The LARB Quarterly Journal

Fall 2015

What is being done at the Los Angeles Review of Books is renegade. The fish swimming upstream. A perfect example of disruptive innovation in a floundering industry.

The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal "No Crisis" issue considers the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cultural studies — in the 21st century. The last several years have been an era of crisis for the academic humanities, traditionally the home of the interpretive disciplines. Across the system of education in the United States there are, in fact, many crises. For our part, we see the crisis as the effect of economic and administrative decisions, not a failure of ideas. So, we asked a group of eminent critics to choose a recent critical text and to write about why it matters: not to coolly evaluate it but to stand and think with a critic whose writing they value. The essays produced are works of criticism in themselves; in them, and with "No Crisis," we hope to show that the art of criticism is flourishing, rich with intellectual power and sustaining beauty, in hard times.

The LARB Quarterly Journal is a testament to the fact that print is still thriving as readers continue to have a profound appetite for curated, edited, smart and fun opinion, written by the best writers and thinkers of our time.

These carefully selected articles, poems, interviews and essays — all written exclusively for this publication — appeal to readers with wide-ranging interests and a love for the literary. The new issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal includes:

  • Feature essays by Michael C. Clune, Virginia Jackson, Tavia Nyong'o, Namwali Serpell, and Kenneth W. Warren.
  • Original poetry by Robin Coste Lewis, Julie Kantor, Dorothea Lasky, Brian Teare, Margaret Ronda, Lo Kwa Mei-en, and Andrew Nance.
  • Including an Artist Portfolio and profile of Andrea Bowers.