The LARB Special Edition Intern Magazine: Exclusive Excerpts

The LARB Special Edition Intern Magazine: Exclusive Excerpts

THIS WEEK, LARB GOES TO PRESS with our new Fall 2013 Special Edition print magazine. This new issue is the outcome of our 2013 summer internship program, featuring the LARB Publishing Course: an intensive 9-week seminar series designed to train aspiring students in every aspect of independent publishing, from editing and copyediting to production and marketing.

The Course summer project is for the students to create, copyedit, lay out and ultimately finance their own edition of our tabloid print magazine. They worked throughout the summer acquiring all new, previously unpublished articles, interviews and essays; solicited illustrations and original art; launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to finance it; and learned how to typeset, work with a Los Angeles-based printer, and finally, bring the magazine to press. They were given the chance to produce a real world magazine of their own, and in this they did not disappoint.

Here is an exclusive preview:



"Is This How Other People Are?" Emily Hunt interviews Miranda July, Sheila Heti, and Catherine Opie about intimacy, public vs. private space, and July's "We Think Alone" e-mail project.








Justin Scott examines the case for a new kind of climate politics in this review of Paul G. Harris’s new book What's Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It.








Stephanie Batiste on grief, loss, and transformation in Roger Guenveur's improvisational performance piece, Rodney King — on stage now at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles until October 6. 






The LARB Special Edition: Intern Issue will be mailed to LARB members this week. If you are not already a member and would like to receive a copy of this and future issues for one year, click here to register at the $5 monthly/$55 annual level. The support of everyday readers is what makes our public service programs such as the LARB Publishing Course possible.  


LARB Contributors

Stephanie Batiste is Associate Professor in the Departments of Black Studies & English, in the Schools of Social Sciences and the Humanities. Dr. Batiste obtained her Bachelor’s Cum Laude from Princeton University. She received her Master’s of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy in American Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia. Dr. Batiste's interests include the relationships between representation, performance, identity, race, and power. Her research and teaching focus on the ways in which cultural texts, like literature, theater, performance, film, art, and bodies, act as imaginative systems that create identity, cultural values, human interactions, and possibilities of justice. Her teaching reflects this in the broad array of materials she uses to bring students to an interdisciplinary understanding of texts, theory, and history. Her book, "Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance" (Duke University Press, 2011), examines the complicated ways African Americans participated in American ideologies of cultural imperialism—ideologies like expansionism and primitivism. It explores how a population alienated from national power defined a national identity and imagined themselves as empowered citizens and transnational actors. Dr. Batiste’s interest in performance is reflected in both scholarship and practice. She sees performance practice as a mode of making theory. She writes, performs in, and, on occasion, directs dramatic works. She has performed in community- and professional theaters and participated in special programs at both.

Justin Scott earned an MA in African studies from Yale, and is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology at UCLA. His research focuses on social networking and new notions of kinship in West Africa.

Emily Hunt studies comparative literature at UC Santa Barbara. Her work can be found in the North Bay Bohemian, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and The Catalyst


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