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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.)

Review: Slow-Simmering Season 2 of Outlander May Be More Intriguing Than the Last

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Saturday night, seaso 2 of Outlander returned to Starz for its 13-episode run. The series, based on Diana Gabaldon’s extremely popular book series, has a pretty rabid fandom, which I saw in full force at the New York premiere screening, including several cosplayers.

Misnegations, or scribal errors?

JVB wrote to point out that there's apparently an extra negation in a quotation presented in a current New York Time book review (Janet Maslin, "‘Maestra,’ a Novel of Sex, Murder and Shopping', 4/12/2016, emphasis added): “Maestra” is the work of L. S. Hilton, who is otherwise the British historian Lisa Hilton, but wanted to […]

Soros warns that the European Union is in mortal danger of collapse

Billionaire financier George Soros has warned that the European Union is in mortal danger of collapse if it doesn’t agree a massive cash injection to fix the refugee crisis. In an essay written for the New York Review of Books, Soros also claimed that a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Greece. “The asylum seekers are […]

Soros Warns: Only Massive Investment Can Save EU From 'Mortal Danger'

American financial investor George Soros claimed in an essay for the New York Review of Books that only a massive infusion of cash can save the European Union from collapsing, amid the ongoing refugee crisis.

Books Good

It says here that three of the publishers doing the most important work in an era of short attention spans and [emoji signifying the decline of functional literacy] are And Other Stories, Europa Editions and New York Review Books. Here’s an interview with NYRB founder Edwin Frank that gives a good idea of exactly what […]

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: The Life of Louisa Adams

Louisa Thomas talks about “Louisa,” and Hope Jahren discusses “Lab Girl.”

The China crackdown: Shaping opinion at home and abroad

In the New York Review of Books, Orville Schell describes a disturbing trend towards tighter suppression of opinion by Chinese authorities, who are not stopping at the border: ...what has been perhaps most unexpected about this trend is the way that Beijing has begun to extend its claim to control people and organizations beyond its borders. Show More Summary

State Senator Emails AP English Teacher to Offer His Thoughts on Beloved (Too Many Breasts)

When Toni Morrison’s Beloved was published, in 1987, Margaret Atwood, writing in the New York Times Book Review called it a “triumph.” She wrote of the novel, which has come to be considered one of the most important of the contemporary...Show More Summary

The Testing Scam

Diane Ravitch absolutely eviscerates the bipartisan education reforms of the last 15 years under Bush and Obama in a review of two new books for The New York Review of Books. The first shows the disaster that was Cory Booker and Mark Zuckerberg’s attempt to remake the Newark schools by chartering them all, destroying teachers […]

So you think you know record history?

A hissy spat has broken out in the New York Review of Books over a magisterial essay by Robert Winter, Distinguished Professor of Music at UCLA, on the complete recordings of the sadly-missed polymath pianist, Charles Rosen. Sony have reissued all of Charles’s recordings in a large box. Professor Winter, after a lengthy disquisition on the […]

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