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What Is New About the New American University?

What Is New About the New American University?

THIS BOOK ARRIVES blurbed by the national heavyweight politicians Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush, a similarly bipartisan list of university presidents, and a prominent scholar of higher education, Jonathan...

Sven Birkerts Interviews Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts Interviews Sven Birkerts

SVEN BIRKERTS: Why did you decide to write about Bellow’s essays in the form of a self-interview? Isn’t that displacing the focus just a bit? SVEN BIRKERTS: Maybe so, yes. But the idea came to me...

Pro: Abortion Is a Social Good

Pro: Abortion Is a Social Good

The following is a feature article from the most recent edition of the LARB Quarterly Journal: Winter 2015. To pick up your copy of the Journal, become a member of the Los Angeles Review of Books ...

Upbringing Is All

Upbringing Is All

FOR THE PERCEPTIVE critic, essayist, and one-time novelist Daphne Merkin, it’s all about upbringing. She believes, for instance, that a woman often develops her flirting technique from the way she e...

Pre-Code Hollywood Confidential

Pre-Code Hollywood Confidential

ON A CHILLY Los Angeles morning in February, 1922, reputable film director and head of the Motion Pictures Directors Association William Desmond Taylor was found shot to death in his chic Westlake bun...

On the Other Side

On the Other Side

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD that here in Los Angeles we spend some time in our cars. But since I moved here four and a half years ago, I’ve realized that it isn’t quite accurate to call this a car culture....

How to Live Together: Lessons from Algeria

How to Live Together: Lessons from Algeria

THROUGHOUT THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, Frantz Fanon argues in no uncertain terms that colonial violence is what impels anticolonial violence. Pace Jean-Paul Sartre, whose preface unwittingly turned the...

Scatterings

Scatterings

2014 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the Wilderness Act, the most important piece of environmental legislation in America’s history. Over the last year, the news media have run dozens of articles ab...

All the Broken People

All the Broken People

SOME ARE BROKEN by the system, some were born into broken homes — they are prisoners on death row, those who were incarcerated for life as juveniles, and poor women who were prosecuted for supposedl...

Say That Again? Making Sense of Noise

Say That Again? Making Sense of Noise

NOISE IS A BALL of untied pieces of string, cut at various lengths, which we can only perceive holistically. It is a complex interweaving of fabrics, fibrous at the edges, caressing and combining alon...

O Pioneer

O Pioneer

WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, my biology teacher took our class to the Mütter Museum, a medical museum in Philadelphia housing specimens that were odd, curious, and often grotesque. Visiting the museum ...

The Fight for America’s Classrooms

The Fight for America’s Classrooms

IN 2008, Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University, released a remarkable work of American history. This Republic of Suffering assigned new historical significance to the more than 600,00...