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The Mainstreaming of the Word

I grew up among writers. My father was a journalist for the London Times, who later went on to write seventeen books. My mother was an editor at Faber and Faber. T.S. Eliot sat in the next office to my Mum. Back in the 1960s, publishing...Show More Summary

Lear's Cosmic Constant

Shakespeare's Lear starts off at the edge of a cliff and jumps. That's essentially the plot of the play. If Lear had his marbles, he never would have made his outrageous demand. Perhaps his disinhibition is the first stage of senile dementia. Show More Summary

Stop Guessing: An Interview with Nat Greene

Some of my favorite books address decision making and human biases. It turns out that we're generally not very good at making decisions--even relatively simple ones. Indeed, the entire field of behavioral economics is arguably basedShow More Summary

READ THIS: In an All-Too-Timely Book, 8 Key Questions About the Holocaust

This article first appeared in The National Book Review: Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes W.W. Norton & Co. 432 pp. Why the Jews? Why the Germans? Why murder? And why did it all unfold so quickly? There have been -- with good reason -- no end of books about the Holocaust, but Why? Explaining the Holocaust takes a novel approach. Show More Summary

Want to Improve Your City? Start Taking Pictures

In Chuck Wolfe's absorbing new book, Seeing the Better City, he encourages readers to think with our eyes and communicate with visual imagery in order to improve our cities. With the proliferation of smartphone cameras and an endless array of easily accessible, web-based platforms on which to display them, virtually everyone is now a photographer. Show More Summary

Milan Vaishnav On Books And Writing

Milan Vaishnav is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank. Your book "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics" has just been published. Would you tell us a little bit about it? The...Show More Summary

From Poem to Children's Book - My Darling Child Shiloh by Aaron Ozee

Growing up, I was hooked on Shel Silverstein. I mean, who wouldn't be right? From the prose to the graphics, he had a creative way of telling a story. Must be why so many schools still use his books for story time. Eventually, we grow up. Show More Summary

COLUMN: An Illustrated History of Love and Sex Among the Literati

This article first appeared in The National Book Review COLUMN: THE BIBLIOPHILE The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon Bloomsbury USA, 96 pp. By Simone...Show More Summary

Pornosophy: Joan Acocella's "'Fuck'-ing Around"

Joan Acocella has written an essay about fuck books ("'Fuck'--ing Around," The New York Review of Books, 2/9/17). Not an essay about fucking, mind you, but about the word "fuck." The two books under consideration are What the F: What...Show More Summary

12 Excellent Reads For February

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8 Creatures From Literature Who Can Teach Us Humans A Thing Or Two

There are so many different components behind the makings of a brilliant book, plot and characterization being two key factors! Nearly always, we find that the protagonist of a story is a human being, either male or female. But whatShow More Summary

Beyond Benghazi: How The U.S. Embassy Helped Stave Off Disaster In Liberia

We’re beyond ironic. After years of grandstanding and bashing the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton for security and response lapses implicated in the death of a U.S. Ambassador and others in Benghazi, the Republicans are obviously willing to make embassy security a crass political bargaining chip. Show More Summary

Turning To Harry Potter During The Trump Regime

George Orwell’s 1984 has garnered a lot of attention this past week for quickly becoming one of Amazon’s best-selling books. Other notable titles on the list include Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and the novel It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Show More Summary

Joshua Kurlantzick On Books And Writing

Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank. This interview has been edited lightly and condensed. You've recently published "A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a...Show More Summary

Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday

In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air at Walden had been really, really health-giving" Henry David Thoreau would be turning...Show More Summary

Top 3 Tips to Transform Your Aspirations Into Achievements

So you want to take the risk of shaking up your life, or even just resurrecting "the old stuff" with a unique and fresh perspective. If you're anything like me, you know the New Year is the perfect time to try. But maybe you don't have the remotest idea of where to begin. Show More Summary

"Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief": Book Review

How does one make sense of the most unnatural thing possible? The pain of some tragedies is ineffable. Words offer little solace to those who have lost a child (or other loved ones traumatically, suddenly). Dr. Joanne Cacciatore's "Bearing...Show More Summary

30+ Things Authors can Share on Social Media

Even if you've already figured out which social networks are driving traffic to your book and/or website, like many people, you may have a tough time deciding what exactly to share on social media. Here are 34 fun ideas for you to consider...Show More Summary

10 Series That Will Get You Hooked

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Take Action to Step Outside Our Bubbles – And Grow Good Kids

Among the big lessons the U.S. election of 2016 taught the world, it’s that Americans don’t understand each other. Polls and pundits hadn’t figured out what was under our noses all along: that we have been living in separate bubbles,...Show More Summary

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