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Guilty as Charged

Guilty as Charged

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY has a lot of nerve. Thank goodness. If more scholars had his intellectual power, passion, and pluck, the country would be better off. In a more perfect Union, his new book, The Case...

Killing It

Killing It

The following is a feature article from the 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 $15 monthly lev...

When the War Is Over

When the War Is Over

When the War Is Over   When the war is over We will be proud of course the air will be Good for breathing at last The waters will have been improved the salmon And the silence of heaven will mi...

The Silencing of Chelsea Manning

The Silencing of Chelsea Manning

THIS PAST MAY, OR Books published The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning, a book devoted to the US military trial of Private First Class (Pfc) Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. It’s now Aug...

The Never-Healing Wound

The Never-Healing Wound

THE NUMBERS continue to astound. Of the more than 47 million men mobilized by the five great powers in 1914 (Austria-Hungary, Germany, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom), about 18.5 million would...

Different Voices

Different Voices

SOMETIMES THE WORLD reveals itself to us in unexpected ways. While I don't consider reading fiction a particularly practical habit, novels in translation often reaffirmed to me just how little I know ...

Sacred Duty

Sacred Duty

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 $...

Fortini and the Middle East

Fortini and the Middle East

IN I cani del Sinai (1967), translated by Alberto Toscano as The Dogs of the Sinai, Italian intellectual and poet Franco Fortini’s meditates on the Six-Day War, the global and regional political si...

A Liturgy of Absolution

A Liturgy of Absolution

What I'm trying to accomplish is to figure out why we, as a nation, moved away from this moment of self-reckoning that I identify with the end of the Vietnam War and Watergate and the Church Committee...

Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

IN SUSPICION NATION, best-selling author Lisa Bloom has written two books and put them under one cover. The first book is a dissection of the Trayvon Martin case with a highly critical analysis of the...

Siegfried Sassoon and Palestine

Siegfried Sassoon and Palestine

On the rock-strewn hills I heard The anger of guns that shook Echoes along the glen. In my heart was the song of a bird, And the sorrowless tale of the brook, And scorn for the deeds of men. SIEGFRI...

The Two Abysses of the Soul

The Two Abysses of the Soul

For Ion Ianoși, from whom I learned how to love Russia.  ¤ WHEN RUSSIA AMPUTATED CRIMEA from Ukraine earlier this year, expertly swift as the stroke was, the pain was not just local. It was felt ...