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“Marginalia is terrific. In one short year its creators and writers have taught us all how to discuss — and debate — profound humanistic scholarship in a readable and accessible way.” – Anthony T. Grafton

“Marginalia is terribly impressive. The intellectual range, depth, and quality of writing are remarkable.” – Bernard M. Levinson

“Marginalia is a unique publication containing reviews which are scholarly, readable and authoritative on a wide range of subjects and from the pens of acknowledged experts in the field. Such a combination of qualities makes it one of the most exciting academic review journals to appear in recent times.” – J.N. Carleton-Paget

The Marginalia Review of Books offers deep learning for the digital age. An international, open-access review of literature and culture at the nexus of history, theology, religion, and the arts, Marginalia provides a channel for new voices, voices from the periphery, and established voices venturing out into new territory. Whether we think of marginalia as redefining the contours of an established tradition or as empowering the marginalized text to speak its own truth in its own idiom, today, more than ever, the margins are where important work in the humanities is taking place. We strive to promote such work. We believe in permeable scholarly borders, in the review that takes in the full scope of the field, and in the essay that speaks to the complexity of the world in which we live. We champion the thoughtful read, the undistracted read, the annotated read. In this distracted age, we seek to provide an alternative to the mainstream tweet, listicle, blog post, and cheat sheet. We make available content that deserves to be seen or heard in its entirety. We strive to make the humanities more human. We publish every other Friday, with some special features appearing at other times.

Marginalia is a Los Angeles Review of Books Channel. LARB Channels are a community of wholly independent, vanguard online magazines specializing in literary criticism, politics, science, the arts and culture, supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

To cite a review from MRB, use the date of publication as it appears on the review and the full name, the Marginalia Review of Books, in the following format:

Daniel B. Schwartz, “Move Over, Mendelssohn.” On Eliyahu Stern’s, The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism. Marginalia Review of Books, 13 January 2014: http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/archives/5200.

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