Wrote Bill "Zippy the Pinhead" Griffith, quoted in "Grown Men Reading 'Nancy'" by Dash Shaw in the New York Review of Books. I followed the "Nancy" craze at the time, so it's fun for me to stumble into reading about it today:Nancy became a touchstone for artists to appropriate, distort, and transform. Show More Summary
In reviewing a book of photography featuring the work of married photographers, The New York Book Review author wrote: "Every spread contrasts a picture apiece by each of them, and the connections between them are mostly delicate and elusive--a hue, a texture, an incidental structural effect, now and then an object. Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Markus Werner's On the Edge. Haus brought this out in translation a couple of years ago, and New York Review Books published in their e-only NYRB lit-series (which... does not seem to be going strong ?).
They've announced the winners of this year's PEN America Literary Awards, with Len Rix's translation of Katalin Street by Szabó Magda winning the translation prize; see also the New York Review Books publicity page, or get your copyShow More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Matei Calinescu's The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter, a 1969 Romanian novel only now forthcoming in English, from New York Review Books. Despite the fact that C?linescu...Show More Summary
A whole bunch of people have emailed to ask what I think of Adam Gopnik’s latest piece in the New Yorker, “The Great Crime Decline.” It’s a review of Patrick Sharkey’s new book, “Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence.” Sharkey’s basic point is that […]
I wanted to share the good news that I have a book review in today’s issue of The New York Times Book Review. It’s of The Endless Summer by the Danish trans author Madame Nielsen—so it’s a work in translation, by a queer, female-identifying author. I don’t think there will be too many more authors that Continue Reading
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Eileen Chang's posthumously published novel, Little Reunions, now also out in English, from New York Review Books.
Michael and I routinely grab two copies of just about any new translation put out by New York Review Books. Richard Howard's 2017 translation of this amazing novel is a treat to read from beginning to end.The protagonist is a portrait artist who does work that immediately brings the work of James Tissot to my mind's eye. Show More Summary
MONU #27 - Small Urbanism Reviewed by Claudia ConsonniWhen reading MONU’s issue #27 on Small Urbanism, the exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, curated by Emilio Ambasz in 1972 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, immediately came to my mind. Show More Summary
Robert A. Caro, in a new interview in the New York Review of Books:My first three or four drafts are handwritten on legal pads. For later drafts, I use a typewriter. I write by hand to slow myself down. People don’t believe this about me: I’m a very fast writer, but I want to write slowly.When I was a student at Princeton. Show More Summary
Sarah Helm in the New York Review of Books joins David Halbfinger and Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times by honestly reporting on the discussion of one state with equal rights as an alternative to Israel's neverending segregationist occupation. These pieces could initiate a real discussion of one state among US elites and put pressure on Israel at last to end apartheid.
Pushkin Press -- and then New York Review Books -- came out with Len Rix's translation of Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight a couple of years ago -- but Alma Books came out with a new translation just last year, by Peter Czipott; see...Show More Summary
In September, the New York Review of Books published a long essay about Otis Redding. 2017 was the 50th anniversary of Redding’s death. The whole thing is worth reading, but it’s worth thinking about what a remarkable talent Redding was and how much we lost when he died so very young. Just listening to Otis […]
On Tuesday night, the journalist Masha Gessen delivered the Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the New York Public Library. (The lecture is named for the late longtime editor of the New York Review of Books, for which Gessen often writes.)...Show More Summary
David Shulman, New York Review of Books: What has brought about this move toward mass demolitions and dispossession of Palestinian communities in Jerusalem and the occupied territories? Simply put: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers think they can now get away with a campaign of slow ethnic cleansing. Show More Summary
At The New York Review of Books' NYR Daily Tim Parks writes about what's Gained in Translation -- and observes: Translators are people who read books for us. Tolstoy wrote in Russian, so someone must read him for us and then write down...Show More Summary
The current issue of The New York Review of Books (December 21, 2017) has an article by Jacob Heilbrunn on "Donald Trump's Brains" that identifies the Straussian conservatives associated with the Claremont Institute as the intellectuals with the most influence in the Trump administration. Show More Summary
Always a mystery. Sure, sure, some of the books were only (we are being sarcastic here) reviewed by daily book critics, not in the New York Times Book Review, but seriously, NYT, WYD?
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.