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Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22”

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[VIDEO] Last Stories and Other Stories – The Los Angeles Review...

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The LARB Summer Interns Make a Magazine of Their Own

Our LARB summer interns have once again taken over our print magazine.

Help them bring it to print!

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Photos from one of our Luminary Dinners. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was kind enough to host us at his home. We ate, we drank, we talked.

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PODCAST #66: Author Krys Lee

Contributor Colin Marshall goes to Seoul, South Korea to talk with Krys Lee, author of the acclaimed short story collection Drifting House. They discuss her obsessions with violence and religion, “Koreanness” as an accidental unifier of her stories, her life between Korea, America, and England, and her next novel, which deals with the lives of North Korean refugees.

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Image: Peter Aaron

Syria: Then & Now

In 2009, internationally acclaimed architectural photographer Peter Aaron visited Syria and during the course of several weeks recorded much of the country’s incomparable architectural and archaeological heritage. From Hellenistic and Roman ruins to Ottoman caravansarais, from medieval souks to Crusader castles, from early Christian pilgrimage sites to great Abbasid and Ummayad mosques, Aaron photographed a rich and remarkable array of sites, all still in use by local populations. Just months after his return to the U.S., the Syrian Civil War broke out. Since then, many of these magnificent structures, hundreds and even thousands of years old, have been severely damaged or destroyed.
 
From August 16-September 7, fifty of Aaron’s most unforgettable Syrian images will be displayed at Art Space, 71 Palatine Road, Germantown New York. (Germantown is between Hudson and Rhinebeck.) Opening hours are Saturdays 11-5, Sundays 11-3. Opening reception Saturday, August 16 from 5-7.

For more, go here.

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Comedy veterans Rob Buscemi and Sofiya Alexandra are the founders of a brave new comedy circuit in Los Angeles. They change venues each time, they keep their line-ups secret, and they lure their audiences in with booze, cookies and a promise that things will get weird. There may or may not be an orgy at the end of each show.

The show is called Surprise! Comedy and at its heart it’s about what Buscemi and Alexandra call taking the “scene-y-ness” out of L.A. comedy shows. They say the Surprise! format relieves pressure on both the comics, who don’t have to promote the show or feel the need to impress to earn a spot back (they might be invited again, but not for a while) as well as the audience, which doesn’t pin its hopes on a headliner and meanwhile gets to kick back and enjoy a party.

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wordbookstores:

Two new books out this week from Peter Mendelsund, an amazing cover designer who is responsible for some very eye-catching classics (and plenty of new books as well).

wordbookstores:

Two new books out this week from Peter Mendelsund, an amazing cover designer who is responsible for some very eye-catching classics (and plenty of new books as well).

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18 Hours Before the Mast by Hester Blum

"THE TATTOO I thought I would get was the head of a Temple toggle harpoon. I was setting sail on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s only surviving 19th-century wooden whaleship, and I wanted a tattoo to commemorate my journey.”

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Art from our main page today: 

Julie Brown Smith: “Surprised to find you in your hiding place in this fantasy tag.” Ink on Canvas, 30” x 40”

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