John Judis says that the Israel lobby compelled Truman to decide on partition in Palestine. Joseph Dorman in the New York Times says that the incompatibility of Arabs and Jews produced the measure. An important argument, and one the Times handles fairly for once.
The poet W.H. Auden’s secret garden of good deeds and philanthropy—revealed—at The New York Review of Books. W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it secret because he would have been ashamed to have been praised for it. [...]
Today, in the New York Times Book Review, Barry Gewen (an editor at the Review) reviews Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood by Joachim Fest. This book tells the remarkable story of Fest's father--Johannes Fest--who was one of the few...Show More Summary
There's an interesting article in the New York Review of Books on the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. In one portion, it explores alternative theories of his arrest: Many now believe that Chapo voluntarily turned himself in, that the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
If you want to learn about wine… like really learn about wine, you might think a mammoth tome like The New York Times Book of Wine would be a good place to start. Sure sounds legit. Alas, TNYTBOW is not that kind of … Continue readi...
Here's a little secret. I read Lew Bryson well before I heard of that Jack Michaelson fellow. He also influenced my approach to beer far more, as well. Here is my review from nine and a half years ago. Of the first edition. This, if I am not mistaken, is my first review of a second edition where I have already posted a review of the first. Show More Summary
In 2012, 79.8 percent of the authors of books chosen for review in the New York Review of Books—and the critics tapped to review them—were men. “We certainly hope to publish more women writers,” editor Robert Silvers insisted last year. Show More Summary
VIDA Women in Literary Arts VIDA’s annual count of gender diversity at literary outlets has a little good news: Paris Review is the organization’s “most improved this year,” and The New York Times Book Review has moved the needle, … Read more
Gender Disparity In Book Reviewing and Related Occupations The New York Times’ Julie Bosman reports on VIDA’s annual survey of book reviews appearing in leading publications. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts reports that these reviews are overwhelmingly written by men. Ms. Bosman reports that Ruth Franklin at the New … Continue reading ? Feminist Law Professors
In postulating an incorrect structure for DNA, Linus Pauling surprisingly committed an elementary chemical blunder (Image: pauling blog) In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson has a nice review of Mario Livio's readable book on scientific blunders committed by great scientists. Show More Summary
In 2013, The New York Review of Books published 212 male book reviewers and 52 female. (nytimes.com) Former Cosmo editor-in-chief Kate White‘s advice to students: Get internships, “but more than that you have to figure out a way to stand out in the pack when you’re doing it.” (idsnews.com) THe TV News … Read More
Scientists have a low tolerance for errors, but as Freeman Dyson points out in a recent New York Review of Books article, some of our most important conceptual breakthroughs — from natural selection to general relativity — first got started as big mistakes. Read more...
Brandi Glanville (@BrandiGlanville) is unstoppable. After becoming a #1 New York Times bestselling author last year with the publication of her first book, Drinking & Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders (which I reviewed here), the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is back to do it all over again. This past week, Glanville published DrinkingMORE
This essay originally appeared in the New York Review of Books. During the 1973 Watergate hearings, Howard Baker, the Republican Senate leader and a close ally of the Nixon White House, asked repeatedly, "What did the president knowShow More Summary
BERLIN (Reuters) - Director and producer Martin Scorsese says he hopes his documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books will point young people in the right direction for getting reliable information in an age of data overlo...
“I've been reading, or trying to read, the New York Review of Books since 1963,” said the “Wolf of Wall Street” director “it's been an education.” read more
Famed art critic, Holland Cotter, reviews the new Marianne Moore biography, Holding on Upside Down, by Linda Leavell, at New York Times. This book looks so good, can’t wait to read it! Half a century or so ago, when literate Americans still read poetry or thought they should, everyone knew about Marianne Moore, the white-haired, [...]
At the end of his short encomium to Mandela in The New York Review of Books, "On Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)," J.M. Coetzee writes, "He was, and by the time of his death was universally held to be, a great man; he may well be the last...Show More Summary
The Smile of Secret Power This essay appears in the March 6th issue of the New York Review of Books and is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine. The film and two books under review in this piece are listed...Show More Summary
by SB Sarah It's February so guess what that means. ALL THE ROMANCE IN LOTS OF THE PLACES! Ready for links? First up: LISTS! LOTS OF EM! Sarah MacLean is in the New York Times talking about romance in the Book Review section. (ThoseShow More Summary