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Bert Deixler
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Tom Lutz

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Tom Lutz is the founder and editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. His books -- Doing Nothing (American Book Award), Crying (New York Times Notable Book), Cosmopolitan Vistas (Choice Outstanding Academic Title), and American Nervousness, 1903 (New York Times Notable Book) -- have been translated into 12 languages and have appeared on NYT and LAT bestseller lists. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Die Zeit, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse, Salon.com, Black Clock, and other newspapers and literary venues, as well as in dozens of books and academic journals. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Iowa, CalArts, University of Copenhagen, and now at UC Riverside.

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To contact the Los Angeles Review of Books for press inquiries, including assistance with your story, contact information for a LARB writer or editor, or to request an interview with a LARB media spokesperson, please contact our Press Office by sending an e-mail to pressoffice@lareviewofbooks.org. If you are on deadline, please indicate that in your correspondence. A LARB press officer will respond to you without delay.

Reprint Rights and Reproductions

If you are an editor seeking reprint rights to any of our published articles, please send an e-mail to info@lareviewofbooks.org. All articles published in the Los Angeles Review of Books are available for republication.

To Pitch Our Editorial Board

Our Editorial Board welcomes story pitches from professional and freelance writers, journalists, columnists and authors on all topics, whether it is a book review, hard news journalism, feature articles or op-eds. Please keep your story pitch to 500 words or less. To pitch our Editorial Board, send an email to editorial@lareviewofbooks.org. Your pitch will be forwarded to the appropriate editor. Due to the volume of pitches we receive daily, we can only respond to those we accept.

LARB‘s Pay Policy

The Los Angeles Review of Books is dedicated to reversing the trend in which writers write on the internet for free. We offer a standard honorarium based on the current health of our Writer’s Fund, for which we are raising money on an ongoing basis. We are a small nonprofit in the first years of our life, and the labor that goes into publishing on our various platforms — not just writing, but editorial, managerial, technical, educational, and otherwise — is still largely volunteer. Our ability to pay is contingent on available funds, which changes depending on the generosity of the organizations, businesses, individual donors and grant-writing institutions that help make LARB possible. We try to concentrate those funds on freelance writers and journalists for whom the money matters most, and encourage those writers in a position to do so, to waive the standard honorarium and donate it back to LARB to help us build the institution. Our #1 priority is to sustain for our writers and readers alike a home for the best that is thought and written on culture and the literary arts. We are building that capacity every day, and are determined to continue to be part of the solution. We appreciate the generosity of everyone who has helped bring us this far.

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