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It would have been silly to censor the word

A former New York Times employee was surprised to see the word “fucking” in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. (It’s in the last paragraph of a book excerpt.) He wrote in a Sunday email: This may not be the absolute first time that a form of “fuck” has been in the paper (accidents and … Read More

Better Stick To Their Day Jobs! Kendall & Kylie Jenner’s ‘Garbage’ Book Brings In Dismal Sales, Reviews

Snooki, Demi Lovato, and Nicole Richie are all New York Times bestselling authors. But the Kardashian spin machine — and a ghost writer — couldn’t help Kendall and… READ ON

By The Book

From The New York Times interview with Clive James: My best bad review, as it were, was a takedown of “Princess Daisy,” an appalling best-selling novel by the once-famous Judith Krantz, who clearly believed every word she wrote about sex, glamour and the higher levels of shopping. Show More Summary

“Eyes Without a Face”

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats fame has a debut novel, Wolf in White Van, longlisted for the National Book Award, and Dwight Garner reviews the “strange and involving” novel for The New York Times.

Debating re-translation

Copying a page from The New York Times Book Review -- their 'Bookends'-feature -- the weblog at Asymptote now offers... 'The Tiff' (which seems wrong on so many levels that I don't even know where to begin -- except the most obvious,...Show More Summary

The language of restaurant reviews

Jennifer Schuessler at The New York Times reports on the work and new book of Dan Jurafsky: In a study of more than a million Yelp restaurant reviews, Mr. Jurafsky and the Carnegie Mellon team found that four-star reviews tended to use a narrower range of vague positive words, while one-star reviews had a more […]

GalleyCat Exclusive: New York Times to Launch 12 New Monthly Best Sellers Lists

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The New York Times team plans to implement several changes to the book review section over the next few months. Henceforth, the NYT website will feature twelve new best sellers lists. These new monthly lists will cover the followingShow More Summary

It's Time to End the 'Philanthropic Gamesmanship' of Donor-Advised Funds

Following up on my previous posts (links below): New York Review of Books, Stop the Misuse of Philanthropy!, by Lewis B. Cullman (Author, Can’t Take It With You—The Art of Making and Giving Money (2014)): At ninety-five, as a businessman and philanthropist, I want to call attention to little-known ploys...

‘The Hill’ is to the left of the ‘New York Review of Books’

When was the last time The New York Review of Books ran a piece by a Palestinian? Lots of Israeli writers, including lately Assaf Sharon, who ignores the BDS movement and advocates for democracy in Israel and Palestine, when saying the Israel's choice is between the extreme right and the two-state solution. Show More Summary

Ben Lerner’s Nightstand

Ben Lerner, whose 10:04 has been reviewed in Bookforum and the New York Times, made an appearance on The New Directions blog to recommend four books of poetry that have at one point or another graced his nightstand. (No word on how he winnows down his list of books to be stacked on said nightstand, […]

Do TV Comedians Have Too Much Power In Manipulating Presidential Politics?

In Sunday’s Washington Post, former New York Times reporter Steven Roberts reviewed a new book by three professors called “Politics Is a Joke! How Comedians Are Remaking Political Life.” Republican-leaning readers might be left withShow More Summary

Review of Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King is the first book in the Shattered Sea trilogy by New York Times bestselling fantasy author Joe Abercrombie, who has also written The First Law trilogy, Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country. This latest novel, his first YA book, will be followed by Half the World in February 2015. Show More Summary

Kill the Bookends column: Why the New York Times Book Review’s most frustrating feature has to go

Sure, Bookends seems harmless enough. But it actually represents the worst impulses of today's critical culture

Go, Read: Profile Of Frank Miller In New York Times; Sunday Book Review On Jules Feiffer's Latest

The Miller is here. The Feiffer is here. Neither one is particularly insightful, although together they provide one of those step-back moment were you think, with amazement, "These kinds of profiles and review are routine now." The Feiffer...Show More Summary

Talking History

On the topic of reading classics: Alberto Manguel at the New York Review of Books considers the dialogue across history that books afford. “The relationship between a reader and a book… eliminates the barriers of time and space, like ‘conversations with the dead.’”

Afternoon Must-Read: Jerry Coyne: Criticizing Nicholas Wade’s Book on Race

Jerry Coyne: Our letter to the New York Times criticizing Nicholas Wade’s book on race: "As scientists dedicated to studying genetic variation... >...we thank David Dobbs for his review of Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes,...Show More Summary

7 Buildings That Look Like Food

Architecture has never made us so hungry. If you're hungry, everything looks like food. Even buildings, as Nicholas Blechman, art director of the New York Times Book Review, reveals in his illustration series "Gastro-Architecture." In...Show More Summary

Review of Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

2 months agoGenres / Fantasy : Fantasy Cafe

Magic Breaks is the seventh book in the Kate Daniels series by #1 New York Times bestselling author(s) Ilona Andrews (Ilona Andrews is not a single person but a married couple). Right now, a total of 10 books in the series is planned,...Show More Summary

Beyond ‘Just Kids': A Pocket Guide to Patti Smith’s Non-Fiction

New York Times readers this morning might have noted with interest the byline on the paper’s review of Haruki Murakami’s new book — the piece was written by none other than Patti Smith. Still, this is perhaps not as surprising as itShow More Summary

Shorties (Patti Smith Reviewed the New Haruki Murakami, Stream the New Sarah Jaffe Album, and more)

Patti Smith reviewed Haruki Murakami's new novel in the New York Times. The Guardian also reviewed the book. NPR Music is streaming Sarah Jaffe's new album Don't Disconnect. Stereogum ranked Tom Petty albums. Cesar Aira has a new fairy tale...

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