Christina Quarles “…The Color of Tha Sky (Magic Hour),” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 88 inches.
Los Angeles Review of Books: This Week


“The first distinct intellectual movement to have emerged during the Trump presidency is not the alt-right, which rose to prominence during the 2016 campaign. Nor is it democratic socialism, the egalitarian platform that many young progressives have embraced since the Occupy Wall Street movement. Instead, this movement may well be what some are calling the ‘intellectual dark web.’” Jacob Hamburger investigates the heterogenous group of authors, scientists, and entertainers who “believe their ideas are being stifled by an epidemic of ‘political correctness.’”
“The airless and dilapidated classroom was empty when I arrived, after a Dantesque journey inward from the prison perimeter. The contents of my pockets had been left behind, including keys, wallet, cell phone. The last thing I surrendered was my driver’s license, exchanged for a visitor’s ID that clipped to my shirt.” Peter Brooks discusses Miranda v. Arizona, the 1966 Supreme Court opinion that tried to set the rules for the interrogation of criminal suspects, in a prison classroom.
“There’s a type of unreflective person who’s like, ‘I went to Russia, I tried to fix it, and it didn’t work — fuck the Russians.’ That kind of very unreflective person is maybe the American ambassador to Russia! Most people, though, experience it as personal failure. And that’s the story here.” Jane Gayduk asks Keith Gessen, author of A Terrible Country, about the heartbreak of dementia, the limits of historical context, and the tricky truth about Putin’s Russia.
On BLARBJacquelyn Ardam visits the International Cryptozoology Museum and reflects on Marianne Moore’s poems as well as her own contingent position in academia.


Robert Daseler appreciates the “timely plaintiff’s argument” laid out in John Farrell’s The Varieties of Authorial Intention: Literary Theory Beyond the Intentional Fallacy.
Mary F. Corey is stirred by Kelly Lytle Hernández’s City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965.
Christopher Shinn admires Cynthia L. Haven’s “elegant” and “moving” Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard.


Grafton Tanner reviews Terry Tapp’s A Serf’s Journal: The Story of the United States’ Longest Wildcat Strike.
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Christina Quarles was born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles where she currently lives with her wife. She received an MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art in 2016 and holds a BA in philosophy and studio arts from Hampshire College. Christina was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016) and the Fountainhead Residency (2017); her awards and grants include the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant and the Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship at Yale University. Recent exhibitions include,  “Made in LA” at the Hammer Museum (CA), “Fictions” at The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY), “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” at the New Museum (NY), “Still Human” at the Rubell Family Collection (Miami) and a solo exhibition at David Castillo Gallery (Miami); in 2018 Christina will present solo exhibitions at MATRIX, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (CA) and Pilar Corrias Gallery (London). The featured image in this week’s newsletter is “…The Color of Tha Sky (Magic Hour),” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 88 inches.  


The LARB Quarterly Journal #19: Romance Issue is almost off press and features a surreal short story by Kristen Gleason, Romance writer Cat Sebastian discussing the political power of the genre, Joanna Walsh on Anaïs Nin’s autobiographical erotica, Jonathan Alexander and the “Arts of Queer Friendship,” Onyinye Ihezukwu short story about a young African woman coming to terms with her own body and complicated sexuality, and more — this issue will surely delight

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Cover image by this week's featured artist, Christina Quarles.


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