Louis Rolsky reviews Reece Peck’s “Fox Populism,” which considers the intersections between conservatism, populism, and mass media.
LA Review of Books"'Fox Populism' gives us an admirably clear and much-needed blueprint for future studies of the intimate, yet volatile relationship between mass media, populist movements, and American conservatism in the 21st century." @LBRolsky on Reece Peck's new book
Peter Pomerantsev, author of “This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality,” looks at the new normal in the era of Putin and Trump.
LA Review of Books"This is the great paradox of the end of the Cold War: the future, or rather the future-less present, arrived first in Russia. We are only now catching up." Peter Pomerantsev writes
Brad Evans speaks with Henry A. Giroux, author of “The Terror of the Unforeseen.” A conversation in Brad Evans’s “Histories of Violence” series.
LA Review of Books"'Neoliberal fascism' has its roots in [...] market-driven policies that have waged war against public goods, civic culture, the welfare state, minorities of class and color, and democracy itself." @HistofViolence talks to #LARBBooks author @HenryGiroux
Dan Friedman reviews Jay Wexler's new book, "Our Non-Christian Nation."
LA Review of Books“Our Non-Christian Nation” is "not a dry overview of case law, but a zesty, opinionated assessment of how non-Christians should actually behave, given the way that the [Establishment Clause] manifests itself in national daily life." Dan Friedman writes
Patrick Howell interviews author Quincy Troupe about Harlem, growing up in St. Louis, and what's next.
LA Review of Books"Sterling Brown was an important mentor to me because he let me come into his house and he accepted me into his life. He loved my work when nobody else would look at it." Patrick Howell interviews Quincy Troupe
James Womack romps through “Beyond Tula: A Soviet Pastoral,” translated from the Russian by Ainsley Morse.
LA Review of Books“In many ways the most exciting period of Russian prose is not the foundational era, the short 19th century of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, but instead the wild experimental years, kicked off by Chekhov and shut down by Stalin.” James Womack on "Beyond Tula"
Kieran Setiya takes a serious look at “Humour” by Terry Eagleton.
LA Review of Books"Before we dive into theories of humor, we need to know what these theories are for. Why is humor a subject for philosophy at all?" @KieranSetiya reviews Terry Eagleton's "Humour"
The problem with "Alienated America" is Carney’s reliance on God to bail out capitalism.
LA Review of Books"His professed desire for strong communities is predictably thwarted by his inability to recognize unfettered capitalism [...] as the primary threat to the robust civic life he vaunts." Tyler Austin Harper reviews Timothy P. Carney’s “Alienated America” ow.ly/SGqN50uRbHVpic.twitter.com/p34iKnxY0G
Rachel Cline’s new novel takes on the psychology and politics of the #MeToo movement.
LA Review of Books"'The Question Authority' represents a harmful attempt to minimize and complicate #MeToo’s most basic goal: to empower the survivors of sexual violence and hold abusers accountable." Tatiana Dubin reviews Rachel Cline's new novel
Ryan Smernoff appreciates the many gems of Karen Russell’s “Orange World and Other Stories.”
LA Review of Books"There is, indeed, a terror coursing through Karen Russell’s work that is difficult to pinpoint precisely because it isn’t any one thing in particular, but rather a reality that everyone, everywhere lives with — the looming presence of the unknown."