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How the Tiny Graywolf Press Became a Big Player in Book Publishing

This article originally appeared in New York magazine. Before she won multiple awards and wrote one of the Times Book Review’s top-ten books of 2014, the young poet Eula Biss tried to sell a book of essays to major publishing houses....Show More Summary

Juliana Spahr’s That Winter the Wolf Came Featured at The New York Times Sunday Book Review

The New York Times’s, Stephen Burt reviews Juliana Spahr’s newest collection That Winter the Wolf Came, published by Commune Editions. Burt, poet and Professor of English at Harvard University, writes favorably about Spahr’s understated lyric technique: […] It’s hard to quote Spahr in ways that show how good she is, because, phrase by phrase, she […]

Does Brilliance = Inaccessibility?

Wait a minute: are these difficult poems actually brilliant? Zoë Heller and Leslie Jamison “discuss whether we overvalue difficulty in literature” at The New York Times’s “Sunday Book Review.” We’ll start with Heller’s contribution: At school, we’re taught to approach difficult literature in a spirit of humility. When we encounter a word we don’t understand, […]

The NYTBR slanders Mario Vargas Llosa ?

Oh, dear. So The New York Times Book Review had Book of Numbers-author Joshua Cohen review Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's new non-fiction title, Notes on the Death of Culture -- an admittedly somewhat thankless task (Mario Vargas...Show More Summary

Inside The New York Times Book Review: The History of Autism

Steve Silberman talks about "NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity," and Elisabeth Egan discusses her debut novel, "A Window Opens."

Solitary Refinement

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Susan Salter Reynolds was a columnist and features writer at the Los Angeles Times for 23 years. Before that, she was an assistant editor at the New York Review of Books.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Everybody Rise,’ Stephanie Clifford’s Debut Novel, Features That Old-Money Scent

The well-off heroine of this book wants to join what she considers the most elite social circle in New York.

Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

If you still find it possible to fathom that there was a time before the Internet, you may recall the days when books were either New York Times Bestsellers or not. That was it. But in our modern era, you're likely to read a friend's...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Last Love Song,’ a Biography of Joan Didion

The Didion who emerges here is a frail, angst-ridden outsider and a shrewd Hollywood and New York insider, a vulnerable witness to history and a hardheaded survivor.

New York Review Books profile

In The New York Times Larry Rohter profiles the publisher, in New York Review Books Fills a Niche by Reviving Forgotten Works. A nice overview of New York Review Books -- best known for its 'Classics' line, which includes a lot of reprints...Show More Summary

One Man's Defense of The Order: 1886

Tom Bissell is the author of my favorite book on video games, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, which I called “the finest account yet of what it feels like to be a video game player” when I reviewed it in The New York Times. These...Show More Summary

Krugman Slams Piketty's 'New' Book On Inequality

New York Times Book Review: Thomas Piketty, The Economics of Inequality (Harvard University Press 2015), reviewed by Paul Krugman (Princeton): Let me be blunt: I don’t know how the decision was made to release this “new” Piketty book in its current form, but it’s not at all the book one...

New York Review of Books responds to New York Times’ rebuttal of nails’ exposé critique

New York Review of Books Richard Bernstein continued his beef with the New York Times’ nail salon exposé and says the editor’s response was late and insufficient. Bernstein’s article, published on the New York Review of Books website on Friday, came in response to the letter issued by New York Times editors earlier this week. Show More Summary

Juan Gabriel Vásquez 'By the Book'

The New York Times Book Review has Juan Gabriel Vásquez (The Informers, etc.) answer this week's 'By the Book' Q & A. Like so many prominent foreinh-language-writing authors, he has also translated works into his mother tongue -- and...Show More Summary

Morning roundup: New York Times flap may not be nail-biter as paper roundly defends expose

Good morning. Literati duel as Times chides New York Review of Books criticism Former Times reporter Richard Bernstein took after the big expose on the nail salon industry, both benefiting from and compromised by his role as a day spa owner. Show More Summary

July 29 roundup

Former NYT Peking correspondent Richard Bernstein, who now co-owns two nail salons, challenges Times blockbuster on prevalence of labor exploitation at NYC salons [New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Nolan Brown and followup, Times rebuttal]...Show More Summary

New York Times hits back at NYRB: ‘We are…disappointed’

The New York Times The New York Times issued a lengthy point-by-point rebuttal to The New York Review of Books Tuesday in response to a piece by a former New York Times journalist who called into question the veracity of the newspaper’s...Show More Summary

New York Times Rebuts Nail Salon Owner: Our Series Was 'Damning'

The New York Times has issued a rebuttal to former Times journalist and current spa owner Richard Bernstein, who wrote in the New York Review of Books that nail salons can’t possibly be as bad as the NYT suggested in their series “Unvarnished.”...Show More Summary

Man Who Co-Owns Nails Salons Thinks They're Just Great, So

The New York Review of Books ran a rebuttal this weekend to the much-talked about New York Times series “Unvarnished,” Sarah Maslin Nir’s yearlong investigation into the horrendous labor practices at many New York nail salons. The rebuttal,...Show More Summary

Former Times reporter goes after paper’s heralded nails expose

Screenshot of The New York Review of Books article that questioned the veracity of The New York Times nails story. It’s essentially a mano a mano over nails. Former New York Times reporter Richard Bernstein is questioning the accuracy...Show More Summary

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