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John Green’s Anxieties: On “Turtles All the Way Down”

DECEMBER 28, 2017 FOLLOWING SEVERAL MAJOR SUCCESSES, including his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars and its 2014 film adaptation, as well as the 2015 adaptation of his 2008 novel Paper Towns, John Green seemed to be taking...

The Time of Finance – Los Angeles Review of Books

DECEMBER 28, 2017 THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS has done next to nothing to change the convictions of mainstream economists. But the widespread lament over their willful blindness seems misplaced: there was never a realistic possibility that the economics profession...

James Rollins: By the Book

What genres do you especially enjoy reading? And which do you avoid? There’s the old adage: Authors should write what they love to read. That’s certainly the case for me — and a problem. I grew up reading a...

The Oil and Gas Sector Is Changing — and So Is Geopolitics

Photo Chevron’s Station 36 plant in California, an oilfield that first came into production in 1899. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times WINDFALL How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens American Power By Meghan L. O’Sullivan...

Is Nuclear War Inevitable? – The New York Times

But what if the sensors malfunctioned? Could sane, responsible leaders bet the planet on weapons that could be activated by an accident, misperception or mistake? Of course not, Kahn explained, but the “mutually assured destruction” capabilities that emerged as...

On the Lam With Timothy Leary

Like that earlier book, this one is told in a present-tense style that privileges roller-coaster participation over dispassionate context. You know early on that there will be entertainment in the details. As Leary is transferred from one prison to...

From Conflict to Dialogue and All the Way Back

DECEMBER 27, 2017 TERRY EAGLETON once remarked that regarding religion as an attempt to offer a scientific explanation of the world is rather like seeing ballet as a botched attempt to run for a bus. Eagleton gestures toward a...

Occasional Corgis: The Crown’s Canine Politics

“The only members of the party not perhaps completely happy are the corgi dogs, feeling apparently just a little bit out of the picture.” – “Royal Family on Holiday” (1960) I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…...

“You Can’t Have Flabby Curiosity”: Three Questions for Kim Adrian

DECEMBER 27, 2017 KIM ADRIAN IS wearing socks. (Socks over tights, as it happens. Ankle-high, cashmere, periwinkle socks.) As are, I imagine, our fellow diners in this cafe, in Boston, in December. I — a Californian — am not....

Louisiana in Los Angeles: How New Orleans Jazz Traveled to California

DECEMBER 27, 2017 This piece appears in the LARB Print Quarterly Journal: No. 16,  Art To receive the LARB Quarterly Journal, become a member  or  donate here.   ¤ Gold might be hiding in plain sight; some small stowaway that’s been...