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THE WORST POLITICAL CLASS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, TO COIN AN INSTA-PHRASE: A Jihad Apologist at the Hel…

THE WORST POLITICAL CLASS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, TO COIN AN INSTA-PHRASE: A Jihad Apologist at the Helm of the New York Review of Books.

Reviews of Clinton’s memoir were deleted for violating company guidelines, Amazon says

last weekArts : Art Beat

Copies of Hilary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” line shelves before she arrives for a book signing in Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York. Photo by REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Mega-retailer Amazon has come under scrutiny for deleting...Show More Summary

Whew! Qsuites Booked from New York to Doha

When I took advantage of the incredible $672 Qatar Airways business class fare in July, I had a strategic choice to make. My outbound is next month and my return is in January. For review purposes, I like daytime flights. But I alsoShow More Summary

New York clowns to protest IT over drop in business, a move that cannot possibly backfire

It has done gangbusters at the box office and has garnered excellent reviews. Unfortunately, It might be affecting the lives and pocket books of actual clowns. John Nelson, a professional clown and co-runner of Clowns in Town, told New York City's NBC 4 that the film has led to a number of birthday party cancellations in recent months. Show More Summary

Ian Buruma Talks About Launching A New Era At The New York Review Of Books

"Some shoes are harder to fill than others. Robert Silvers.. ran the left-leaning intellectual magazine with single-minded fervor from the time he co-founded it in 1963 until he died at 87 in March. His shoes may as well be Shaquille O'Neal's." But Buruma is up for the challenge, and, as he tells John Williams, […]

Shorties (Hillary Clinton on Her New Memoir, A Reconsideration of Dirty Projectors' Rise Above Album, and more)

Hillary Clinton discussed her memoir What Happened with NPR Books. The New York Times reviewed the book. Stereogum reconsidered Dirty Projectors' Rise Above album on its 10th anniversary. Newtown Literary interviewed author David Burr Gerard. Aaron Gilbreath discussed his book...

Ian Buruma/NYRB profile

Murder in Amsterdam (etc.)-author Ian Buruma was recently named the new editor of The New York Review of Books, succeeding Robert Silvers, and in The New York Times John Williams profiles him and the transition, in Ian Buruma on a New...Show More Summary

Books News: Ian Buruma on a New Era at The New York Review of Books

Buruma has officially begun his tenure at the intellectual magazine, taking over from Robert Silvers, who died in March after having edited it since 1963.

'Glossing Africa'

An interesting piece at The New York Review of Books' NYRDaily weblog, as Namwali Serpell writes about Glossing Africa, noting that: Whenever African writers are on a panel together, we are asked about the continent as a whole -- its...Show More Summary

“Will Be Familiar to Many Readers”

Michiko Kakutani announced late last month that she was leaving the New York Times. In her 34 years as a book reviewer for the paper, pointing out her clichés became something of a cliché itself. Ben Yagoda wrote in Slate, in 2006, that Kakutani appeared “incapable of engaging with language,” her own or others’. Show More Summary

Months After Book Is Discredited, NYT Praises Shoddy Anti-Conservative Scholarship

Unprofessional all around: The decision by the New York Times Sunday Book Review to publish a laudatory notice of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. At this point, the grievous flaws...Show More Summary

Review: Aeromexico Business Class 787-9

Aeromexico “Clase Premier” Boeing 787-9 from New York to Mexico City Back in early August, Smiles, the frequent flyer program of GOL, an airline based in Brazil, was offering triple miles on select hotel stays when booked directly through Smiles.  Persuaded by an incorrect award chart, I decided to book a two-night stay at the Le […]

Boris Kachka on Michiko Kakutani

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Michiko Kakutani has given up her book reviewing gig at The New York Times, and at New York's Intelligencer Boris Kachka now looks at What the Departure of the Times' Michiko Kakutani Means for Books Coverage (and some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on that might have played a role in her departure).

A new edition of Daniel Pinkwater's happy mutant kids' classic, "Lizard Music"

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Back in 2011, The New York Review of Books inducted Daniel Pinkwater's classic Lizard Music into its canon with a handsome little hardcover edition; today they follow that up with a stylish, jazzy paperback, priced to move at $10. (more…)

Critics for The New York Times on Sam Shepard’s Plays, Books and Movies

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Excerpts from reviews of theater, book and film works by Mr. Shepard, who is dead at age 73.

The End of an Era

“[I]n the world of letters, it is hard to imagine a more seismic change than this one.” The New York Times announces that its longtime book critic Michiko Kakutani is stepping down after nearly four decades of reviews. The Times also...Show More Summary

Shorties (Essential Michiko Kakutani Reading, An Interview with Gillian Welch, and more)

The New York Times shared a collection of reviews and essays by Michiko Kakutani, who is stepping down for her post as a book reviewer. Stereogum interviewed singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. The JDO Show podcast interviewed author Elle Nash. Aldous Harding...

Michiko Kakutani, Times’s Feared and Revered Book Critic, Is Stepping Down

Ms. Kakutani has reviewed books at The New York Times since 1983 and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. The paper named Parul Sehgal one of its book critics.

Michiko Kakutani Ends Her Reign as The New York Times’ Chief Book Critic

The Michiko Kakutani book review is an institution unto itself, one that has now come to an end as The New York Times chief book critic steps down from her role after 38 years at the Times, 34 of which have been spent writing about the work of basically every author in the contemporary Western...

Not Everyone Is a Fan of Russian Literature

The one genre I absolutely cannot stand is Russian literature. You need genealogy charts to just figure out the characters, every novel is a thousand pages and pretty much everyone dies.Jodi Picoult, The New York Times Book Review, October 12, 2014

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