From the Stacks: “The Significance of Herman Melville”
August 01, 2013
Herman Melville, the celebrated author behind Moby-Dick, would have been 194 today. In his honor, we bring you an essay by Lewis Mumford—a legend in his own right—on Melville's philosophy and outlook.
From the Stacks: "Emily and Her Sisters"
July 30, 2013
Emily Brontë was born 195 years ago today. In her honor, we bring you New Republic associate editor Robert Morss Lovett's 1928 take on Emily, her sisters, and her legacy.
Orhan Pamuk Reading Guide
July 29, 2013
In our latest issue, we published an interview with Nobel Prize–winning novelist Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk studied journalism in college, but in 1975 decided to focus on writing books.
From the Stacks: "Why Coleridge?"
July 25, 2013
In honor of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who died 174 years ago today, Kenneth Burke's 1939 essay lauding Coleridge as a great champion of idealism.
You don’t name your publication the Los Angeles Review of Books unless you are trying to make a statement.
'Heaven is For Real': Fiction or Nonfiction?
July 09, 2013
In The New York Times 'Open Book' section, which appears in the Sunday Book Review and is full of nuggets on the literary world, there appears the following:
And the Award for Most Insufferable Author Goes to...
July 08, 2013
The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe.
Hope Springs Eternal at the AWP Conference
March 11, 2013
The writing industry is booming, even if the book industry isn't.
When I Stop Believing in Fiction
February 15, 2013
The god that fails: a novelist’s uneasy relationship with fiction.
How Literature Saved This Book
February 12, 2013
Several years ago, David Shields staked out a new literary aesthetic with Reality Hunger. His latest, How Literature Saved My Life, reads like so many strung-together blog posts. But does that matter?