The China Channel is a hub for smart writing about Chinese culture, society and politics, as well as a steady diet of book reviews. Other regular features include a column on Chinese language, book club style discussions of Chinese stories in translation, and staff picks recommending the best China reading. We publish three to four stories a week, and are a reinvention of the BLARB China blog.
diaCRITICS is an arts and culture blog of the Vietnamese and SE Asian diaspora, covering literature, visual and interdisciplinary art, film, politics, news and events throughout the diaspora. We publish multilingually and strive to promote dialogue across boundaries. Our diaspora includes points from SE Asia to the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and more.
With its high-powered, long-form conversations, Entitled Opinions has fans around the globe, from Australia to China, Mexico to Russia. Its host, Robert Pogue Harrison, has interviewed some of our era's leading figures in literature, philosophy, science, and cultural history for over a decade. Harrison is the Stanford Rosina Pierotti Professor of French and Italian literature and the author of Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age, Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition, The Dominion of the Dead, Forests: The Shadow of Civilization, and The Body of Beatrice. In an era that favors the tweet, Harrison refuses to dumb it down: “This show offers the narcotic of intelligent conversation." Past guests have included Richard Rorty, René Girard, Peter Sloterdijk, Shirley Hazzard, Orhan Pamuk, Colm Tóibin, Marilynne Robinson, Paul Ehrlich, Michel Serres, Hayden White, and Abraham Verghese. Entitled Opinions airs on Stanford University’s KZSU (90.1 FM) and is available on iTunes.
HKRB is focused on the discussion and promotion of texts of all varieties and from all over the world. We are particularly interested in what we think of as ‘radical’ texts (any text which challenges normative ideas, assumptions and practices) and in promoting discussions of Hong Kong literature, and of literature in Hong Kong.
Soap Ear is a Los Angeles-based publication that serves the city’s musical extremities— the critics, outsiders, experimenters, dreamers, academics, sound artists, and concrete poets who will also be regular contributors to this platform. Published four times a year, each issue of Soap Ear features and critiques musical objects (pieces, shows or installations) that touch or disrupt our editors’ creative vision. Covering shows, installations, and new music releases, we also publish mixtapes, artist interviews, essays, scores, poetry and anything else that fits.
Tell Your True Tale is a writing workshop devised by journalist Sam Quinones. The goal of TYTT is to demystify writing, while helping new writers -especially people who have published very little, or nothing at all, before - cultivate their storytelling voices.
The first season of the Reading Opens Minds podcast, produced by the people behind the Reading Opens Minds non-profit, whose mission is "to promote literacy in at-risk communities through book clubs, empowering individuals, building relationships and inspiring hope." This podcast will follow a group of teenagers in Los Angeles, who will meet each week to discuss a book, their ideas and their lives. Like MTV’s The Real World, we hope to introduce you to a new generation. You will get to know these talented young men and women intimately as they tell their own stories through the books they read.