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The People’s Pope and the Chairman of Everything

The People’s Pope and the Chairman of Everything

Note: this piece was written for simultaneous bilingual publication in English, in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in Italian, in Cinaforum, available here. All photographs courtesy of Jeffrey W...

Inaugural Blk Grrrl Book Fair

Inaugural Blk Grrrl Book Fair

JERRY GORIN: What made you want to create a new book fair? TEKA-LARK FLEMING: I founded the Blk Grrrl Book Fair because I felt that we needed to have a more inclusive literary event in Los Angeles...

Not Loving, Working!

Not Loving, Working!

AS SO OFTEN these days, I’m on a plane with a book on my knee. I’ve relished planes more since they emerged as nooks in which to read offline and have come to do my best reading detached from the ...

Black Left, Black List

Black Left, Black List

TOWARD THE END of Gwendolyn Brooks’s novel Maud Martha, the title character Maud fights with a chicken. With the battles of World War II not far in the background, Maud contemplates the parallel vi...

After Translation

After Translation

EZRA POUND occupies a central place in discussions of experimental modernist translation — and rightly so. In “Translation Wounds,” poet and translator Johannes Göransson writes, “Pound used ...

California’s Golden Days

California’s Golden Days

ONCE UPON A TIME, certain capitalists, undeterred by inconveniences of either geography or geology, employed the forces of water to tear California apart. They were searching for a precious natural re...

G-Men as Literary Critics

G-Men as Literary Critics

DISCOVERING LINKS between famous literary figures and shadowy government entities — the CIA, FBI, MI6 — is a proven way to raise eyebrows and perk up ears. What could be more intriguing than imag...

The State of Surveillance

The State of Surveillance

THE INSPECTION HOUSE: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance is the latest in the “Exploded Views” series from the innovative Toronto-based publisher Coach House Books. In a prefatory n...

Where Danger Is

Where Danger Is

CRITICAL AND TERRITORIAL in my nature, not easily impressed by my fellow essayists, I will here cede territory and admit to being impressed, more than impressed, by the vigorously growing oeuvre of Re...

Work It on Out

Work It on Out

IN THE SUMMER of 2003, you couldn’t miss “Crazy in Love.” The Beyoncé single with a horn hook from the Chi-Lites and a rap from the singer’s future husband Jay-Z was everywhere. I heard it o...