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Trump Is Violating the Constitution

The president is supposed to serve the American people, not himself. This piece originally appeared in the February 23 issue of The New York Review of Books.  When Barack Obama became the forty-fourth president of the United States in...Show More Summary

New York Times’ on Palestinians sounds like it’s opining about ‘Negro Problem’

The New York Times sounds like a newspaper opining about the Negro Problem in the 1950s, says Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books, in its pieties about Israeli choices re Palestinians. And Tom Friedman is even worse.

NYRB Winter Sale

From now until February 28th, you can grab New York Review of Books Classics titles at a steep discount. The post NYRB Winter Sale appeared first on The Millions.

Bill Black: New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin Tries to Make Hank Paulson a Hero

As part of reviewing Obama's legacy, Bill Black eviscerates how Sorkin's book tried to exhonorate Hank Paulson for his crisis performance.

The Life Cycle of a Sidney Blumenthal Smear

Birth From “ A Short History of the Trump Family,” written by Sidney Blumenthal (yes, that Sidney Blumenthal), published today by the London Review of Books : In 1969, Fred Trump plotted to run for mayor of New York against John Lindsay, a silk-stocking liberal Republican. Show More Summary

The Ninth Circuit Reminds President Trump That There Are Limits to His Executive Power

The judiciary's response to Donald Trump's travel ban has been a remarkable and unambiguous defeat for the president. This piece originally appeared at The New York Review of Books.  The unanimous decision on Thursday by the Ninth Circuit...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Insomniac City’ Recalls Life With Oliver Sacks

This memoir by Bill Hayes, Sacks’s partner, is a loving tribute not only to him but also to New York, providing insights into both.

Shorties (Chris Ware on Krazy Kat, John Darnielle Interviewed about His New Novel, and more)

Chris Ware on George Herriman's Krazy Kat comics at the New York Review of Books. Mother Jones interviewed John Darnielle about his new novel Universal Harvester. Darnielle talked books with the Globe and Mail. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:...

Pornosophy: Joan Acocella's "'Fuck'-ing Around"

Joan Acocella has written an essay about fuck books ("'Fuck'--ing Around," The New York Review of Books, 2/9/17). Not an essay about fucking, mind you, but about the word "fuck." The two books under consideration are What the F: What...Show More Summary

Delta Coach Review: New York to Barcelona [JFK-BCN]

After booking our flights on Delta, what did I think of flying for 7 hours in coach? Find out with this Delta coach review! The post Delta Coach Review: New York to Barcelona [JFK-BCN] appeared first on Running with Miles.

Book Review: The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

A few years back, Frank Caiafa was hired for a daunting job: Run the lobby bar at the New York Waldorf Astoria, an icon of cocktailing with over a century of history in its walls and bartops. For the last… Continue reading ?

Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday

In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air at Walden had been really, really health-giving" Henry David Thoreau would be turning...Show More Summary

The New York Times just killed its graphic novel bestseller lists — and authors aren’t happy

WE ARE gathered here today to mourn a trusted ol’ friend and weekly visitor: the New York Times’s graphic book bestseller lists. The Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul confirmed that the paper will discontinue a number of its lists, including Hardcover Graphic Novel, Paperback Graphic Novel and Manga, effective Feb. 5. The sense of loss […]

No way to curse in Japanese?

John Berenberg writes: An article by Joan Acocella in the February 9, 2017 issue of The New York Review of Books makes a 'no word for X' claim about Japanese and goes even further by quoting a native speaker who happily reports that learning to swear in English and Spanish allows him to say things […]

2016 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

Each year, the New York Times’ list of notable books of 2016 brings to mind some of my favorite books we reviewed here in 2016. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2016: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   Boy, did I devour My Life...Show More Summary

Obama book Q & A

American president Obama has been giving any number of exit-interviews, and now there's also an agreeably bookish one with The New York Times' book reviewer Michiko Kakutani. They wrote this up in article form, but of course the Q &Show More Summary

THE BENEVOLENCE OF RAY AND JOAN KROC (Book review)

Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, by Lisa Napoli (Dutton, New York, NY, 2016, 353 pages). Book Review by Dennis Moore Virtually everyone in the world has had and tasted a McDonald’s hamburger at some time or another. In my case I have [...]Show More Summary

Coetzee on Zama

In The New York Review of Books J.M.Coetzee reviews Antonio Di Benedetto's Zama -- in a review titled: A Great Writer We Should Know. Quite the endorsement -- so maybe check it out, if you haven't already.

The New York Times Brings Its Best Poetry Round-up

David Orr contributes his best of the year list to NYT’s Book Review section. Orr writes: In accordance with New York Times policy, this list contains no relatives, close friends, students, colleagues and so forth (which means that I can’t include Maureen N. McLane’s wily “Mz N: The Serial”; James Richardson’s gently arresting “During”; or […]

The Right Idea: An Illuminating Essay

2 months agoArts : Straight Up

The editors of The New York Times Book Review asked “some notably avid readers — who also happen to be poets, musicians, diplomats, filmmakers, novelists, actors, and artists –” to name the books they read this year. About 50 answered the call, listing what must be several hundred titles. I noticed that not one of […]

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