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Books of The Times: Review: ‘After the Tall Timber,’ Renata Adler’s Collected Nonfiction

This new collection of Ms. Adler’s essays and reportage draws from her writings in The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications.

Public Books — The Novel’s Forking Path

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

April 1, 2015 — Reading Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island, it suddenly occurred to me why his 2005 novel Remainder is so good. It’s not the reason Zadie Smith gave in the New York Review of Books, however important that essay has been to winning McCarthy the readership he deserves. Show More Summary

Amazon Destinations Will Find You a Hotel (in LA, New York or Seattle)

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Amazon’s rumored travel site has now officially launched. Amazon Destinations curates hotel listings—and user reviews—to help you book a trip. But only in a handful of locations. Read more...

Path to Publication 3.6: Blurbs And Reviews, Incoming

4 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

With reviews coming in and blurbs set, it's time to talk a little bit about being judged by peers and readers. Column by Rob Hart Polis Books will release my debut novel, New Yorked, in June, with the follow-up, City of Rose, slated to follow in 2016. Show More Summary

This Is Not the Week I Expected to Have

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Yesterday, the New York Times Book Review called my book Galileo's Middle Finger a "rowdy, harrowing, vital book." The review by David Dobbs is the kind of review I dreamed of as I was writing it (and struggling with living it). I got...Show More Summary

A rowdy, harrowing, vital book: My Times review of ‘Galileo’s Middle Finger,’ by Alice Dreger.

I’ve a review of Alice Dreger’s latest book in this week’s New York Times Sunday Book Review; it just appeared online.   “Galileo’s Middle Finger” is many things: a rant, a manifesto, a treasury of evocative new terms (sissyphobia, autogynephilia, phall-o-meter) and an account of the author’s transformation “from an activist going after establishment scientists […]

Book surplus ?

At The New York Review of Books' blog Tim Parks wonders whether there are Too Many Books ? -- arguing: "it's hard not to feel that we are in an era of massive overproduction", as well as that this surfeit: "tends to diminish the seriousness...Show More Summary

The Death of Napoleon review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Simon Leys' nice little novella, The Death of Napoleon. This has been re-issued (it seems) countless times, but New York Review Books are having another go at it -- and theirs is certainly a nicer-looking volume than the horrific movie-tie-in one.

On Race and Rankine

Recommended reading: Nick Laird writes about Claudia Rankine‘s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric and “A New Way of Writing About Race” for the New York Review of Books.

Why I Don’t Read Reviews of My Books or Profiles of Myself.

Yay! Better Than Before was reviewed this weekend in the New York Times, in a  piece by Hanna Rosin. You can read it here. Here’s the illustration that accompanied it — flossing seems to be one of the paradigmatic habits-that-everyone-wants. I was thrilled to included — these days, very few of the books that are published get a review there. Show More Summary

Chris Hedges' "American Fascists"

"Ur-Fascism (Eternal Fascism) can come back under the most innocent of disguises," writes Umberto Eco in a 1995 New York Review of Books essay. "Our duty is to uncover it and to point our finger at any of its instances--every day, in...Show More Summary

Oliver Sacks On His Treatment And "General Feeling Of Disorder"

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In the April 23rd issue of the New York Review of Books, Oliver Sacks – who, in January of this year, learned that his liver was overrun by metastatic cancer – writes with characteristic skill on the shifts in constitution that frequently accompany illness, treatment, and convalescence. Read more...

Books of The Times: Review: Judith Miller’s ‘The Story: A Reporter’s Journey’

Ms. Miller, the correspondent for The New York Times who was forced to resign, recounts her coverage of the search for weapons in Iraq and her jailing for protecting a source.

The Exoskeleton and the Blues

The book the book the book the book the book. The moment talk of poetry turns institutional, it’s all about the book. The reviews of poetry in the places that still cover it—the New York Times, say, or Slate—deal exclusively with books. Show More Summary

A fluctuating wellness

The New York Review of Books has an excellent new piece by Oliver Sacks where he describes the psychological effects of cancer treatment in terms of its effects on the ‘homeostasis of well being’. The article weaves together the role of the autonomic nervous system, the progression of migraine and the repressions and releases of […]

The Right Way to Do Plot Summary

At The New York Review of Books, Mark Lilla’s piece on Michel Houlellebecq’s new novel, Soumission, offers a tutorial in the right way to build a book review around plot summary. In general, I’m of the opinion that plot summary should never be attempted in a book review. Show More Summary

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda tracks a rocky coming out

“Maybe it would be different if we lived in New York,” Simon muses. “Shady Creek isn’t exactly a progressive paradise.” Simon Spier is 16 and gay, though at the start of Becky Albertalli’s Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda he isn’t out to anyone, at least not by choice. Show More Summary

Bibi talk: ‘New York Review of Books’ trivializes Israeli fascism

In a NY Review of Books piece that describes "proto-fascist" currents in the last Israeli election, David Shulman never uses the nickname "Bibi" for Netanyahu. But the editors of the journal do so twice in headlines, surely out of some lingering affection for the Jewish strongman

Book review: The Soccer Diaries, by Michael J. Agovino

The last thirty years of soccer in America, and how one New York obsessive watched it all unfold. There should probably be a word for this kind of book: the telling of a life, from childhood to adulthood, intertwined with a sport, and how the former is informed by the latter. Show More Summary

18 Retro Reviews of Children's Books from the New York Public Library

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Last year, New York Public Library staffers discovered a lost treasure:  Nearly 6400 old note cards containing 20th century librarians’ reviews of the children's books that filled the library’s stacks. The review system was never intended for public consumption. Show More Summary

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