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Q & A: Karl Ove Knausgaard

This week(end)'s The New York Times Book Review has Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book Some good responses from the My Struggle author -- including: Tarjei Vesaas has written the best Norwegian novel ever, The Birds -- it is absolutely...Show More Summary

Boris Kachka on Michiko Kakutani

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Michiko Kakutani has given up her book reviewing gig at The New York Times, and at New York's Intelligencer Boris Kachka now looks at What the Departure of the Times' Michiko Kakutani Means for Books Coverage (and some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on that might have played a role in her departure).

Critics for The New York Times on Sam Shepard’s Plays, Books and Movies

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Excerpts from reviews of theater, book and film works by Mr. Shepard, who is dead at age 73.

The End of an Era

“[I]n the world of letters, it is hard to imagine a more seismic change than this one.” The New York Times announces that its longtime book critic Michiko Kakutani is stepping down after nearly four decades of reviews. The Times also...Show More Summary

Shorties (Essential Michiko Kakutani Reading, An Interview with Gillian Welch, and more)

The New York Times shared a collection of reviews and essays by Michiko Kakutani, who is stepping down for her post as a book reviewer. Stereogum interviewed singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. The JDO Show podcast interviewed author Elle Nash. Aldous Harding...

The Kakutani booked-out at The New York Times

Michiko Kakutani has been reviewing books at The New York Times since 1983 (!), and has long surely been the most influential daily-newspaper reviewer in the United States (not that most people could name very many (any ?) others...),...Show More Summary

Michiko Kakutani, Times’s Feared and Revered Book Critic, Is Stepping Down

Ms. Kakutani has reviewed books at The New York Times since 1983 and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. The paper named Parul Sehgal one of its book critics.

“The Stupidest Person in New York City”: How Authors Responded to Michiko Kakutani’s Harshest Reviews

Longtime New York Times books critic Michiko Kakutani is moving on to focus on other projects, she confirmed on Thursday, after 38 years at the newspaper. During those close to four fearsome decades at the Times, Kakutani was perhaps...Show More Summary

Michiko Kakutani Ends Her Reign as The New York Times’ Chief Book Critic

The Michiko Kakutani book review is an institution unto itself, one that has now come to an end as The New York Times chief book critic steps down from her role after 38 years at the Times, 34 of which have been spent writing about the work of basically every author in the contemporary Western...

Not Everyone Is a Fan of Russian Literature

The one genre I absolutely cannot stand is Russian literature. You need genealogy charts to just figure out the characters, every novel is a thousand pages and pretty much everyone dies.Jodi Picoult, The New York Times Book Review, October 12, 2014

Audiobooks: What (Books) to Listen to This Summer

The Times’s book critics and editors at The New York Times Book Review recommend some great audiobooks for summertime.

How To Bring Up A Child To Love Reading Books: An Online Guide

Pamela Paul and Maria Russo of The New York Times Book Review say that "raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy" - and explain how. (First key hint is not to wait to get started: "Baby books are a necessity.... Read out loud, every day. Any book.... The content doesn't matter." […]

Sam Tanenhaus Uses Shoddy, Hit-Piece Book to Further His Crusade Against the Racist, Heartless 'Radical Right'

Journalist Sam Tanenhaus, a former New York Times book editor who fancies himself an expert on the conservative movement (without actual evidence of such expertise), has penned a review of a shoddy attack book on the conservative movement...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: Francis Spufford’s First Novel Is a Swashbuckling Tale

“Golden Hill” follows the misadventures of a handsome young stranger who arrives in New York from London, hoping to cash in on a fortune.

Books of The Times: Review: A Corrupt Cop Is Up Against the Wall in Don Winslow’s ‘The Force’

A police task force leader and his crew aren’t much better than the criminals they pursue in this gritty thriller, set in New York.

The Secret Promo Power of Obscure Media Outlets

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Deep down inside we writers know that those pie-in-the-sky dreams we all harbor of getting our books reviewed by the New York Times, or featured in Oprah Magazine or on NPR’s Fresh Air are, for the most part, just that: pie-in-the-sky-dreams.  A few years back here on Writer Unboxed I gave a glimpse of why. But […]

Charles Simmons, Novelist And Satirist, Dead At 92

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"[His] five critically acclaimed novels included a savage sendup of The New York Times Book Review, where he had worked as an editor for three decades."

Charles Simmons, Novelist and Critic, Dies at 92

The writer, who once worked at the The New York Times Book Review, published a sendup of his former employer in the novel “The Belle Lettres Papers.”

The Best Work I Saw at the NYT Portfolio Review, Part 2

  Today was meant to be a book review. Aaron Hardin, whom I met at the New York Times portfolio review in late April, had given me a copy of his self-published photo-book, “The 13th Spring.” Aaron’s a Southern photographer who got an MFA from the Hartford low-residency program, and lives in Tennessee, where he […]

Busy Tom!: Book reviews, a call for Gen. McMaster to step down, and talking this week in Seattle, Portland, SF, and LA

The "New York Times Book Review" on Sunday ran another of my big surveys of new books about military history.

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