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Los Angeles Review of Books: This Week

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Why did Edward Snowden originally flee to Hong Kong? Jeffrey Wasserstrom explains what has made Hong Kong so special over the past 25 years.

“Could you get away with creating something about the inability to create, something about your crisis of creativity?” Jon Wiener revisits the important questions asked by Federico Fellini in the iconic film 8 ½ on the 50th anniversary of its US premiere.

Leo Goldsmith interviews McKenzie Wark about May 1968, the Situationist International movement, and his new book, The Spectacle of Disintegration: Situationist Passages Out of the Twentieth Century.

NEW REVIEWS

Ted Gioia reviews Julio Cortázar’s 1963 novel Hopscotch, which still stands out as a brazen attempt to undermine traditional reading strategies.
James F. English, Alexander Galloway, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick engage in a symposium on Franco Moretti’s Distant Reading.

FEATURED ARTIST

Margaret Griffith is a Los Angeles-based artist who focuses on urban and residential landscape in her work. Her exhibitions include a 2012 solo installation at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, and a 2013 group exhibition at the Weingart Gallery at Occidental College. Of her recent work she writes, "I am looking at how a community visually defines itself by the boundaries it constructs through metaphorical relationships found within urbanism." This week's featured image is a detail from her work "Eddie" (graphite and pigmented ink on paper). Margaret Griffith gave LARB permission to use an image of her installation piece, "Coringa," to illustrate Lisa Locascio's essay on Roberto Bolano, "My Bolano Archive."

FEATURED PODCAST

Host Colin Marshall speaks with poet and translator David Shook about his latest collection, Our Obsidian Tongues. 

LARB NEWS + EVENTS

We are excited to share that the first few weeks of our Summer Internship Program have been a success! We are providing the interns with a unique publishing course and helping them create their own issue of our print magazine.  
Thursday, July 25:
Live Talks LA presents
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rainn Wilson.
Get more information here.
"Coringa"
Margaret Griffith
Handcut Paper
12' x 5' x 3'
"Untitled" (copper study)
Margaret Griffith
Copper
18' x 16' x 13'
Our latest Digital Edition collecting reviews and essays from our Music section is out now, featuring some of LARB's biggest hits. Now available at Amazon.
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