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A reader sent along this link to an article at the New York Review of Books on the relentless emphasis on STEM jobs. The viewpoint of its author, Andrew Hacker, was preordained: he's a political scientist who started a controversy about...Show More Summary
Thomas Kunkel’s biography covers Mr. Mitchell’s sparkling portraits of New York’s marginal people, as well as his breaking the rules of nonfiction and an epic case of writer’s block.
Lessig: I have a letter in the New York Review of Books responding to Elizabeth Drew’s article about money in politics. (I had done another review of that review here.) The point of my letter was to correct what seemed … Continue reading ?
Mark Strand’s literary executor, Mary Jo Salter, discovered the handwritten essay in Strand’s notebook: a review of an exhibition of Edward Hopper’s drawings at the Whitney in 2013. From NYRB: Paints and scrapes, paints and scrapes to get something right, the something that is not there at the outset but reveals itself slowly, and then […]
For the most part, Tolstoy is known as a realist, despite his work’s occasional dips into fancy. Yet the plotlines of his great novels featured long and important dream sequences. In The New York Review of Books, Janet Malcolm argued that Tolstoy was a master of dreams, using Anna Karenina as proof.
Working on the red Typewriter. Felt like the first time I’ve drawn a full breath in two weeks. Did more on the individual keys and started on the cover of the New York Times Review of Books. The heads you can see are cartoons of Sandra Day O’Connor, and a Muslim imam. Appropriate for a […]
The United States needs to befriend China or else all hell is going to break loose, argues George Soros in a new article for The New York Review of Books. "Both the US and China have a vital interest in reaching an understanding because the alternative is so unpalatable. Show More Summary
Have you ever wondered who is behind the steering wheel of The New York Times’s Book Review? This newest installment of Times Insider introduces readers to the editor of NYT’s Book Review section, Pamela Paul. From Times Insider: “It feels terrible when it’s happening to you,” Pamela Paul, editor of The Book Review said when […]
Nicholas Blechman has been named The New Yorker’s new creative director. Blechman comes to the magazine from The New York Times, where he has served as art director of the paper’s Book Review since 2006. In a memo to staffers, The New...Show More Summary
Uprooted is the latest novel by Naomi Novik, whose writing has received much recognition. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and multiple books in her Temeraire series have been New York Times bestsellers. Show More Summary
Even before the show kicked off a yearlong 40th-anniversary celebration, there was no shortage of documentation on Saturday Night Live’s cultural legacy. In addition to books like Saturday Night: A Backstage History, the recently updated...Show More Summary
There are few greater disconnects than between the cerebral New York Review of Books, a small-circulation bastion of the literary elite, and BuzzFeed. But part two of a three-part series on this era in digital journalism by Michael Massing, former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, confronts the hot digital site head on. Show More Summary
Never mind the vast right-wing conspiracy, suggests Michael Tomasky in the June 25 New York Review of Books. What Hillary Clinton needs to concern herself with are 1) a possible vast mainstream-media conspiracy and 2) her and her husband’s...Show More Summary
The very, very sharp Ben Thompson smacks down the not-sharp-at-all [Michael Massing](http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jun/25/digital-journalism-next-generation/): Nothing captures disdain for digital media quite like not...Show More Summary
Stephen King is featured in this week(end)'s 'By the Book' Q & A in The New York Times Book Review, and among the questions posed to him were: Do you enjoy fiction in translation ? Stories from particular corners of the world ? I actually...Show More Summary
The news that Janet Maslin, one of the daily The New York Times staff book reviewers (along with Michiko Kakutani and Dwight Garner -- and completely separate from The New York Times Book Review), is: "downshifting to a contributingShow More Summary
Several years ago I consumed by the audio version of The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800 by Jay Winik. [The New York Times review is here.] An excerpt from the book review: The time is the last decade of the 18th century. Show More Summary
It’s impossible to divorce yourself from Wednesday Martin’s attempt to anthropologically study the mothers of New York City’s Upper East Side. Whatever your socioeconomic status—and it’s likely you don’t have nearly as much money asShow More Summary
"One downside to a society with a meritocratic gloss is that it encourages the winners to think that life is fairer than it is," writes Jason DeParle in his New York Times review of Robert Putnam's new book, Our Kids. Putnam marshals...Show More Summary