“No Crisis” considers the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cultural studies — in the 21st century. The last several years have been an era of crisis for the academic humanities, traditionally the home of the interpretive disciplines. Across the system of education in the United States there are, in fact, many crises. For our part, we see the crisis as the effect of economic and administrative decisions, not a failure of ideas. So, we asked a group of eminent critics to choose a recent critical text and to write about why it matters: not to coolly evaluate it but to stand and think with a critic whose writing they value. The essays produced are works of criticism in themselves; in them, and with “No Crisis,” we hope to show that the art of criticism is flourishing, rich with intellectual power and sustaining beauty, in hard times.
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More info → This special issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal is dedicated to some of the best pieces that have appeared in our Legal Affairs section throughout the years. Helmed by Don Franzen, the section has published some of the most prominent contemporary thinkers and practitioners of law in the United States, hosting discussions of the many difficult legal questions we face nationally and globally. You will see here critical and personal considerations around human rights, incarceration, and free speech, as well as a thorough look at the issues facing the Constitution, ranging from the language on the page to the prison we still maintain in Cuba.
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More info → The summer issue emphasizes an exciting selection of new poetry from emerging poets. In addition, we include new work from fiction writer and critic Frederic Tuten, longtime science journalist Greg Crister, novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff, and award-winning memoirist Louise Steinman, among many others.