The East Coast and the West Coast have had their spats, but in the end, our respective lit scenes form one big, happy, bicoastal family, right? Right?!

That might not seem like the case if you’re following the events outlined in this New Republic piece. A summary: the Los Angeles Review of Books is challenging the New York Review of Books‘s supremacy, and, to Marc Tracy at least, “it is difficult not to side with…the LARB in their broader project.”

Can’t we all just get along?

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →