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ESSAY: We are in a "Camus Moment" -- but What Can the Great French-Algerian Author Teach Us About the World Today?

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: By Madeleine Dobie Last month marked the 70th anniversary of Albert Camus's one and only visit to New York City, an occasion marked by a month-long program of concerts, lectures, and readings organized by the Camus estate. Show More Summary

Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: ‘The Romanovs’

Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses his new history of the Romanovs, and Laura Miller talks about new audiobooks of childhood favorites.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Sweetbitter,’ a ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ for the Restaurant Set

Stephanie Danler’s first novel is about a young woman who falls deeply into her work in New York City’s restaurant world.

Trump and the Triumph of Pabulum: Why?

In the May 12-May 25, 2016 issue of The New York Review of Books Jeremy Bernstein has a most interesting article entitled "The Trump Bomb" in which he shows how clueless and ignorant Donald Trump is about foreign policy. He mostly refers...Show More Summary

The Widow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Georges Simenon's 1942 novel, The Widow -- one of his darker, non-Maigret titles, which New York Review Books re-issued a couple of years ago This was made into a film in...Show More Summary

Duckworth Panned, Grit Roasted, KIPP Cooked

New York Times reviewer, Judith Shulevitz, concludes a negative review of Angela Duckworth's new book with this: You can’t blame Duckworth for how people apply her ideas, but she’s not shy about reducing them to nostrums that may trickle down in problematic ways. Show More Summary

Why Parag Khanna's "Connectivity" Doesn't Quite Connect

This review appeared first in The New York Journal of Books. Donald Trump must be punching himself for not locking up the rights to the title of Parag Khanna's second book in the trilogy that Connectography now completes. Khanna's previous tome carried the truly Trumpian title: How to Run the World. Show More Summary

Mini Review: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

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Book Description: Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review: Celebrating 10 Years

On this special episode of the podcast, Pamela Paul, Sam Tanenhaus, Dwight Garner and Gary Shteyngart discuss the history of the show, which started in 2006.

How Literature Became Word Perfect

“As if being 1984 weren’t enough.” Thomas Pynchon, writing in The New York Times Book Review, marked the unnerving year with an honest question about seemingly dystopian technology: “Is It OK to Be a Luddite?” The Association of American Publishers records that by 1984, between 40 and 50 percent of American authors were using word processors. Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: ‘Listen, Liberal’

Thomas Frank talks about “Listen, Liberal,” and Lydia Millet discusses her new novel, “Sweet Lamb of Heaven.”

Book Review: Under The Big Black Sun opens up L.A.’s punk-rock underbelly

Forty years would seem to be plenty of time to canvass and document the history of punk rock, but as is the case with any genre, there are always some narrative holes that need filling. New York City and London dominate much of the discussion...Show More Summary

“The Migrant is Not A Metaphor”

Over at The New York Times, Year in Reading alum Parul Sehgal reviews two books about migration, A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee and The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota. The post “The Migrant is Not A Metaphor” appeared first on The Millions.

Two Things I Learned About Michael Kinsley

The New York Times published a review today of Kinsley’s latest book, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide. Reading attentively, I learned at least two things about him.First, he’s an off-the-charts genius whose intellect simply can’t be compared yours or mine. Show More Summary

Adonis on Syrian Conflict at NYRB: ‘A Writer Can Never Be on the Side of Killing’

The New York Review of Books hosts a thought-provoking interview with Syrian-born, Paris-based poet, translator, editor, and theorist Adonis. In addition to his views on the failure of the Arab Spring, Adonis elaborates on his thoughts regarding the west and the role of poetry during times of crisis. Jonathan Guyer: At the beginning of the […]

Literary Pulitzers Go To Books That Had Been Overlooked (Until Now)

For instance, “literary types spent most of the fall arguing about A Little Life in the pages of various literary reviews [while] neither the London Review of Books nor the New York Review of Books has touched” this year’s fiction winner. (They will now.)

Links & Reviews

- The 2016 iteration of Rare Book Week New York is in the books. As usual, there were great things to be had at each of the fairs, and it was lovely to see so many friends (as well as so many good books). Jonathan Kearns has a roundup of the writeups, and Ian Kahn posted a video booth tour. Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: ‘At the Existentialist Café’

Sarah Bakewell discusses her new book about the existentialists, and Liesl Schillinger talks about a new biography of Blanche Knopf.


At Poets & Writers Michael Taeckens has a Q & A with the editor of The New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul. Not too much background-dirt, unfortunately -- she remains diplomatic about the inner workings -- but folks always seem eager for any glimpse into the NYTBR.

Profile: Mario Vargas Llosa

In The New York Times David Streitfeld profiles Mario Vargas Llosa on Love, Spectacle and Becoming a Legend. (Seventeen of Vargas Llosa's books are under review at the complete review.)

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