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Working the Beat on S Street

Working the Beat on S Street

THE DAY BEFORE I finished reading Ruben Castaneda’s memoir I left my office at Howard University and walked to the neighborhood he described in his book. It took me about 15 minutes. I walked down...

The Art of the Essay

The Art of the Essay

WHAT MAKES a personal essay work, an essay that is partly about the writer and partly about something or someone else? This genre has a long, rich history, and Icon, edited by Amy Scholder and publish...

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...

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...

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...

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....

The Condition of Possibility

The Condition of Possibility

THE WRITER Francisco Goldman first traveled to Mexico City in the early eighties. At the time, he was a correspondent for Harper’s in Guatemala, and he was running out of money. The only bank in La...

Eating off the Grid

Eating off the Grid

AVA CHIN is a New York writer whose debut memoir, Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal, was published in May. Chin has learned to see the world with what she calls “fora...