Here’s the back story: Paul Krugman has an article called “How the Case for Austerity Has Crumbled” in the current New York Review of Books. It’s a long article, but in it the Professor makes the point that austerity economics is more about morality than economics. It grows out of an emotional need to make [...]
Brandon Sanderson, the New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn and Warbreaker, excels at building complicated fantasy worlds and intricate magic systems. Unfortunately his young-adult novel, The Rithmatist, is so bogged down in...Show More Summary
What an interesting way to explore Manhattan and its place in American literary history.
(Steven Hayward) I already thought National Review‘s Kevin Williamson, author of the fine new book The End Is Near And It’s Going to Be Awesome was a total stud, but after last night’s bravado performance in a New York theater, he’s a total heroic stud. Show More Summary
In the current issue of the New York Review of Books, Paul Krugman tries to explain the psychology that produces the impulse toward austerity as the cure for economic recessions: Everyone loves a morality play. “For the wages of sinShow More Summary
As I've repeatedly mentioned (the last time: here), The New York Times Book Review is under new leadership (Sam Tanenhaus is out, Pamela Paul is in), and I've been nervously wondering what would become of it (yes, foolishly I hold out...Show More Summary
Margaret Atwood offers tips for writing about dreams at the New York Review of Books. NME lists 20 things you didn't know about Blur's classic Modern Life Is Rubbish album (which was released twenty years ago). Crave lists 13 bad...
Halpern is the editor of the The New York Review of Books‘ ebook series NYRB Lit and a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. She is the author of six books, including Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Frontlines of Memory Research and Migrations to Solitude: The Quest for Privacy in a Crowded World. Her most recent one is A Dog Walks Into a [...]
The New York Times has discovered that all is not fair in the land of digital technology. Janet Maslin, a book critic for the paper, doesn't usually review tech books. So I was a bit surprised to see her review of Jaron Lanier's Who owns the Future, in Monday's paper (yes, the actual paper version). Show More Summary
The future of Big Law isn't doom and gloom, says New York University Law Professor Richard Epstein, in a critical review of Steven J. Harper's new book, the "The Lawyer Bubble."
Ian Buruma, writing for The New York Review of Books, takes the occasion of “David Bowie Is,” a current exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to write a relatively short, but fascinating, history of the man. What has been truly unusual about Bowie, in comparison to other rock acts, is the lightning speed of his costume changes, as it were. Show More Summary
From a lovely article in the New York Review of Books about octopods:
“‘The Great Gatsby’ is in form no more than a glorified anecdote, and not too probable at that.” – Chicago Daily Tribune; May 3, 1925 “A curious book, a mystical, glamorous story of today.” – New York Times, April 19, 1925 “A valiant effort to be ironical. His style his painfully forced.” – New York … Read More
Media columnist Michael Wolff predicts The New York Times Book Review “will soon be merged” with the paper’s Sunday Review section: And while the NYTBR has been at the very center of the book business in New York … Read more
We know know the identity of “Misha,” the man who allegedly “brainwashed” Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The New York Review of Books tracked him down and revealed him to be Mikhail Allakhverdov, a Rhode Island man who knew Tsarnaev, but claims to have nothing to do with his radicalization.
Michael Wolff — the eloquent, if prickishly pugnacious media commentator — has forecast the end of yet another aging publication: The New York Times Book Review. In his Monday column on The Guardian, Wolff forecast the demise of theShow More Summary
Some of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's relatives have alleged that a mysterious man may have turned him toward radical Islam. That man — known as Misha — has told a writer for The New York Review of Books that he'd had no contact with the bombing suspect for three years and that "I wasn't his teacher."
The New York Review of Books says it has found the mysterious Misha. Mikhail Allakhverdov says he's no Svengali
Happy Monday. The New York Review of Books scooped the other news organizations to find "Misha," the person the Tsarnaev's uncle said "brainwashed" Tamerlan Tsarnaev into radical jihad. Over the weekend, word surfaced that Russia had recorded wiretaps of Tamerlan...
On Sunday, Christian Caryl from The New York Review of Books caught up with 'Misha,' the man accused by the Tsarnev family of influencing Tamerlan Tsarnaev's conversion to a more radicalized form of Islam. Caryl met “Misha,” whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov, outside of Allakhverdov's home in Rhode Island. Read more...