When Jan Morris died this past November, her fellow writer of place Pico Iyer saluted her on Twitter as "the kindest, shrewdest and most indefatigable master portraitist of cities." Most of this portraiture she executed in the form of essays: "The Know-How City," to name just on…
Since moving to Seoul in 2015, I’ve written the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog on South Korean literature, cinema, current events, and daily l…
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When a podcast hits it big, it becomes something else: ideally a streaming television series, that most prestigious of all 21st-century cultural forms.…
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We who write about cities obviously have an interest in the city as a subject. But I suspect we value it even more as a nexus of subjects, an ostensibl…
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"You can't have Bach, Mozart and Beethoven as your favorite composers," Michael Tilson Thomas once declared. "They simply define what music is." By the…
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When the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the United States, Michael Sorkin became one of its earliest high-profile casualties. He died in New York City…
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When you hear something described as "only in L.A.," rest assured of its being neither unique to nor representative of Los Angeles. Take, mundane thoug…
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When Rem Koolhaas published Delirious New York in 1978, he hadn't yet built his best-known work. Central China Television Headquarters was 35 years awa…
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