Los Angeles Review of Books: True Fictionalizations: On Angie Sijun Lou’s “Dark Soil” Anthology

THERE’S A UNIQUE THRILL that comes from being in a place where we know remarkable events occurred, a rush from the sudden marriage of knowledge with the physical world, a feeling of the link between history and the present, mind and matter. The essence of the new anthology Dark Soil: Fictions and Mythographies comes from […]

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Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: April 29 – May 3, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: April 29 – May 3, 2024

Aarathi Prasad on how silk helped Genghis Khan conquer a continent. | Lit Hub History “Shortly after 2:30, on the morning of Tuesday, April 30, one thousand New York City policemen marched onto the campus in military formation.” This isn’t the first time students have occupied Hamilton Hall. Charles Kaiser on the 1968 protests at Columbia. | Lit […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: “D Is for Despair” Didn’t Sound So Good: A Conversation Between Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert

ELIZABETH KOLBERT HAS written three crucial books about climate change and the global environment: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006), the Pulitzer-winning The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014) and Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future (2021). Her carefully reported New Yorker pieces—all the more powerful for […]

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Electric Literature: Selected Arcana from My Literary Tarot 

Electric Literature: Selected Arcana from My Literary Tarot 

From a young age, I’ve been a collector and trader of cards: Topps movie tie-ins, the Garbage Pail Kids, Yo! MTV Raps, TGIF Laffs, and Starline’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, among many others. There was a real boom in the ’80s and ’90s where it seemed every last tendril of the shared cultural experience—from American […]

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Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: April 12, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: April 12, 2024

Don’t know how to end your poem? Emily Skaja suggests 50 ways. | Lit Hub Craft Kelly E. Hill on the Home for Friendless Women and giving voice to Women who defied societal norms in the nineteenth century. | Lit Hub History Do you really understand the difference between morals and ethics? Eli Burnstein shares […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: Critic or Translator? On Eli Friedlander’s “Walter Benjamin and the Idea of Natural History”

IN THE ROLL CALL of great Western philosophers, big hitters are often identified by their magnum opuses. Plato? The Republic. Kant? Critique of Pure Reason. Heidegger? Being and Time. The problem with Walter Benjamin, however, is that he never wrote a book that sets out a single, unified philosophy, so many refuse to admit him […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Power over Spice Is Power over All: Extractivism and Indigenous Knowledge in Frank Herbert’s “Dune”

WHEN I WAS 10, I absorbed the sandy textures of Frank Herbert’s Dune (1965) from a weathered paperback copy on my parent’s shelves. It took a few more decades for me to see how the novel presents not an escape from this world but a confrontation with it. Dune is a novel about the history […]

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