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The Era of the Geographically Confused

The Era of the Geographically Confused

MY LIFE IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABSURD: this is a line that engraved itself on my mind after reading Jane Jeong Trenka’s 2005 memoir, The Language of Blood, some years ago. The book documents Trenka’s ex...

Library in the Future Tense

Library in the Future Tense

 1. HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print...

A Writer at Sea

A Writer at Sea

ASKED BY THE WRITER and cultural critic Alain de Botton where he might want to be a writer in residence, Geoff Dyer, an author who has published books on subjects as diverse as jazz, photography, the...

A Secondary Art: The Letters of Malcolm Cowley

A Secondary Art: The Letters of Malcolm Cowley

The following is a feature article from the newly released LARB Quarterly Journal: Spring 2014 edition. To pick up your copy of the Journal, become a member of the Los Angeles Review of Books at the $...

The One and Only Geoff Dyer

The One and Only Geoff Dyer

BEFORE HE ESTABLISHED a reputation as a ceaseless dissolver of genre boundaries, and a casual expert on everything from WWI to photography to jazz, British writer Geoff Dyer pursued a much more conv...

But What’s Underneath?

But What’s Underneath?

We met when we were almost youngDeep in the green lilac park.You held on to me like I was a crucifixas we went kneeling through the dark.           — Leonard Cohen   IF A CRITIC is ...

Let Me Remind You

Let Me Remind You

“HAVE YOU read Salinger? Very likely you have,” Joanna Rakoff writes toward the end of her memoir My Salinger Year. Everyone has read Salinger — except for Rakoff, who picked up his books for th...

How to Be a Mother

How to Be a Mother

BY SPRING of my internship year I was exhausted, I’d gained 10 pounds, and my periods had stopped. I assumed that months of 36-hour hospital shifts fueled by coffee and vending machine candy had fin...

Capital Comes Knocking at the Schoolhouse Door

Capital Comes Knocking at the Schoolhouse Door

THERE ARE CURRENTLY about 50 million K-12 public school students and another five million in private school in the United States. With so many students — covering such a vast geographical, social, e...

The Third Korea

The Third Korea

WE ARE NOW entering the third era of miscomprehending North Korea. For 50 years, until Kim Il Sung’s death in 1994, we were stymied by his “self-reliance” (juche) republic. Then, until Kim Jong ...

An Invisible Man, A Visible Voice

An Invisible Man, A Visible Voice

A MAN CALLED DESTRUCTION records the life of pop idol-turned-cult hero Alex Chilton. “In titling his 1995 album A Man Called Destruction — his last solo release filled with mostly his own songs ...

The Nature of War: A 10-Best List from Leo Braudy

The Nature of War: A 10-Best List from Leo Braudy

IN 2005, Leo Braudy published From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity — a masterwork of scholarship that took us through literature, history, sociology, and warfare it...