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Mother Land review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Paul Theroux's latest novel, Mother Land, just out in the US (though only due in the UK in the fall). Stephen King reviewed it in The New York Times Book Review -- on Mother's Day -- though otherwise it hasn't gotten much coverage yet.

Ian Buruma Named Editor Of New York Review Of Books

"He steps into the role two months after the death of editor Robert B. Silvers, who, with Barbara Epstein, founded the publication in 1963.... This makes Buruma just the third editor in NYRB's history, and gives him reign [sic] over a publication that has existed throughout its entire history in the image of its […]

Ian Buruma new editor of NYRB

Robert B. Silvers' fifty-year reign as co/editor of The New York Review of Book will be hard to top, but they've now announced who will be running the show next -- and it's longtime contributor Ian Buruma. Two of Buruma's books are under review at the complete review : Murder in Amsterdam and Taming the Gods.

New York Review of Books Names Ian Buruma as its New Editor

The New York Review of Books has named Ian Buruma, a frequent and longtime contributor, as its next editor. He steps into the role two months after the death of editor Robert B. Silvers, who, with Barbara Epstein, founded the publication in 1963. Epstein and Silvers co-edited the publication until Epstein's death in 2006, when...

Ian Buruma Named Editor of The New York Review of Books

Mr. Buruma succeeds Robert B. Silvers, a founder of the magazine who edited it until his death in March at 87.

Gessen: How an Autocrat Destroys Language

Masha Gessen, New York Review of Books: When something cannot be described, it does not become a fact of shared reality. Hundreds of millions of Soviet citizens had an experience of the thing that could not be described, but I would argue that they did not share that experience, because they had no language for doing so.... Show More Summary

The Fall of The New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books is one of the great disappointments in the cultural life of today. It might have been the place to discuss “the best that is known and thought in the world,” to borrow Matthew Arnold’s famous words. No such thing. Show More Summary

"A Delightful, Warm, and Totally Unpretentious Book About Books"

A conversation between Pamela Paul of The New York Times Book Review and Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See.

Podhoretz and Podhoretz on "Making It"

Last month, New York Review Books issued a 50th anniversary edition of Norman Podhoretz’s Making It, a book Lee Smith has called a “masterpiece of American autobiography” that changed what it meant to be a public intellectual. “Nearly 50 years...

New York Times Picks 'Book Slut' to Slam Ivanka Book as Like Work of a 'Demented 12-Year-Old'

The New York Times knew exactly who was the perfect reviewer for the new Ivanka Trump book on Women Who Work. It was a radical feminist writer named Jessa Crispin, whose Twitter account is “The Book Slut.” What are the chances we’re going to get a thumbs-down? 100 percent. Show More Summary

Notes of a Crocodile review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Qiu Miaojin's Notes of a Crocodile, just out from New York Review Books. (It's also reviewed in today's issue of The New York Times Book Review !) This Taiwanese author,...Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump's Book Uses Toni Morrison Quote To Equate Busyness With Slavery

One of the less brutal reviews of Ivanka Trump’s book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, penned by The New York Times’ Jennifer Senior, described it as “a strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes.” Indeed, Trump does begin each chapter with a snippet of wisdom from a woman she, presumably, admires. Show More Summary

The New Neotropical Companion: A Book Review by a Lover of the Neotropics

In 2009, I traveled from New York City to the tropical rainforest of Ecuador. It was my first trip to...

Dwight Garner Reviews Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy

Dwight Garner contributed a fabulous, thoughtful review of Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy to the New York Times’s “Books” section yesterday. We’ve posted a little bit about Lockwood’s memoir already, on these pages, but this is the famed New York Times critic’s first glance. He writes, “Lockwood’s prose is cute and dirty and innocent and experienced, […]

Ivanka’s Guide to Having It All

The New York Times reviews Ivanka Trump’s new book, Women Who Work: It’s in her description of her daily life, in which she somehow — until the election, anyway — managed to run her own company, serve as an executive [...]

Two Scenes from Pope Francis’s Revolution of Tenderness

Five decades ago, in an essay in The New York Review of Books, Hannah Arendt described an exchange she had had with a “Roman chambermaid” about Pope John XXIII. The beloved pontiff had died, of stomach cancer, two years earlier, notShow More Summary

Jack Kirby's glorious comic book experiment

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

I recently re-stumbled across John Hodgman's fantastic review of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus from 2008, which appeared in the New York Times. Kirby was known as the "King" of comics. He co-created Captain America in the 1940s,Show More Summary

Shorties (An Interview with Paul Auster, Stephin Merritt on Writing, and more)

Hazlitt interviewed author Paul Auster. The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields about writing. The New York Times shared a primer of resistance poetry. Stream a new How To Dress Well song. The Los Angeles...

'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Unequivocally A Story By, For And About Women

4 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

With the much-awaited release of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” only four days away, much has been said in the past 24 hours about who the story, in both its book and TV show form, is for. In Saturday’s New York Times review, executive...Show More Summary

TV Review: At least Oprah shines in the scattered, schmaltzy Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

There’s a reason Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks spent six years on The New York Times bestseller list. It deftly tells an engrossing story of science, race, and family, Skloot’s first-person perspective carefully unpacking how one woman’s exploitation reverberates through her children 50 years later. Show More Summary

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