The Chicago Review of Books is an independent literary review dedicated to cultivating awareness of diverse voices, settings, genres, and ideas in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and anything else that’s printed on paper, as well as the intersection of literature and the arts.

Diverse voices. We believe literary criticism should engage with writers from all continents and cultures. We believe independent, university, and small presses deserve a larger place in the cultural conversation alongside the Big Five.

Diverse settings. While we do feature many Chicago-based stories, writers, and publications, the Chicago Review of Books is as untethered to city limits as the New York Review of Books and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Diverse genres. We do not believe in the antiquated distinction between “literary” and “genre” fiction. We read an eclectic mix of books and will never compliment a title by saying it “transcends the genre.”

Diverse ideas. We seek to explore the connections between literature, current events, and pop culture. Our contributors are as diverse as the books we cover, from established authors, journalists, and writing professors to students and freelance critics.

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7 thoughts on “Mission

  1. The Chicago Review of Books is independent in the sense that Communist Bernie Sanders is an Independent. “Independent” is what Socialists in Chicago have called themselves since the 1940’s, when they had to stop using more accurate descriptions of their beliefs. The Left entered the world of literary criticism in the US in the 1970’s when the KGB instructed their “agents of influence” to enter mainstream American society, rather than publicly protesting US foreign policy. They only use the word “diverse” because that is part of their dogma. The Left always changes the meaning of words into their opposite. Note there is no physical address listed here for the CRB, and they had their awards program on the White Northside, not in Hyde Park. I have requested that the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Press should completely dissociate themselves in writing from the Chicago Review of Books and fire any CRB editors working there because their association impedes the major mission of the University. However, unlike Socrates, they have no spine. Milo himself has praised University of Chicago policies, and the real University of Chicago should invite him to speak, just as they have always allowed Communist Party leaders to speak. The University of Chicago used to be a role model for other liberal arts colleges, but its cowardice has made it irrelevant. Eventually, they will not be able to find faculty with real PhD’s, even in the sciences, unless these scholars are being trained in former communist countries, who have now banned traitors to liberty.

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  2. I am laughing out loud. CRB has been piling on with the crowd that has been calling Milo Y. a racist white supremacist. Apparently, CRB supports diversity except when it comes from a conservative gay Catholic man who has a black boyfriend.

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  3. I read your piece in this week’s Guardian about the CRB refusal to review any Simon & Schuster books in 2017, and want to express my admiration for your stand against such propagation of hatred as Yiannopoulos represents. We live in hard times and we will all be called in some way to resist this tide of anti-human behaviour.


  4. Refusing to review S&S books is a terrible idea. It would be even worse to not review Yiannopolis. Instead you ought to be telling readers what this book and others like it are about: analyze them, describe background, etc. Dismissing them won’t make them go away; it’s better to explain them–you know, like a book review. If it’s nothing more than some dickwad producing jackal vomit on a page, maybe so much the better. How about an article on how these guys get on best seller lists? Some rich crony buy up enough copies to make it a “best seller?” What should we know about right-wing propaganda in hardback? Do what journalists call “one-handed typing” which involves using the other hand to hold your nose if you must.
    By the way, am I the only one who thinks anastunya’s remarks are parody?


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