […]

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The Instagram Artist of Our Time
September 19th, 2017, 01:00 PM

IN 2014, Eileen Myles — poet, art critic, erstwhile presidential candidate — got a pit bull named Honey, a puppy that needed long and frequent walks. They accompanied Honey through the Lower East Side, down Delancey Street, past the river and its bridges. This repetitive task, with its only slight variations, seemed to them like […]

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The Power to Trace Power: On Suzy Hansen’s “Notes on a Foreign Country”
September 18th, 2017, 01:00 PM

ON AUGUST 8, 2017, in an open meeting with the press at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, President Donald J. Trump made an off-the-cuff announcement that initiated a new policy regarding the United States’s approach to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK): “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United […]

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