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Library in the Future Tense

Library in the Future Tense

 1. HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS of South Korea sits one of the oldest intact libraries in the world, located in the Haeinsa Temple. Since 1398, it has preserved, on spare wooden shelves, the 81,258 print...

The News Is Born

The News Is Born

IT WAS IN the 1650s that English political theorist James Harrington described the “incomparable Venice” as the most perfectly governed state in history, even suggesting that it had surpassed anc...

The Journalist and the Victim

The Journalist and the Victim

WRITERS OF NONFICTION crime stories, as opposed to their counterparts in fiction, face a very specific problem: how to write about victims. In a murder case, by definition, you can never interview the...

Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories

THE RENEWED INTEREST in psychogeography over the last 15 years arguably has London as its main focus, and it’s easy to see why. The best-known practitioners of contemporary psychogeography (most not...

The Era of the Geographically Confused

The Era of the Geographically Confused

MY LIFE IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABSURD: this is a line that engraved itself on my mind after reading Jane Jeong Trenka’s 2005 memoir, The Language of Blood, some years ago. The book documents Trenka’s ex...

A Secondary Art: The Letters of Malcolm Cowley

A Secondary Art: The Letters of Malcolm Cowley

The following is a feature article from the newly released LARB Quarterly Journal: Spring 2014 edition. To pick up your copy of the Journal, become a member of the Los Angeles Review of Books at the $...

The One and Only Geoff Dyer

The One and Only Geoff Dyer

BEFORE HE ESTABLISHED a reputation as a ceaseless dissolver of genre boundaries, and a casual expert on everything from WWI to photography to jazz, British writer Geoff Dyer pursued a much more conv...

A Writer at Sea

A Writer at Sea

ASKED BY THE WRITER and cultural critic Alain de Botton where he might want to be a writer in residence, Geoff Dyer, an author who has published books on subjects as diverse as jazz, photography, the...

But What’s Underneath?

But What’s Underneath?

We met when we were almost youngDeep in the green lilac park.You held on to me like I was a crucifixas we went kneeling through the dark.           — Leonard Cohen   IF A CRITIC is ...

Let Me Remind You

Let Me Remind You

“HAVE YOU read Salinger? Very likely you have,” Joanna Rakoff writes toward the end of her memoir My Salinger Year. Everyone has read Salinger — except for Rakoff, who picked up his books for th...

How to Be a Mother

How to Be a Mother

BY SPRING of my internship year I was exhausted, I’d gained 10 pounds, and my periods had stopped. I assumed that months of 36-hour hospital shifts fueled by coffee and vending machine candy had fin...

Capital Comes Knocking at the Schoolhouse Door

Capital Comes Knocking at the Schoolhouse Door

THERE ARE CURRENTLY about 50 million K-12 public school students and another five million in private school in the United States. With so many students — covering such a vast geographical, social, e...