In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: the legacy of Roland Barthes.
Robert Wright, whose book “Why Buddhism Is True” is a best seller, has been a spiritual seeker for a long time.
A writer finds commercial success in Scott Spencer’s novel “River Under the Road,” but at what cost to his self-esteem and his marriage?
In Christopher Bollen’s new literary thriller, “The Destroyers,” a young playboy vanishes on the Greek island of Patmos.
Artists, authors, performers and others stepped down from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities after Mr. Trump’s remarks about white nationalists.
The sun goes dark, Trump faces fallout, and Taylor Swift gets a win in this week's rundown of the books behind the headlines.
Agosín’s poems, though quiet and seemingly simple, linger with an interior elasticity that does not break.
About halfway through the 19 th century, a fundamental change occurred in the relationship between people and cities. For the previous 5,000-odd years, cities had served as totems of human memory and achievement. Construction of a single building, like the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, could unfold over 10 generations. Show More Summary
The Chinese authorities had ordered the publishing house to censor more than 300 articles related to sensitive issues or its site risked being shut down.
My Dream is Yours Asquith 1973 Another romantic tale for your Friday Fiction. Flip (yes, that is her name-short for “Phillipa”) grew up as an orphan and doesn’t seem to have the pedigree that is what one would call “impressive”. Michael, Flip’s intended, wants to make a good impression. Show More Summary
Poetry is not the only genre that requires resident apologists, but poetry's form and function inherently require defense. Simply put, prose is our default mode. Poetry is a process of selection, of white space and rhythm. If prose is prayer, poetry is hymn. The post Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder appeared first on The Millions.
In three new thrillers the search is on: for a missing best friend, a possibly dead mom and a really angry stalker.
In his latest book, the philosopher Aaron James finds profound meaning in his favorite pastime.
Yuri Slezkine’s “The House of Government” tells the story of Bolshevik elites who became targets of their own terror.
The protagonists of two summer novels, by Nina George and Hannah Tunnicliffe, discover the lives they really want in the French region of Brittany.
Svetlana Alexievich’s “The Unwomanly Face of War” collects memories of the Russian women who fought against Hitler.
Readers respond to the single genre issues, Allen Ginsberg and more.
First, a note: this is more of a review of the series, but the books therein need to be read in order so I shall start here. Second, I will avoid spoilers as much as possible, focusing mostly on what I like, what I find bothersome, and whether I recommend the book and the series. Show More Summary
I interview author Santino Hassell about his new series with Berkley, starting with Illegal Contact, which just went on sale on August 15th. We discuss his inspiration for football romance since he’s a baseball fan, and we talk about his being one of few men writing romance. Show More Summary
His rich baritone has been called the voice of choice for more than 1,300 pieces of literature, including “Crime and Punishment,” “The Corrections” and plenty of Stephen King.