“Idea #2: Book opens to reveal it is hollow, contains one medium-sized onion. Review: ‘Multilayered… had me in tears.'” How to write a first novel that gets praised in the New York Times.
by Michelle Dean Those end of the year book lists are lumbering around the internet right now, coming soon to a friend’s Facebook wall near you. NPR’s list of 2014 Great Reads numbers 250; the New York Times Book Review offers the slightly more conservative 100 Notable Books of 2014. The hugeness of these lists […]
“What is the value of a book cover if fewer and fewer people shop at bookstores?” Nicholas Blechman wonders about the purpose of the book cover at The New York Times Book Review, but he also rounds up some of the best covers of 2014, including the design for Eimear McBride‘s A Girl is A […]
In the Holiday Books issue of today's New York Times Book Review, there are reviews of fourteen books about pop music and one book about jazz. In a season that brought the Library of America's Virgil Thomson volume, Ellen Harris's.....
Literarily famous emotion-haver and interior decorator Ayelet Waldman got mad yesterday at the news that the novel she'd published this year, Love & Treasure, had failed to make the New York Times Book Review's list of 100 notable books of 2014. Read more...
The New York Times Book Review has announced its 100 Notable Books of 2014. (I have to admit the NYTBR has become near-unfathomable to me; under Sam Tanenhaus' leadership it was at least fairly predictably off (especially regarding coverage...Show More Summary
When I was an earnest early-20-something, I used to angrily count the gender ratio of the New York Times Book Review‘s annual “100 Notable Books” list, always sure that it would be far from 50-50. My scornful prediction inevitably proven...Show More Summary
The New York Times Book Review has unveiled its list of “100 Notable Books of 2014.” It features books from the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres. The editors of The New York Times Book Review selected the 100 titles. Follow this link to see the full list. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
The flood of 'best of the year'-lists has begun. Among the more interesting ones are the personal recommendations from writers and critics (rather than the institutional ones, like The New York Times Book Review's ridiculous 100 notable...Show More Summary
P.D.James has passed away -- so, lots of coverage; see, for example, obituaries in The Guardian (Richard Lea) and The New York Times (Marilyn Stasio) She was very good, and I've read almost all her books; four are under review at the complete review : Death in Holy Orders The Lighthouse The Murder Room The Private Patient
At the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Clive James unlocks a new biography of the acclaimed British poet, Philip Larkin. The new biography by James Booth, underscores why Larkin’s writing still matters, despite his somewhat controversial personal life. James Booth’s new biography of Philip Larkin is not very exciting, perhaps because Booth has the [...]
In today’s New York Times Book Review, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison address a familiar question: “How has the social role of poetry changed since Shelley?” (This question is usually posed in more alarmist terms: Can Poetry Matter? Or Has… Continue reading ?
Steven Hahn reviewed James McPherson’s new book about Jefferson Davis in yesterday’s New York Times. It includes nothing out of the ordinary from a typical academic review in a popular publication until you reach the very end. I found this to be somewhat curious. Yet, there is a larger and more unsettling issue. Treating Davis […]
At The New York Times' 'Times Insider' Susan Lehman has a Book Reviewer Tell-All: Dwight Garner on Reading, Reviewing and Avoiding Blindness with The New York Times' book reviewer. Always of interest to me: how many books other reviewers/outlets...Show More Summary
Can the state of contemporary literature be used to forecast stock prices?
Since taking over the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul has revamped the venerable weekly, and brought it some much-needed life. Among her improvements, a weekly interview with a writer (usually) about his or her reading habits and predilections....
Despite a recent, glorious typo in the New York Times' Sunday Book Review suggesting otherwise, novelist Ann Patchett would like everyone to know that she is not married to, or in any kind of non-platonic relationship with, her dog Sparky. Show More Summary
The New York Review of Books has published an essay by the academic, writer and long time China-watcher Orville Schell. In the essay, Schell details a recent trip to China he attended, with former US President Jimmy Carter, that was meant to commemorate the 35th anniversary of 'normalised relations' between the two countries. Show More Summary
Bruce Springsteen talked books and reading with the New York Times. The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Hairpin interviewed Caitlin Doughty about her new memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. The Rumpus...
The New York Times Book Review has unveiled its annual list of the “10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books” of the year. Shelf Awareness children’s editor Jennifer M. Brown, Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Floca, and Caldecott Medal recipient Jerry Pinkney sat on this year’s judging panel. Show More Summary