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The Apotheosis of Envy

The Apotheosis of Envy

I DEVOURED Keigo Higashino’s novel Malice. I read it in one sitting, curled up on my couch with my knees tucked under a blanket. As Higashino peeled back the mystery, I felt deliciously uneasy. Some...

The Hilarity of Evil

The Hilarity of Evil

THE TITLE OF MARTIN AMIS’S new novel, The Zone of Interest, refers to the area of about 40 kilometers that surrounded Auschwitz, concealing its horrors from the outside world. Some 7,000 members of ...

The Roughneck’s Lament

The Roughneck’s Lament

CRIME FICTION follows a tried-and-true formula — PI, reporter, intrepid reporter/lawyer is drawn into an investigation, they meet resistance, resistance is conquered, heroes go after baddies, hero b...

PODCAST #72: Mona Simpson

PODCAST #72: Mona Simpson

Colin Marshall talks with Mona Simpson, author of the novels Anywhere But Here, Off Keck Road and My Hollywood. Her latest is Casebook, a story of marriage, divorce, boyhood and surveillance, told a...

Summer of 1972

Summer of 1972

I GREW UP in South San Francisco, “The Industrial City.” My girlfriends and I dreamed of being nuns and catching the Zodiac Killer. We spent much of our time swiping vodka from our parents’ wet...

My Father the Superspy

My Father the Superspy

WHEN LILIAN SHANG, a Chinese-American academic who splits her time between America and Beijing, reads her deceased father’s diaries, she discovers a secret. Her father, Gary Shang, was a Washington-...

Beauty, Mourning, and Melancholy in Africa39

Beauty, Mourning, and Melancholy in Africa39

The following is a feature article from the new intern issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books: The Magazine. The issue, which our interns produced as part of this past summer’s LARB Publishing Co...

Why Such Tidings

Why Such Tidings

It is a bright and wasted day. Ottessa Moshfegh’s first novel reads like the swashbuckled spray of a slit throat — immediate, visceral, frank, unforgiving, violent, and grotesquely beautiful. McG...

A Spanish Saga

A Spanish Saga

ARTURO PÉREZ-REVERTE has invoked two precedents for his brand of historical fiction: Alexandre Dumas and Stendhal. In some of Pérez-Reverte’s books, particularly those that feature the swordsman-f...

Fake Mysteries

Fake Mysteries

BRADFORD MORROW’s seventh novel takes us into the rarified world of bibliophiles and literary forgers. Our narrator and guide is Will, who is a master at literary forgery. Since Will tells us quite ...

Committed

Committed

Because each had discovered years before that they were neither white nor male, and that all freedom and triumph was forbidden to them, they had set about creating something else to be. — Toni Morr...

It Was a Very Good Year

It Was a Very Good Year

THE IDEA OF FOCUSING on a single year for research, or for study, or in an attempt to make a year illustrative of a whole era is slightly bonkers, but at the same time it can be very useful as well as...

Speaking of Memory: Nabokov’s Folded Fabric

Speaking of Memory: Nabokov’s Folded Fabric

EARLY IN THE PAGES of his memoir, Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov confesses that he is a “chronophobic,” that he in fact not only fears but also doesn’t “believe in time,” that he is less im...