Hilary Leichter’s “Terrace Story” and Lisa Teasley’s “Fluid”
In the first half of the show, Medaya Ocher speaks with Hilary Leichter about her novel “Terrace Story.” Then, Kate Wolf is joined by writer, artist, and beloved former LARB senior editor Lisa Teasley to talk about her latest book of gripping short stories, “Fluid,” her first in two decades....
Carnivalesque: On the Ways We See Basketball
In a preview of LARB Quarterly no. 39: “Air,” Tosten Burks surveys the new philosophy and syntax of basketball writing....
Where Life Is Precious, Life Is Precious. And Surely That’s Not Here: On Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s “Chain-Gang All-Stars”
Salem James Martinez reviews Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s “Chain-Gang All-Stars.”...
Work and the New Wave: On My Capricious Summer with Jiří Menzel
Emily Tamkin documents her Jiří Menzel binge and explains how and why his films hold up so well today....
Stories We Tell: The Promise and Peril of Mental Illness Narratives
Through analysis of Meg Kissinger’s “While You Were Out: An Intimate Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence” and Rachel Aviv’s “Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and Stories that Make Us,” Isabel Ruehl contemplates the role of storytelling in perpertuating mental illness....
CASUAL ENCOUNTERSZ: HOSTED BY AGATHE PINARD AND SAMMY LOREN, The Manor, Atwater Village, September 23, 2023. When I arrive at this roving alt-lit reading, at a small, tastefully decorated house in Atwater Village, a sign on the door instructs, “Casual Encountersz: ...
Art Can Be Destroyed but Not Defeated
ALEXANDRE ARRECHEA: INTERSECTED HORIZONS, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, September 9, 2023–May 2024. PAOLA VEGA: THE MYSTERY OF PAINTING, MOLAA, September 9, 2023–March 2024. Wedged between Long Beach’s hipster playground, East Village, and the northern tip ...
Trash, Spectacle, Sentiment
JOHN WATERS: POPE OF TRASH, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, September 23, 2023 to August 04, 2024. Introductory remarks from Daniel Crook September 21, 2023 at Multiple Maniacs screening. John Waters was kicked out of NYU film school for smoking marijuana. ...