Los Angeles Review of Books: From Aspiration to Constriction: On Three New Books Examining Change in China

THE DECADE THAT preceded the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989 was a remarkable period in the history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In the drab years following Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) still controlled most aspects of a citizen’s life. To marry, divorce, have children, change jobs, or travel, […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: The Eyes Have It: On Eugene M. Helveston’s “Death to Beauty”

Los Angeles Review of Books: The Eyes Have It: On Eugene M. Helveston’s “Death to Beauty”

FROM 1803 TO 1815, the Napoleonic Wars ravaged large parts of Europe, creating food shortages that forced peasants to rely increasingly on blood sausages for sustenance. Made of meat, vegetables, spices, and blood stuffed into animal intestines, the sausages were often allowed to stand at room temperature for prolonged periods and undercooked to avoid bursting […]

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Electric Literature: 9 Fun Murder Mysteries You Should be Reading

Electric Literature: 9 Fun Murder Mysteries You Should be Reading

Putting the words “fun” and “murder” next to each other in a conversation is a great way to give off the impression that you are gleefully maladjusted. But I’d wager if you tried it (the conversation starter, not the murder)—go ahead, show up at a party and say, “Isn’t murder fun?”—people would know just what […]

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