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The Mesmerizing Effect Of Haruki Murakami On Readers

12 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"At this late stage — Murakami is 68 — critical reception has ceased to matter to Murakami’s international audience. In Japan his books are greeted with Harry Potter–like rabidity, and in the U.S. initial print runs are in the hundreds of thousands. Cribbing a remark John Irving once made to him in an interview, Murakami […]

Here are the 5 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read this summer

In case you run out of crime thrillers or romance novels, Bill Gates has some other beach reads you might find interesting. The 24 best Netflix original shows of all time, according to critics We tried the doughnut shop that has Super...Show More Summary

Books: A dancer, a thriller, the birth of a museum and more

Welcome to books this week! I’m Los Angeles Times Books Editor Carolyn Kellogg with the news of what we’ve got for you, and more. THE BIG ESSAY Back when David Kipen — now one of our critics at large — was director of literature at the NEA, he met a man with a crazy idea: a museum dedicated to...

First Reviews of 'Wonder Woman' Are In: Is it the Best DC Movie Yet?

The first reviews for "Wonder Woman" are out of this world, with critics declaring it the best DC comic book movie yet. They're also comparing Gal Gadot's Amazon warrior to Christopher Reeve's iconic Superman. Of course, being better than the critically reviled "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" is pretty damn easy. Show More Summary

8 New Books We Recommend This Week

4 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

Jean Fritz, Author Of Popular History Books For Children, Dead At 101

"Hallmarks of her work, critics agreed, included her fleet, engaging prose and prodigious archival research.... What was more, where children's biographies of an earlier age inclined toward unalloyed veneration, Mrs. Fritz's were warts-and-all portraits of the often flawed men and women who left their impress on the world - and the resulting books were […]

Rob Sheffield’s Dreaming the Beatles Is a Love Letter to the Fab Four

6 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

The music writer's latest is a chronicle of lifelong fandom by Ned Lannamann Music writer Rob Sheffield has always willfully ignored the line between critic and fanatic, and his books serve as breaths of fresh air in the otherwise stuffy world of rock-dude pontificating. Show More Summary

Books of The Times: ‘Shake It Up’ Aims to Put Rock Writing in the Pantheon

This collection of rock criticism includes thoughts on hazing, lyrics, death and so much more.

Literary Critics in England Versus the U.S.

Book reviewing in England is and always has been somewhat differently arranged than in the United States. Most often, in the United States, writers review one another's books and there is some sense of generosity born of shared time in the novel-writing trenches. Show More Summary

Samantha Bee takes down Ivanka Trump’s ‘Women Who Work’ book

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Television host Samantha Bee criticized first daughter Ivanka Trump’s new book titled “Women Who Work: Redefining the Rules for Success” on the Wednesday episode of her TBS show “Full Frontal.” During her introductory monologue, the former “Daily Show” corresspondent shredded the...

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #83: Lauren Grodstein

After writing several books (A Friend of the Family, The Explanation for Everything) from a male point of view, Lauren Grodstein’s new novel, Our Short History, is an intimate glimpse into a woman’s life, at a critical juncture between life and death.

At Critical Flame, Raquel Salas Rivera & Annie Won in Conversation

After Raquel Salas Rivera’s reading at Unnameable Books, she joined poet Annie Won for a conversation at Critical Flame about bilingual poetry and Rivera’s “politics of identity as a queer Boricua poet whose home country is Puerto Rico, but has since resided in the U.S.,” in Won’s words. We’ll begin with Rivera’s response to Won’s […]

My World Of Flops: The spy who disappointed me case file #85: The Brothers Grimsby

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following. With his pioneering work onShow More Summary

Delusional Gore Claims Media Rarely ‘Connect the Dots’ on Climate Change

Using a tired line he’s been recycling since at least 2003, former vice president Al Gore criticized the media’s coverage of climate change — for not blaming it enough. "Every night on the news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation," Al Gore said on May 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Show More Summary

The Honest Trailer for Fifty Shades Darker Is Here to Remind You That the Book Is Even More Ridiculous

Critics were not kind to Fifty Shades Darker, the James Foley-directed adaptation of the Book 2 in E.L. James’ BDSM-lite series. But the good people over at Screen Junkies, at least, recognize the film’s inherent comedic value, and it’s...Show More Summary

Spongebob FCBD Story Includes Biting Comics Industry Criticism

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and sends up Free Comic Book Day? SpongeBob Squarepants! The post Spongebob FCBD Story Includes Biting Comics Industry Criticism appeared first on CBR.

Lisa Bloom Slams ‘Lack of Authenticity’ in Ivanka Trump’s #WomenWhoWork Book

2 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

High-powered attorney and women's rights crusader Lisa Bloom is the latest person to criticize Ivanka Trump's new #WomenWhoWork book and branding.

Journos Lambaste Ivanka Trump and New Book: ‘Rachel Dolezal of Feminism’

Ivanka Trump’s new book – Women Who Work – came out on May 2, and media responses have been virulently critical. The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino labelled the read a “painfully oblivious book for basically no one,” while New York Times’...Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump's new self-help book cites numerous Hillary Clinton supporters as inspiration

Ivanka Trump’s new book quotes more than a dozen Hillary Clinton supporters, including outspoken critics of her father. In addition to passing on Ms Trump's own wisdom, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success cites numerous celebrities...Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump's New Book Draws Criticism

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

The first daughter has released her second book Tuesday and it has drawn negative attention for the portrayal of class bias.

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