By Jonathan Rose Sharyl Attkisson, The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote (New York: HarperCollins, 2017), $27.99. Sharyl Attkisson is just about the only real journalist we...
Pamela Paul and Maria Russo of The New York Times Book Review say that "raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy" - and explain how. (First key hint is not to wait to get started: "Baby books are a necessity.... Read out loud, every day. Any book.... The content doesn't matter." […]
Journalist Sam Tanenhaus, a former New York Times book editor who fancies himself an expert on the conservative movement (without actual evidence of such expertise), has penned a review of a shoddy attack book on the conservative movement...Show More Summary
Court was more united than ever This article originally appeared in The New York Review of Books. The 2016-2017 term, which concluded on Monday, opened with eight justices and every expectation that, after Hillary Clinton was elected, the Court’s balance would soon tilt liberal for the first time in four decades. Show More Summary
“Golden Hill” follows the misadventures of a handsome young stranger who arrives in New York from London, hoping to cash in on a fortune.
Critical writings on Wikileaks always seem to stir the hornet’s nest around these parts. So, in that spirit, here’s Sue Halperin reviewing a new documentary on Julian Assange, Risk, in the New York Review of Books: Most egregious, perhaps, was Assange’s collaboration with Israel Shamir, an unapologetic anti-Semite and Putin ally to whom Assange handed over all […]
(June 17, 2017 09:14 AM, by Scott Sumner) This is from a Jeff Madrick article on poverty in America, in the New York Review of Books: The poverty rate has been as low as 11.1 percent, in the 1970s; it rose under Ronald Reagan to approximately 15 percent... (3 COMMENTS)
A police task force leader and his crew aren’t much better than the criminals they pursue in this gritty thriller, set in New York.
Deep down inside we writers know that those pie-in-the-sky dreams we all harbor of getting our books reviewed by the New York Times, or featured in Oprah Magazine or on NPR’s Fresh Air are, for the most part, just that: pie-in-the-sky-dreams. A few years back here on Writer Unboxed I gave a glimpse of why. But […]
4600 Miles The longest of America’s National Scenic Trails runs 4600 miles through the North Woods of North Dakota to the High Peaks of New York. Although the North Country Trail has been in existence for more than thirty years, there have only been a handful of end-to-end hikers. Show More Summary
"[His] five critically acclaimed novels included a savage sendup of The New York Times Book Review, where he had worked as an editor for three decades."
The writer, who once worked at the The New York Times Book Review, published a sendup of his former employer in the novel “The Belle Lettres Papers.”
Today was meant to be a book review. Aaron Hardin, whom I met at the New York Times portfolio review in late April, had given me a copy of his self-published photo-book, “The 13th Spring.” Aaron’s a Southern photographer who got an MFA from the Hartford low-residency program, and lives in Tennessee, where he […]
The "New York Times Book Review" on Sunday ran another of my big surveys of new books about military history.
Mike Rapport talks about “The Unruly City,” and Dan Egan discusses “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.”
Sessions's first 100 days at the Justice Department shows he wants to take us back to the pre-civil-rights era. This piece originally appeared at The New York Review of Books. Tangled in self-inflicted chaos, President Donald Trump has been unable to accomplish much during his first four months in office. Show More Summary
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.
"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 […]
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.
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...