Around the World

"Around the World" is a special section of the Los Angeles Review of Books dedicated to covering perspectives that transcend national borders and boundaries, whether it be in painting, music, poetry or fiction, journalism, public service or advocacy in the public interest. Every article, interview and essay is intended to create a point of correspondence between LARB readers worldwide. In the spirit of that mission, we also publish bilingual editions of all our articles whenever possible. Pitches on global topics and trends may be sent to atw@lareviewofbooks.org.

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ISIS, Hollywood, Islam

ISIS, Hollywood, Islam

I AM a horror film connoisseur. Monsters and murders speak to my understanding of the human condition. The macabre and the moribund reflect my interest in extremes. Even torture inspires me, not as a ...

When the Sun Falls over Tahrir

When the Sun Falls over Tahrir

SOMETIME IN THE SUMMER of 2011, I was sitting with a few friends at a café on the edge of a cliff overlooking Cairo. We were smoking shisha and drinking tea and beer, watching the sun set over the ta...

The Magdalena and the “Master Plan”

The Magdalena and the “Master Plan”

All photographs by Alex Baumhardt.   THE MAGDALENA is Colombia’s biggest and most prized river — a crooked, rambling basin that cuts through the western half of the country for about 1,...

A Place Called Home?

A Place Called Home?

All photographs by Stephanos Papadopoulos. All rights reserved.    LIVING IN ATHENS can be like sleeping with a complicated lover; at some point, you will wake at dawn and lie there, eyes ...

Contortionists and Conjurers

Contortionists and Conjurers

IT IS A YEAR AND SEVEN DAYS after Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to have hit our earth, landed in the central Philippines. Of course, we hear the tales of terrible waste that follow any natural disa...

Dancing with Dictators

Dancing with Dictators

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG GIRL in Leyte, I danced for Imelda Marcos. The effect of that on my psyche, an obeisance innocent and obscene, came back to me in the nightclub setting of David Byrne’s oddly cath...

A Deep Search for Understanding

A Deep Search for Understanding

AS “JINGLE BELLS” PLAYED on repeat, I plunged into a bowl of equally dispirited noodles. I was sitting at a Chinese restaurant with the unlikely yet seasonably appropriate name of “Evergreen,”...