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George W. Bush’s Paintings Cannot Redeem Him

yesterdayArts : Hyperallergic

A piece in the New York Times about the former president's book of paintings is part reputation rehab, part art review, and part audition for the job of Bush’s headstone writer. The post George W. Bush’s Paintings Cannot Redeem Him appeared first on Hyperallergic.

The Return of Munchausen review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's The Return of Munchausen. Good to see New York Review Books keep bringing these Krzhizhanovsky-titles out -- this is their fourth. He is something special.

Race, Gender, and Book Reviews

Flashback Friday. In a post at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Steve Rendall and Zachary Tomanelli investigated the racial breakdown of the book reviewers and authors in two important book review venues, the New York Times Book Review and C-SPAN’s After Words.  They found that the vast majority of both reviewers and authors were white […]

Fran Leibowitz on books and reading

6 days agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

The New York Times Book Review recently interviewed Fran Leibowitz for their By the Book series. She mentions Memoirs of Hadrian as the last great book she read and doesn’t like literary dinner parties. Q: You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Show More Summary

An Interview with John Freeman Gill, Author of "The Gargoyle Hunters"

Gill talks to the Amazon Book Review about his novel of a crumbling family set in the crumbling New York of the mid-1970s, when the city was dirty, dangerous, and on the verge of going bankrupt.

Robert Silvers was a lion on Vietnam and Iraq, and a pussycat on Israel

Robert Silvers, the late editor of the New York Review of Books, ran Tony Judt's great piece imagining a one-state democracy in Israel and Palestine in 2003, and then he ran away from it. Silvers could take on the establishment over Vietnam, Iraq, and Freud; but he couldn't really go after Israel.

Let’s Hear It for the Editors

With the passing of founder and 50+-year editor of the New York Review of Books, Robert Silvers, we’re seeing a number of remembrances praising what he built. The New York Review has been special for a number of reasons, which include: being profitable for 50 years despite not dumbing down its content or catering to Continue Reading

A denial from NYRB Classics

(Scott Johnson) My escape into the lost worlds of Norman Podhoretz’s Making It has a comic coda. I make something of the fact that Making It was mugged by the New York Review of Books upon its publication in 1967, but that it is now published as a NYRB Classic “under the auspices of the New York Review of Books, no less[.]” NYRB Classics editor Edwin Frank takes issue with me in

Robert Silvers, a founding editor of New York Review of Books, dies at 87

For more than 50 years, Mr. Silvers helped make the New York Review a leading journal of intellectual and political thought.

“He Couldn’t Conceive of a Life Without Being the Editor of the NYRB”

Robert Silvers, the longtime editor of the New York Review of Books, died this week at the age of 87. While the NYRB developed a reputation as arguably the preeminent English-language literary journal, Silvers himself became known as...Show More Summary

Lunch with Bob Silvers

Every month, for seven years of my life, I had lunch with Bob Silvers. We talked about various things, but mostly about books and writers. I was supposed to advise Bob on pieces for The New York Review of Books, though I quickly realized that he didn’t need a lot of advice, at least not from me. Show More Summary

Robert Silvers, 87, Founding Editor Of New York Review Of Books

"The New York Review, founded in 1963, was born with a mission - to raise the standards of book reviewing and literary discussion in the United States and nurture a hybrid form of politico-cultural essay. Mr. Silvers brought to its pages a self-effacing, almost priestly sense of devotion that ultimately made him indistinguishable from the […]

If “Making It” can make it there

(Scott Johnson) This past Friday the New York Times published a long profile of former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz. I wrote the following review/essay about Norman Podhoretz and his 1967 autobiographical book Making It for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, which posted it on Sunday. Show More Summary

More than Magic: the Legacy of Robert Silvers

I was working in telesales in the middle of England when I first started reading the New York Review of Books. I didn’t know how it started or who made it, but I knew it was unlike anything I’d ever read. A novel might transport youShow More Summary

Robert B. Silvers (1929-2017)

Robert B. Silvers, co-founding and long-time editor of The New York Review of Books, has passed away. See the NYRB notice, William Grimes' obituary in The New York Times, and Laura Miller at Slate on How Bob Silvers and the New York Review of Books Transformed the Literary World.

Remembering Robert Silvers

Robert B. Silvers, the founder and long-serving editor of The New York Review of Books, died on Monday, at the age of eighty-seven. We asked our contributors for remembrances. 

Postscript: Robert Silvers

American literary legend has it that The New York Review of Books first appeared as a gap-closer when the Times, and its book review, went on strike starting in December, 1962. This was temporally true, but only partly accurate: in truth,...Show More Summary

How Bob Silvers and the New York Review of Books Transformed the Literary World

Complaining that book reviewing—as practice and profession—has gone downhill is a time-honored custom in literary circles, but never has that chronic griping led to a more glorious response than The New York Review of Books. FoundedShow More Summary

Remembering New York Review of Books Founder Robert Silvers

From its founding in 1963, the New York Review of Books has channeled the energies of what used to be called the New York Intellectuals into a sturdy biweekly package of a dozen or so 3,500-word doses of scrutiny. The originality of the paper’s format shouldn’t be underestimated. Yes, there ... More »

Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

last weekNews : The Two-Way

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.

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