The new Los Angeles Review of Books, originally scheduled to launch last October, has finally surfaced online — albeit at a temporary address. A Tumblr blog set up at lareviewofbooks.org promises daily updates of essays, book reviews and interviews, with a more comprehensive website on the horizon. The site’s first post: “The Death of the Book,” by local author Ben Ehrenreich.
Editor Tom Lutz has a grand vision for LARB, which can be found on the publication’s facebook page:
We will have regular columnists, a book news compendium, and a vast array of multimedia content—not just video and audio interviews, but readings, audio book excerpts, Skype mini-interviews, video interchanges, recorded readings, live reports from book festivals and other events—and all sorts of things we haven’t thought of yet. We’re hoping, in other words, not just to be an alternate delivery form for the dying print book review, but to help develop new ways of fostering the conversation about books and culture.
No print review could contain all of this, but we hope to eventually publish a ‘best of’ print edition; it may start as an annual, turn into a quarterly, and wind up a monthly.
To this end Lutz has recruited a cast of notable contributors, including Janet Fitch, Michael Tolkin, Hector Tobar, Cecil Castellucci, Mark Sarvas, and Laurie Winer.