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Scenes From the Forthcoming East Coast-West Coast Literary War

What do the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord and the assassination of Franz Ferdinand have in common with a New Republic piece written by Marc Tracy? Hopefully nothing, but the title, “The L.A. Review of Books Declares War on the N.Y. Review of Books,” suggests that the piece could be the earliest document of a literary war between the coasts that will rival the Tupac and Biggie feud of the 1990s.

Since we at Flavorwire are peaceful East Coast citizens who love taking trips out to California without fearing any type of bodily harm, we present this timeline as a cautionary tale of what might happen if what Tracy perceives as aggression on the part of the scrappy upstart Los Angeles Review of Books against the venerable New York Review of Books escalates. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NYRB co-founder and editor Robert “Bob” Silvers issues a short rebuttal to LARB Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Tom Lutz’s comments: “Steampunk homage? Gimme a break, Junior. Publish Hannah Arendt, Saul Bellow, John Berryman, Truman Capote, Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, Dwight Macdonald, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, and like, everybody else before you go comparing yourself to me. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to fly out to your hometown to get cocktails with Joan Didion.” 

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