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Bulldozing the Peace Process in Israel

David Shulman, New York Review of Books: What has brought about this move toward mass demolitions and dispossession of Palestinian communities in Jerusalem and the occupied territories? Simply put: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers think they can now get away with a campaign of slow ethnic cleansing. Show More Summary

'Gained in Translation'

At The New York Review of Books' NYR Daily Tim Parks writes about what's Gained in Translation -- and observes: Translators are people who read books for us. Tolstoy wrote in Russian, so someone must read him for us and then write down...Show More Summary

The Progressive View of Presidential Leadership in Claremont Trumpism

The current issue of The New York Review of Books (December 21, 2017) has an article by Jacob Heilbrunn on "Donald Trump's Brains" that identifies the Straussian conservatives associated with the Claremont Institute as the intellectuals with the most influence in the Trump administration. Show More Summary

Why Did The New York Times Omit These Books From Its Best 100 List?

Always a mystery. Sure, sure, some of the books were only (we are being sarcastic here) reviewed by daily book critics, not in the New York Times Book Review, but seriously, NYT, WYD?

100 Notable Books of 2017

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Let Them Buy Cake

The fact that a business’s products may be expressive does not give it the right to discriminate. This piece originally appeared at The New York Review of Books.  When David Mullins and Charlie Craig walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop,...Show More Summary

‘Struggle for basic rights within binational state has begun and we will win’ –Shulman in ‘NYRB’

In an important new piece in the New York Review of Books, David Shulman says that the "heroic myth" of Israel as a savior of the Jews has been eclipsed by an awareness of the "terrible violence" inflicted on Palestinians and the need to give equal rights to all between the river and the sea. Show More Summary

Will Women Save Us From Donald Trump?

In the New York Review of Books, Judith Shulevitz rounds up some of the current research on the resistance: The Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol [studied] counties that went for Trump in four states that went for Trump: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Skocpol says she was startled to find so many flourishing anti-Trump […]

In Case You Didn’t Buy the ‘New York Times’ Yesterday: New Military Histories

The  Sunday New York Times Book Review ran my semi-annual survey of new books on military history.

Radhika Jones Set To Succeed Grayson Carter As Editor Of Vanity Fair

Jones is currently the editorial director of the books department at The New York Times and has worked at Time and The Paris Review as well. "Her deep familiarity with celebrity, journalism, art and publishing were probably big draws for Condé Nast, whose editors are often expected to mingle among influential people in the disparate […]

Year One: It’s Up to Us

In the end, the most important guardian of liberty is an engaged citizenry. This piece originally appeared in the New York Review of Books. One year after his highly improbable election, President Donald Trump woke up this morning to...Show More Summary

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's novel 'Heather, the Totality' is a little bit, well, mad

Matthew Weiner, creator of 'Mad Men,' has written a first novel, set in New York City, that's a psychological thriller. A 3-star book review.        

Matt Taibbi’s powerful new book, 'I Can't Breathe,' shows why Eric Garner mattered

Author Matt Taibbi looks at the complexity of the Eric Garner 'I Can't Breathe' case in New York and restores Garner's humanity. A 4-star book review.        

Jane Juska, The Woman Whose New York Review Of Books Personal Ad Birthed A Book About Sex For Older Women, Has Died At 84

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The book, A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, came from a rather literary place: It "grew out of a personal ad Juska placed in the New York Review of Books in 1999. Inspired by an Eric Rohmer film, Autumn Tale, it read: 'Before I turn 67 – next March – I […]

Blood Dark review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Louis Guilloux's 1935 classic, Blood Dark, just out in a new translation, from New York Review Books. This was actually almost immediately translated -- a widely-reviewed...Show More Summary

Shorties (Marilynne Robinson on the Importance of the Humanities, Robert Christgau on Cover Albums, and more)

The New York Review of Books features a new essay by Marilynne Robinson about the importance of the humanities. Robert Christgau reviewed recently released cover albums at Noisey. The shortlist for the 2017 T S Eliot prize for poetry has...

The Outmoded Views and Unexpected Emotions of “Other Men’s Daughters”

Rumaan Alam on Richard G. Stern’s 1973 novel “Other Men’s Daughters,” which has been reissued by New York Book Review.

When the Grownups Are the Generals

New York Review of Books: “After the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s incendiary comments about it, the leaders of America’s five military services—that is, the individual members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—published statements condemning racist hatred. They had [...]

The Book Review Podcast: Ron Chernow on ‘Grant’

Chernow talks about his new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, and Mike Wallace discusses “Greater Gotham: A History of New York City From 1898 to 1919.”

Thursday assorted links

1. Behavioral economics should be most important for education. 2. The New York Review of Books discovers the Israeli TV show Srugim. 3. Trust within the diamond trade is eroding. 4. Artisanal vegemite. 5. Toward a public choice theory of the Screen Actors Guild.  Union much?  Have they said anything at all? 6. Show More Summary

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