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YAC HIT LIST: Books and Ballet

YAC HIT LIST: Books and Ballet

THE AGE AT WHICH I learned to read coincided with the age at which I learned to dance. Both things would come to define me. I was a dancer. I was a reader. They weren’t choices. They were wh...

On the Shore with Tyrell and Bronxwood

On the Shore with Tyrell and Bronxwood

MY EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER started college this fall. She's working, attending classes full-time, and living at home. She's growing up, more adult than child, and the tidal patterns of our relation...

Weetzie Bat Meets the Genie

Weetzie Bat Meets the Genie

"THE REASON WEETZIE BAT HATED HIGH SCHOOL," writes Francesca Lia Block in the opening line of Weetzie Bat, her strange and breathtaking 1989 Young Adult novel, "is because no one unders...

Young Adult Cancer Story

Young Adult Cancer Story

ON THE MONDAY when The Fault in Our Stars was the #1 movie in America, I spent the morning at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven learning about the intricate physics of intersecting radiation b...

The Nature of Cinderella

The Nature of Cinderella

image: Arthur Rackham, 1917 This week, LARB's YAC Lit publishes the first installment of Fairy Tales Revisited, a close look at a classic fairy tale, then and now. Today, Marie Rutkoski investigates ...

The Most Romantic Story Ever Told

The Most Romantic Story Ever Told

Walter Crane, Illustration from Beauty and the Beast (detail)  I TEACH A CLASS on fairy tales to freshmen and sophomores at USC, and on the first day, as we sit in a circle, I ask them to introduce ...

Hunger Games, Number Games

Hunger Games, Number Games

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING at a blackbird, Wallace Stevens says. Why 13? Why not some other number that would have been just as semantically charged — nine, for instance? And what exactly is a quantif...

[VIDEO] Tavi Gevinson, "Rookie Yearbook Two"

[VIDEO] Tavi Gevinson, "Rookie Yearbook Two"

TAVI GEVINSON is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine. As an 11-year-old, Gevinson's fashion blog, Style Rookie, began garnering attention and earned Gevinson invitations t...