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A provocative article says the Islamic State is a mystery. Here’s why that’s wrong.

In a widely read article in the New York Review of Books, an anonymous former official of a NATO country despairs of a solution to “The Mystery of ISIS.” According to the author, “nothing since the triumph of the Vandals in Roman North Africa has seemed so sudden, incomprehensible, and difficult to reverse as the […]

Black Sparrow Publishes a Complete Edition of Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony

Charles Simic alerts New York Review of Books readers to a complete edition of Charles Reznikoff’s classic, industrial-age epic (or “anti-epic,” as Simic writes) Testimony, newly published by Black Sparrow Press. Simic writes that he has always been a fan of Reznikoff’s sparse, “just the facts” imagism: “…despite the starkness and skimpiness of these narratives […]

Ryan Berg, ‘No House To Call My Home: Love, Family, And Other Transgressions’: Book Review

23 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Ryan Berg begins this account of LGBTQ teens in New York City’s troubled foster care system with statistics that are at once shocking and painfully familiar. “Children placed in foster care are more likely than veterans of war to develop post-traumat… The post Ryan Berg, ‘No House To Call My Home: Love, Family, And Other Transgressions’: Book Review appeared first on Towleroad.

The NYTBR slanders Mario Vargas Llosa ?

Oh, dear. So The New York Times Book Review had Book of Numbers-author Joshua Cohen review Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's new non-fiction title, Notes on the Death of Culture -- an admittedly somewhat thankless task (Mario Vargas...Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review: The History of Autism

Steve Silberman talks about "NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity," and Elisabeth Egan discusses her debut novel, "A Window Opens."

New York Review of Books’ offers Israel as a model to US on targeted killings and detention for terrorists

New York Review of Books calls Israeli policy toward "frequent and intimate" terrorism a model for the U.S., including detention rules and targeted killing procedures.

Solitary Refinement

last weekMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

Susan Salter Reynolds was a columnist and features writer at the Los Angeles Times for 23 years. Before that, she was an assistant editor at the New York Review of Books.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Everybody Rise,’ Stephanie Clifford’s Debut Novel, Features That Old-Money Scent

The well-off heroine of this book wants to join what she considers the most elite social circle in New York.

Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

If you still find it possible to fathom that there was a time before the Internet, you may recall the days when books were either New York Times Bestsellers or not. That was it. But in our modern era, you're likely to read a friend's...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Last Love Song,’ a Biography of Joan Didion

The Didion who emerges here is a frail, angst-ridden outsider and a shrewd Hollywood and New York insider, a vulnerable witness to history and a hardheaded survivor.

“Inspiration and Obsession”

Recommended reading: Joyce Carol Oates writes about “Inspiration and Obsession in Life and Literature” for the New York Review of Books.

The invention of the era of flight

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

David McCullough (Truman, John Adams, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award) recently published a new book on The Wright Brothers. James Salter has a nice review in the New York Review of Books. They knew exactly the importance of what they had accomplished. Show More Summary

Filling Forgotten Niches In The Book World, And Making Money Doing It

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

New York Review Books, the publishing offshoot of the literary magazine The New York Review of Books, has made a specialty of rescuing and reviving all kinds of ignored or forgotten works in English or in translation, fiction and nonfiction, by writers renowned and obscure.”

Henri Duchemin and His Shadows review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Emmanuel Bove's Henri Duchemin and His Shadows, just (about) out from New York Review Books. Always nice to see some more Bove available in English -- a few titles haveShow More Summary

A 'Heavenly Kingdom'?

Writing in the New York Review of Books, an anonymous author with “wide experience in the Middle East and [who] was formerly an official of a NATO country” reviews two new books on ISIS. It’s a long read, but well worth it, not least...Show More Summary

New York Review Books profile

In The New York Times Larry Rohter profiles the publisher, in New York Review Books Fills a Niche by Reviving Forgotten Works. A nice overview of New York Review Books -- best known for its 'Classics' line, which includes a lot of reprints...Show More Summary

New York Review Books Fills a Niche by Reviving Forgotten Works

Founded in 1999, the publishing arm of The New York Review of Books has reissued everything from ancient Chinese poems to a never-released Chekhov story collection to the literary sleeper “Stoner.”

One Man's Defense of The Order: 1886

Tom Bissell is the author of my favorite book on video games, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, which I called “the finest account yet of what it feels like to be a video game player” when I reviewed it in The New York Times. These...Show More Summary

Talking Heads: The Murder of the Young in Mexico

2 weeks agoNews : Vice News

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review's distinguished contributors. In this episode, Alma Guillermoprieto discusses her article...Show More Summary

Krugman Slams Piketty's 'New' Book On Inequality

New York Times Book Review: Thomas Piketty, The Economics of Inequality (Harvard University Press 2015), reviewed by Paul Krugman (Princeton): Let me be blunt: I don’t know how the decision was made to release this “new” Piketty book in its current form, but it’s not at all the book one...

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