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After the Storm

Ten years after hurricane Katrina, Fatima Shaik reflects on freedom of expression, gentrification, and the state of education in New Orleans. You could also check out Gary Rivlin’s Katrina: After the Flood, featured in our 2015 nonfiction preview.


< 1 minute agoEntertainment / Books : The Millions

Just before he died earlier this year, Nobel winner Günter Grass completed his last manuscript, Vonne Endlichkait, “a literary experiment” that combines prose, poetry, and illustration. The book has just been published in German and will be available in English next year.

Bookends: Is Everyone Qualified to Be a Critic?

Adam Kirsch and Charles McGrath discuss what it takes to pass judgment on the arts.

Robert Rodriguez, Film Director and El Rey Founder, on Creating a Hispanic Network

17 minutes agoEntertainment / Books : Paper Cuts

"People could enjoy these stories all over the world, but Hispanics could see themselves reflected in different ways — as heroes, as lead characters."

Books of The Times: Review: Chrissie Hynde’s ‘Reckless’ Details a Rocker’s Life

Ms. Hynde’s memoir is full of facts and anecdotes, but is also noteworthy for what it leaves out.

Amazon's Best Books of September: Part One

As the poet never said, September is the busiest month. Maybe it’s the back to school effect, but every fall we see an abundance of great books to read. Here are the first five titles in our Best of the...

A Bad Book Review Isn't the End of the World

"Writers, fall into two groups" said Isaac Asimov, acclaimed science fiction author. "Those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review." Sound like anyone you know? Yes, been there too, but it's not all bad. Show More Summary

Goodbye to Naples

Recommended Reading: Year in Reading alumna Elissa Schappell interviews Elena Ferrante about feminism, friendship, and her latest Neapolitan novel. Pair with Cora Currier’s essay on reading Italy through Ferrante’s books.

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Make Me,’ Lee Child Adds Another Layer to Jack Reacher

The 20th installment of Mr. Child’s Reacher series presents a gutsy new challenge for its hero, and offers a faint indication that something about him may change.

The Idealistic Hero

“What is missing from Testimony is the customary idealistic hero, the one last encountered in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass who doesn’t avert his eyes from suffering and sordidness, but who nevertheless is full of hope for a better future. Testimony is a corrective, an anti-epic.” Charles Simi? recounts Charles Reznikoff’s long poem Testimony: The […]

The Rich Employee

One of my best friends from 8th grade invested $25,000 in Uber's first round. That $25,000 is now worth $50,000,000. I can say, "I wish that were me!" but I don't deserve it. He spent his 20s building his network in Silicon Valley so he would have this opportunity today. Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Ferrante; Clegg; Meno; Salesses; Jaffe; Franzen

Out this week: The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante; Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg; Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno; The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses; Dryland by Sara Jaffe; and Purity by Jonathan Franzen. For more on these and other new titles, check out our Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview. […]

HaBO: Big Misunderstanding at a Seaside Picnic

Welcome to Tuesday, better known here as HaBO Day! HaBO, or “Help a Bitch Out,” is our attempt to reunite readers with romances that they can remember parts of, but not the important parts like the author’s name or the title. This HaBO...Show More Summary

The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses

Scott Onak reviews The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses today in Rumpus Books.

Book Review: Minute Zero

Minute Zero by Todd Moss is a diplomatic thriller set in Zimbabwe. Protagonist Judd Ryker, head of a special unit within the U.S. Department of State, is sent to the troubled country just before a presidential election. An authoritarian is being challenged in his quest to continue in power. In addition, it appears that U.S. Show More Summary

A Woman's Right at Risk: An Exchange With Katha Pollitt

Yesterday we published a review, which first appeared in the new online publication The National Book Review, by Dorothy Samuels of Katha Pollitt's PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. What follows is a Q&A Samuels conducted with Pollitt to mark the release of PRO in paperback. Samuels: First, Katha, congratulations on PRO's arrival in paperback. Show More Summary

Back at It

Yesterday marked the start of my third semester of grad school. In January, nearly ten years after I finished my undergrad degree, I dove headfirst into a professional writing program. I’m learning lots of cool stuff – developing grants, web … Continue reading ?

Talking Sex to the Kids

How to tell your children about sex Narramore 1958 In another throwback to the 50s, we have a talking to your kids about sex aimed at Christian parents. Not the worst I’ve seen, but seriously dated. The general advice is pretty sound: answer questions as they come up and don’t get fearful or defensive. This […]

Acclaimed Authors Tell It Like It Is

Over the years, I've had the good fortune to interview many acclaimed authors. They answer questions with refreshing candor. Here are some of the most successful writers telling it like it is. You left your day job to write full-time. Show More Summary

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