Tom Lutz, By the Album
April 01, 2019
Jiayang Fan, By the Album
February 23, 2019
Lisa Brackmann, By the Album
January 26, 2019
Ian Rankin, By the Album
January 12, 2019
Hong Kong on the Brink
Jeffrey Wasserstrom documents and reflects on the recent protests in Hong Kong.
Then They Came for the Bookseller
The ongoing threats to free expression in Hong Kong, which are again in the headlines, need to be placed in a long-term historical context.
The Odd Couple: On Political Dissent and the Remarkable Similarities Between Mark Twain and Yu Hua
Twain's and Yu's oeuvres are filled with works that demonstrate their keen eye for the small dramas of everyday life and keen ear for linguistic hypocrisy.
The People’s Pope and the Chairman of Everything
On the parallels between the way the Pope and the "Chairman of Everything" have been framed as public figures.
Hong Kong Visions
"I'm used to Hong Kong streets being noisy; instead it was eerily silent."
A Tale of Two Summers
The many crises that unfolded this summer draw strong parallels to 1900.
Strangers in the Metropolis: Jeffrey Wasserstrom on Mara Hvistendahl
AND THE CITY SWALLOWED THEM, a foray into true crime reportage by the versatile and talented Mara Hvistendahl, a writer previously
China and the Nobel IV
Part IV of our series on China and the Nobel Prize for Literature. LARB's Asia editors Megan Shank and Jeffrey Wasserstrom
A Transnational, Translingual Writer: Claire Conceison on Gao Xingjian
GAO XINGJIAN became the first writer of Chinese ancestry to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. Initially making his
All I See Around Me is the Same Old Darkness: Gloria Davies on Lu Xun
THE NEED to include something about Lu Xun in this series was obvious to us from the start, since many inside
China and the Nobel III
Part III of our series on China and the Nobel Prize for Literature. LARB's Asia editors Megan Shank and Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Why Hong Kong?
ON JULY 1, 1997, Hong Kong stopped being a British Crown colony and became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the
Around the World in Eighty Ways: On Circumnavigation
Q: WHAT DO CHARLES DARWIN, Mark Twain, Nellie Bly, S. J. Perelman, Chinese customs service employee Li Gui, Monty Python’
China’s Latest Laureate: Chinese Lit Scholar Answers Questions about Mo Yan
WHEN THE NOBEL PRIZE in Literature is awarded, commentators often wonder if it was given to recognize the quality of the
Punk and Protest in China and Russia
Fascinating things happen, the Pussy Riot trial reminds us, when music is used to give the finger to a stagnant government &
The Future is a Different Country: On William Gibson
The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." — William Gibson I NEED TO BEGIN with a confession: I
Hot Dystopic: Orwell and Huxley at the Shanghai’s World Fair
Who, we sometimes ask, at the dinners and debates of the intelligentsia, was the 20th century's more insightful prophet — Aldous Huxley