Best of 2019: Books, TV, Scandals and More

We discuss the best of 2019

By LARB Radio HourDecember 27, 2019

    Best of 2019: Books, TV, Scandals and More
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    It's a LARB Holiday Season tradition! Kate, Daya, and Eric review all that they read, watched, attended, and gossiped about to select their favorites from the past year. The result is a broad, eclectic array. Indeed, the first work chosen is by an author who died in 1996. Many more surprises ensue. A few of our picks are by authors or directors that we interviewed over the past year. Most, however, were not previously discussed on the show. No matter, every selection sparks a spirited discussion. As Eric warns in the introduction, "no one chose only one thing in any category." So, get out your notepads and prepare for an avalanche of excellence.


    Our Recommendations:


    Me & Other Writing by Marguerite Duras, Translated By Olivia Baes & Emma Ramadan

    Babysitter at Rest by Jen George

    Creature by Amina Cain

    Essays One by Lydia Davis

    How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell | Listen to our interview

    Last Days at Hot Slit by Andrea Dworkin, Edited by Amy Scholder & Johanna Fateman | Listen to our interview

    Outline Trilogy by Rachel Cusk

    Normal People by Sally Rooney

    The Door by Magda Szabo

    Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


    The Competition by Claire Simon

    The Beach Bum by Harmony Korine

    The Farewell by Lulu Wang

    Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho | Listen to our interview


    Los Espookys | HBO

    Hip Hop Evolution | Netflix

    Rhythm & Flow | Netflix

    Elite | Netflix

    Paquita Salas | Netflix

    Paquita Salas | Netflix


    Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now | The Guggenheim, NYC

    Notes on Camp | The Metropolitan Museum, NYC

    Isaac Julien: Playtime | LACMA, LA

    With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985 | MoCA, LA

    Tala Madani: Shit Moms | David Kordansky Gallery, LA

    Zach Harris: Studies for 20/20 | David Kordansky Gallery, LA

    David Hammons | Hauser & Wirth, LA


    Making Gay History hosted by Eric Marcus

    Welcome to LA hosted by David Weinberg | KCRW

    Bow Down hosted by Jennifer Higgie | Frieze

    Recording Artists hosted by Helen Molesworth | The Getty

    Red Scare hosted by Anna Khachiyan & Dasha Nekrasova


    College Admissions Scandal

    Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence

    Surviving R. Kelly 

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