This week, the Los Angeles Review of Books launches a new section. "Around the World" will explore and profile thinkers, writers, artists and activists in countries all over the world, whose work transcends national borders and boundaries, whether it be in painting, music, poetry or fiction, journalism, public service or advocacy in the public interest. Media in the United States, especially as the progressive defunding of overseas bureaus has led to less coverage of the world around us, have become more, rather than less provincial. We hope to do our little bit to reverse that trend.
Every article, interview and essay in this section is intended to create a point of correspondence between LARB readers here and worldwide, with an emphasis on the multilingualism that so often drives vanguard achievements in culture, politics and the literary arts. As the writers solicited to publish for this section often hail from countries and communities outside of the United States, we will publish bilingual editions of their articles whenever possible.