The Los Angeles Review of Books launched its inaugural print edition, the LARB Quarterly Journal, in the fall of 2013, fulfilling the promise to publish fun, smart longform writing in both print and digital pages. While LARB started as a digital-only magazine, we believed from the start that the printed book, far from being dead, was in fact alive and well, and remains one of the great alembics for public discourse today.

The Quarterly Journal features reviews, essays, original poetry, short stories, and artist profiles. Pushing the form of the book review into other genres, such as memoir, polemic, and short story, this inaugural issue includes a meditation on the cultural relevance of paper by Jacob Mikanowski, an experiential essay on attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival by Ander Monson, a reflection on the vagaries of race in Los Angeles and beyond by Maria Bustillos, and an in-depth reappraisal of the work of D. H. Lawrence by Marjorie Perloff.

This issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal includes:

  • Feature essays by Maria Bustillos, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Ariana Kelly, Jacob Mikanowksi, Ander Monson, Daniel Olivas, Marjorie Perloff, and Laurie Pepper.
  • Original poetry by Douglas Kearney, Maurice Manning, Hoa Nguyen, and Müesser Yeniay.
  • Short takes by Tom Bissell, Alex Espinoza, Rigoberto González, and Chris Kraus.
  • Including an Artist Portfolio and profile of Barbara T. Smith.