Tom Lutz

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Tom Lutz is an American writer and literary critic, and founder and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books.[1]


Lutz has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Iowa,[2] and is currently Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside.[3][4]

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Die Zeit, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse,, and Black Clock.[5]

His books include Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America (2007, American Book Award), Cosmopolitan Vistas: American Regionalism and Literary Value (2004; Choice Outstanding Academic Title), Crying: The Natural & Cultural History of Tears (1999; New York Times Notable Book), and American Nervousness, 1903: An Anecdotal History (1991, New York Times Notable Book), and have been translated into 12 languages.[6]

He lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City.[7]





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