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History’s Dick Jokes: On Melville and Hawthorne

History’s Dick Jokes: On Melville and Hawthorne

“ALREADY I FEEL that this Hawthorne has dropped germinous seeds into my soul,” exults Herman Melville, in an anonymous 1850 review of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story collection Mosses from an Old M...

No, Crisis

No, Crisis

The following essay is part of the Los Angeles Review of Books special series “No Crisis”: a look at the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cult...

“Room” Is the “Crash” of Feminism

“Room” Is the “Crash” of Feminism

EMMA DONOGHUE’S 2010 novel Room seemed like it was made for me. After all, Room — a formally inventive story about domesticity and sexuality — falls into a category of books I love; what’s mor...

The Young and the Restless, and Laura Kipnis

The Young and the Restless, and Laura Kipnis

I’VE BEEN TRYING to review Laura Kipnis’s latest book, I really have, but the intrepid author of Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation has been lately sighted at so many embattled barricades, s...

Forty Years’ War

Forty Years’ War

ARE THE culture wars over? Media coverage of America’s red-blue political divide would seem to indicate an emphatic no. But poll numbers tell a different story. It can be easy to forget that just ...

50 Shades of Libertarian Love

50 Shades of Libertarian Love

This essay is excerpted from a longer piece forthcoming in Neoliberalism and Literature (2016), ed. Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith. ¤ IF YOU GO ON PornHub, you’ll find a lot of differ...

Queer Blood

Queer Blood

In Cold Blood is a queer book. It is other things, of course: an account of the hollowness of the American Dream, a classic of true crime, and, a true genre-buster, arguably, the first “nonfiction n...

Pro: Abortion Is a Social Good

Pro: Abortion Is a Social Good

The following is a feature article from the most recent edition of the LARB Quarterly Journal: Winter 2015. To pick up your copy of the Journal, become a member of the Los Angeles Review of Books ...

Capsid: A Love Song

Capsid: A Love Song

THE FIRST TIME I TESTED positive for HIV, I was 23. I rode the bus north to the free clinic on 114th and Second Avenue in East Harlem. It was the closest one to where I lived and worked. I had a busy ...

Feminist Artifacts: The Archive of Germaine Greer

Feminist Artifacts: The Archive of Germaine Greer

THE WORD “eunuch” first appears in antiquity and was applied to a man unable for whatever reason to have sexual intercourse. Soon enough it came to denote a man or boy who had been castrated to se...

Brown Broads, White TV

Brown Broads, White TV

KYLA WAZANA TOMPKINS: Rebecca, here’s why I wanted to write this with you: I had a moment on Facebook when I realized that almost everyone I know (and love) loves Broad City, and I hate it. You and ...

Genderalizations

Genderalizations

AT THE END of last year, the Los Angeles Review of Books ran a piece by Katherine Angel reflecting on the difficulties faced by women in the literary world, the gender bias toward the male point of v...

Gender, blah, blah, blah

Gender, blah, blah, blah

VIRGINIA WOOLF, after bumping into T. S. Eliot early on in their acquaintance, wrote: “I kept myself from being submerged, though feeling the waters rise once or twice. I mean by this that he comple...