At the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Clive James unlocks a new biography of the acclaimed British poet, Philip Larkin. The new biography by James Booth, underscores why Larkin’s writing still matters, despite his somewhat controversial personal life. James Booth’s new biography of Philip Larkin is not very exciting, perhaps because Booth has the [...]
In today’s New York Times Book Review, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison address a familiar question: “How has the social role of poetry changed since Shelley?” (This question is usually posed in more alarmist terms: Can Poetry Matter? Or Has… Continue reading ?
Recommended reading: The New York Review of Books reviews at Richard Davis‘s The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography and the way centuries of politics can alter our interpretations of religious texts.
"Never Can Say Goodbye's" personal musings show a devotion to New York, even as the writers reflect on the reality of being a New Yorker. It’s not always easy.
BY GARTH GREENWELL Disorientation afflicts nearly all of the characters in Shelly Oria’s nimble and disarmingly moving debut collection of stories. Many of them are (like Oria herself) Israeli immigrants in New York City, navigating multiple cultures and languages; others...
Steven Hahn reviewed James McPherson’s new book about Jefferson Davis in yesterday’s New York Times. It includes nothing out of the ordinary from a typical academic review in a popular publication until you reach the very end. I found this to be somewhat curious. Yet, there is a larger and more unsettling issue. Treating Davis […]
Recently, the mister noted that I’ve become somewhat preoccupied with early 1900s “upper-crusty British people,” as he put it. Taking a look at my Netflix viewing and some of my reading, he’s not wrong. Though set in New York, ElisaShow More Summary
I first noticed this in a New York Review of Books report about a month ago. And I've wanted us to do a piece on it since. Put simply, as we in America lost in interest in Ebola, the situation in West Africa was actually improving dramatically. Show More Summary
The latest issue of the New York Review includes a roundup review of three education boooks, including two you probably already know (Goldstein and Green's) and one you may not have heard of. It's Garret Keizer's "Getting Schooled," and it's a year-in-the-life kind of book rather than a history or an overview like the other two. Show More Summary
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, The Waste Books, tr. R. J. Hollingdale, New York Review Books, 1990, p. 112, Notebook G, Aph. #24: To make man as religion wants him to be resembles the undertaking of the Stoics: it is only another...
At The New York Times' 'Times Insider' Susan Lehman has a Book Reviewer Tell-All: Dwight Garner on Reading, Reviewing and Avoiding Blindness with The New York Times' book reviewer. Always of interest to me: how many books other reviewers/outlets...Show More Summary
There are already more speakers of Aramaic in metropolitan Detroit (around a hundred thousand) than in Baghdad… That is from Christian Caryl in the 4 December 2014 New York Review of Books, reviewing Gerald Russell’s Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East.
Can the state of contemporary literature be used to forecast stock prices?
Jed S. Rakoff, New York Review of Books: The criminal justice system in the United States today bears little relationship to what the Founding Fathers contemplated, what the movies and television portray, or what the average American believes. Show More Summary
After reading a good oral history such as NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman, it should feel like you have just hung out with a bunch of people you just met and learned a whole lot from. Punk historical writing has been...Show More Summary
Lisa Robertson’s new book, Cinema of the Present (Coach House Books 2014), which she’s just debuted on a reading tour of sorts through Canada and New York, has been reviewed by Jake Kennedy at Lemon Hound! This review is in that favored form of notes. An excerpt: -“The poem,” said Henri Meschonnic, “is the place [...]
Despite a recent, glorious typo in the New York Times' Sunday Book Review suggesting otherwise, novelist Ann Patchett would like everyone to know that she is not married to, or in any kind of non-platonic relationship with, her dog Sparky. Show More Summary
The New York Review of Books has published an essay by the academic, writer and long time China-watcher Orville Schell. In the essay, Schell details a recent trip to China he attended, with former US President Jimmy Carter, that was meant to commemorate the 35th anniversary of 'normalised relations' between the two countries. Show More Summary
There’s a nice essay on Juan Jose Saer in the current issue of the New York Review of Books, centering on La Grande, Saer’s biggest, and last novel (and probably his best). Unfortunately, the essay is behind the paywall, so you have to subscribe if you want to read it. Show More Summary
EXHIBITION REVIEW: When the Greeks Ruled Egypt (James Romm, New York Review of Books ). Excerpt:Egypt was a melting pot of languages as well as of religious traditions. Aramaic arrived in the sixth century BCE as the lingua franca of...Show More Summary