Art from our main page today:
Left: “Leaping Woman”
Center: “Thinker #2” (detail)
Right: A Thought Went Up My Mind Today”
"Govan’s rather breathtaking sleight of hand, however, should not be given a pass: a private choice for such a public project half funded with public money and largely proceeding outside public comment sets a very arrogant precedent that wouldn’t pass muster in a publically funded governmental building. Govan has privatized a public process."
Contributor Joseph Giovannini offers a biting critique of LACMA’s proposed redesign.
"Ritu and I, along with Ash’s friends Annette and Sarah, had read The Fault In Our Stars this spring at Ash’s insistence. During a rough bout of chemo when she could barely eat or drink, Ash read it ravenously, immersing herself in the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager who has incurable Stage IV cancer, a hot boyfriend, and a distinctively wise and nerdy voice combining perceptiveness and snark. Afterwards Ash bought extra copies to give away. “You have to read it!” she kept telling us.”
Earlier today, author John Green said Briallen Hopper’s essay was “the best essay about The Fault in Our Stars” he’s read. Check it out here.
Our LARB A.V. team’s Jerry Gorin interviewed former Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books about his battle with the NFL’s intolerance, the fallacy of the single-minded athlete, and his favorite books of all time. Kluwe is currently suing the Vikings over discrimination for voicing his support of same-sex marriage.
If you’re in Los Angeles, chances are if you look out your window right now, you’ll see a palm tree.
Today we published a fascinating longform essay by Victoria Dailey on the history and cultural iconography of the palm tree in Los Angeles. The piece is part of our collaboration with Flaunt Magazine on their 15th anniversary issue.
“We out here” is a slang term that originated among skateboarders in San Francisco, where it referred to the hard work of constant practice in the cityscape, but it has since evolved and spread. Now it refers more to living in the moment, making the most of what you have and maintaining a sense of solidarity within a community. Whatever we have, whoever we are, we’re all working hard, striving and surviving “out here” at the edge of the new world.
I do work for LARB, so I may be a little biased, but, may I just say the collection of book reviews we’ve published over the last couple days have been so enticing, I’ve rushed out and bought each of them. I am not a rich man! But sometimes in life when the choice is books or food, you choose books.
For reviews of all the books above, head to our main page.