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Dumbing Down the Underground

Dumbing Down the Underground

FOR DECADES after its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Weathermen were mostly hidden in the shadows of American consciousness and memory. Already by the mid-1970s, the radical group strug...

Progress of Stories

Progress of Stories

MOST ACCOUNTS of Joseph Mitchell’s storied career at The New Yorker end in September 1964, when, at age 56, the reporter published his last piece for the magazine: the two-part exposé of “Joe Gou...

A Dissident Writer in Modern America

A Dissident Writer in Modern America

NEAR THE END OF NYRB Classics’ new assemblage of Renata Adler’s nonfiction, in an essay entitled “Irreparable Harm,” Adler writes, Not infrequently, an event so radical that it alters everyth...

Crowdsourcing Humiliation

Crowdsourcing Humiliation

BRITISH JOURNALIST Jon Ronson crafts narratives from investigations into the lives of marginalized people: Islamic fundamentalists, artists fueled by prescription pills, conspiracy theorists. Well kno...

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...