“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 → 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.
More info → The Los Angeles Review of Books launched its inaugural print edition, the LARB Quarterly Journal, in the fall of 2013, fulfilling the promise to publish fun, smart longform writing in both print and digital pages. While LARB started as a digital-only magazine, we believed from the start that the printed book, far from being dead, was in fact alive and well, and remains one of the great alembics for public discourse today.