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PODCAST #68: Sean Wilsey

PODCAST #68: Sean Wilsey

Colin Marshall talks with Sean Wilsey, author of the memoir Oh the Glory of It All, and co-editor of the collections The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup and State by State: A Panoramic Portrai...

Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Former federal prosecutor and highly successful television writer Jonathan Shapiro has written a new book titled Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling. In the book Shapiro dissects the buildin...

On Risk and Personal Belief

On Risk and Personal Belief

Pestilence is in fact very common, but we find it hard to believe in a pestilence when it descends upon us. There have been as many plagues in the world as there have been wars, yet plagues and wars a...

Caitlin Doughty, Memoir of a Mortician

Caitlin Doughty, Memoir of a Mortician

JERRY GORIN: What surprised you most in just your first few months working in a mortuary? CAITLIN DOUGHTY: The biggest surprise for me is that I thought I was really comfortable with death, because ...

Home in the Hinterland

Home in the Hinterland

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 Cour...

Unearthing the Fossils of Shame

Unearthing the Fossils of Shame

“CHILDHOOD WAS TERRIFYING for me,” said Mary Karr in an interview in The Paris Review. “A kid has no control. You’re three feet tall, flat broke, unemployed, and illiterate. Terror snaps you a...

The Navel-Gazer’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Navel-Gazer’s Guide to the Galaxy

WHAT CONSTITUTES self-involvement, exactly? If I told you an entertaining story about the existential dread that befell me as my parents moved from one run-down desert town to another, would you consi...

Chasing the Origins of Gonzo in South America

Chasing the Origins of Gonzo in South America

IN COLLEGE Brian Kevin read Hunter S. Thompson’s The Proud Highway, a collection of the gonzo’s letters from the 1950s and 1960s, including 18 from the year he spent traveling through South Americ...

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...

The Lost and the Found

The Lost and the Found

IN THE FIRST chapter of Will Boast’s haunting memoir, Epilogue, we learn about his father’s death on a Wisconsin interstate from a ruptured ulcer that most likely had been killing him for days. D...

The Blighted Beauty of America’s Sport

The Blighted Beauty of America’s Sport

MY FIRST JOB out of college, I covered high school football for what was then a mid-sized newspaper in Northeast Ohio. This was in the mid-1990s, before the death spiral of printed media, back when ne...

Besotted: Writers and Their Dogs

Besotted: Writers and Their Dogs

Q: […] But why did you roll in the carcass of that dead seal when we took you to the beach at Morro Bay? A: To transfer ghost-cloak of invisibility, silly. Death smell lends protection. Winner of r...

Geoff at Sea

Geoff at Sea

WHILE READING Geoff Dyer’s latest unmissable blend of new journalism, memoir, and rumination, I couldn’t shake the feeling that he wasn’t actually getting anywhere, and therefore neither was I....