Computer-generated texts, working on trains, avoiding your book club, how critics fail writers of color and more.
Novelist Ann Bauer ponders the challenge of writing endings: “We want a novel to swell with a sense of limitless possibility at the start and in the middle,” wrote the book critic Laura Miller in a 2011 article on Salon. “But we also want it to zero in to a point of inevitability as it […]
Children in our culture are a little like religion. You're not supposed to question or criticize. So when I wrote a book called "The Reluctant Father" about my experience as a first-time dad, I expected a horde of enraged villagers to...Show More Summary
“Life is all we have, but is it any good?” asks ultimate critic Forrest MacNeil in Comedy Central’s appealingly hilarious new series, “Review.” Instead of reviewing books, movies or — yeesh — TV shows, MacNeil (played by Andy Daly, with perfect deadpan seriousness) takes suggestions from his viewers about what life experience he should tackle next. Show More Summary
Since Misty Copeland joined the American Ballet Theater corps de ballet in 2001, she's become not only a critically acclaimed classical artiste but also a commercial juggernaut. Between corporate partnerships (Diet Dr. Pepper, Coach, Under Armour), side projects like a dancewear line, and pop crossovers like dancing for Prince, she's... More »
Wall Street may be interested in the new art show and book titled "Infinity Is The Enemy" by artist t.Rutt. The show is inspired by a criticism of the foundations of mathematical finance. One of the main symbols of the exhibit is a toilet...Show More Summary
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen will be at Politics and Prose on March 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss their new book, THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK. [ more › ]
Among all the awards for best novel, best nonfiction, best children’s book, best Western, best mystery, best lesbian erotica, etc., one prize stands apart for its unapologetic intellectuality: the Criticism prize from the National Book Critics Circle. While a book such as Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” might show up on half a dozen prize lists, […]
In the latest video from the Zealot author, he considers the negative response to his book as well as claims that he cherry-picked his research: Readers have contributed their own criticisms as well. One warns that Zealot is riddled with historical inaccuracies, quoting from one of Christianity scholar Bart Ehrman’s many posts challenging the book: Aslan maintains that the […]
Some movies and books aimed at kids mute their religious messages to lure mainstream audiences, but the new "Son of God" is going big with its Christian themes. Will the new movie be able to win over family audiences, despite critical pans?
Also: More than 120 academic papers turn out to be fakes; the Israeli Embassy donates 300 books on Anne Frank to Tokyo public; Colson Whitehead talks to The New York Times about writing spaces.
Jacob Heilbrunn John Judis, whose new book Genesis is critically and soberly reviewed by the eminent historian Bernard Wasserstein in the new National Interest, has been coming under fire from a number of conservative outlets for allegedly displaying hostility toward Israel. Show More Summary
Editor's note: Mary Sollosi is one of six recipients of the Sundance Institute's Roger Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism for 2014. The scholarship meant she participated in the Indiewire | Sundance Institute Fellowship for Film Criticism,...Show More Summary
In 2012, 79.8 percent of the authors of books chosen for review in the New York Review of Books—and the critics tapped to review them—were men. “We certainly hope to publish more women writers,” editor Robert Silvers insisted last year. Show More Summary
In a review of Brilliant Blunders, a new book that chronicles famous mistakes in scientific history, Freeman Dyson revisits a critical period for the theory of evolution. He turns his attention to Gregor Mendel, the Austrian monk whose theory of inheritance would have made a powerful complement to Darwin’s groundbreaking ideas, had Darwin known about […]
At all? Any? Just one? President Obama hired a Secretary of State who had no relevant experience for the job because he wanted to avoid criticism from her – or even a 2012 challenge – and because he read in a book that Lincoln surrounded himself with rivals. Then he... -
For some reason, New York Times book critic Janet Maslin weighed in on the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow sex abuse allegations during a panel on Thursday night. Maslin brought up Allen's "private life" during a talk about the Academy Awards...Show More Summary
Official Author Website Order “Honor's Knight” HERE Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of "The Spirit Thief" Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of “The Spirit Rebellion” Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of “The Spirit Eater” & “Spirit’s...Show More Summary
Because sometimes sausages have baby poo in them, check out today's end-of-day links: Kurt Cobain crying statue, SNL goodbye to Seth Meyers, NY Times book critic weighs in on Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen, Rupert Murdoch's bachelor pad, and husky puppy. Show More Summary
During a panel discussion in Pleasantville, New York, last night, Times book critic Janet Maslin described Dylan Farrow's open letter, published earlier this month by columnist Nick Kristof in his usual space, as an "outrageous use of an op-ed column." Gawker reports that Maslin also claims that Farrow only "[called] attention... More »