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Bush Either Does Or Does Not Read The New York Times Depending On If He’s Running For President

Bush in 2009: I read The New York Times. I read The Wall Street Journal. I read the Sayfie Review, which is about Florida politics. I’m reading a wild book. It’s The Singularity Is Near. [The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil] The book is about how technology is going to [...]

Henry Holt to Publish Pamela Paul’s Memoir

Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, has signed a deal for her memoir. Henry Holt & Company executive editor Paul Golob negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Lydia Wills. The release date for My Life with Bob has been set for Fall 2017. Show More Summary

Sanitizing the Nakba, in ‘The New York Times Book Review

In a review of Israeli S. Yizhar's novel Khirbet Khizeh in the NYT, Dexter Filkins uses words like herded, roundup, evacuate, left, fled, deport, leave, to describe the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948. These words wash over the devastating reality of the Nakba.

God’s Bankers: Gerald Posner’s Financial Exposé of the Catholic Church Produces “An Acute Sensation of Disgust”

A new book by investigative journalist Gerald Posner, a 732-page tome titled God’s Bankers, lays bare "the history of money and power at the Vatican."Writes reviewer Damon Linker in the New York Times:[T]he church from the beginningShow More Summary

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Admires Writers Like Ian McEwan and Megyn Kelly

The New York Times Book Review interviewed author and professional provocative person Ayaan Hirsi Ali for its "By the Book" column this week. Here is part of the Q&A: Read more...

Feminist Critic of Islam Picks Best Journalists: Megyn Kelly, Anderson Cooper, and Charlie Rose

The New York Times Book Review interviewed the controversial author Ayaan Hirsi Ali – too anti-Muslim for Brandeis to allow speak at commencement – for their “By The Book” feature appearing this Sunday and asked about her taste in books...Show More Summary

New York Times Considers Kate Tempest

We’ve introduced Kate Tempest before, here as one of twenty “next generation poets” recognized by the UK’s Poetry Book Society. Now, word of Tempest’s talent hits stateside with this review by Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times. A wunderkind rapper and spoken word performer equally influenced by Wu-Tang Clan and Joyce, Bukowski and Blake; […]

NYRB’s Spring Reading

Daylight savings time = more daylight to read by, and as luck would have it New York Review Books is having their winter sale, so you have no excuse to be out of reading material. You can stock up on titles 50% off through the end of March / the beginning of actual Spring.

New Books from Harrison and McGuane

3 weeks agoHobbies / Fishing : MidCurrent

Two of fly fishing’s literary greats have recently released new books. Jim Harrison’s novel, “The Big Seven” is reviewed by Smith Henderson in The New York Times.  And Tom McGuane’s “Crow Fair: Stories,” released on March 3, was recently reviewed … more ?

French Fiction

Recommended recommendations: Nancy Kline surveys recently translated French novels for the New York Times Book Review. Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s piece in the Daily Beast on the 2014 Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano and “Why American’s Don’t Read Foreign Fiction.”

The New York Times Reviews Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

Sarah Manguso is the author of a number of poetry collections including The Captain Lands in Paradise and Siste Viator but in recent years she has also developed a successful career as a non-fiction writer. Her book, The Guardians, remembers a friend who was killed by a Metro-North train. (The New York Times calls it […]

Shorties (An Interview with Elena Ferrante, Bjork's MoMA Exhibit, and more)

The Paris Review interviewed author Elena Ferrante. The New York Times reviewed MoMA's new Bjork exhibit. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Elizabeth McCracken, who was awarded The Story Prize for her collection Thunderstruck. Mashable interviewed Nick Harmer of...

Oops! New York Times Reviewer Admits 'Fetus' Can Have Rights

Janet Maslin has been reviewing movies and books for The New York Times for several decades, and up until now she has faithfully towed the newspaper's line on abortion. Then she slipped. In a book review about a Chinese abortionist, she noted that once the "fetus" was born, "she has no right to take its life anymore."

Inside The New York Times Book Review: Elliot Ackerman’s ‘Green on Blue’

Tom Bissell discusses "Green on Blue," and John Hooper talks about "The Italians."

Oscars 2015: Plot twists and turns keep show fresh

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer used to say he liked writing for children because they didn't read the New York Times Book Review, they just liked what they liked. The same can be said for Oscar voters: They don't care about what the cottage industry of predictors says...

Review of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart is the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s young adult series The Reckoners. The second book in the trilogy, Firefight, was recently released and joined the ranks of the first book as a #1 New York Times bestseller. The conclusion, Calamity, doesn’t appear to have a release date yet. Show More Summary

The Zaha Hadid lawsuit and the critic's responsibility

2 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Normally, I’m wary of lawsuits against critics. I think back to the case of Dan Moldea, who sued the New York Times after his book “Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football” was reviewed negatively in that paper in 1989.

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced!

The New York Times’ ArtsBeat reminds us that the National Book Critics Circle Awards are “one of the most prestigious American literary awards…judged by a panel of critics and book review editors.” They come in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Both ArtsBeat and the LA Times report on the announcement of […]

Ending the World with Hope and Comfort

A friend pointed me toward Sigrid Nunez's New York Times review of Emily St. John Mandel's popular and award-winning novel Station Eleven. He said it expressed some of the reservations that caused me to stop reading the book, and itShow More Summary

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