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If “Making It” can make it there

(Scott Johnson) This past Friday the New York Times published a long profile of former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz. I wrote the following review/essay about Norman Podhoretz and his 1967 autobiographical book Making It for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, which posted it on Sunday. Show More Summary

Robert B. Silvers (1929-2017)

Robert B. Silvers, co-founding and long-time editor of The New York Review of Books, has passed away. See the NYRB notice, William Grimes' obituary in The New York Times, and Laura Miller at Slate on How Bob Silvers and the New York Review of Books Transformed the Literary World.

Postscript: Robert Silvers

American literary legend has it that The New York Review of Books first appeared as a gap-closer when the Times, and its book review, went on strike starting in December, 1962. This was temporally true, but only partly accurate: in truth,...Show More Summary

New York Review of Books Founding Editor Robert Silvers Dead at 87

Robert Silvers, the founding editor of the New York Review of Books, died this morning at 87 after battling a brief illness, The New York Times reports. You can read New York Magazine’s 2013 conversation with Silvers here.This is a breaking news post. It will be updated as more information ... More »

Lots of Kindle Deals, Plus Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, & More!

Amazon has four pages of Kindle Daily Deals today, all of which are New York Times bestselling books. There’s The Book of Joy, which was mention on a previous podcast, Hamilton: The Revolution that Redheadedgirl reviewed, plus plenty of nonfiction, mysteries, and more. If you browse through the entire collection, comment below with which books you’d recommend!

Should The Complacent Class Be The Fearful Class?

Tyler Cowen has published his most successful book yet, The Complacent Class, now on the Washington Post nonfiction bestseller list and getting reviewed by everybody from The Economist to the New York Times and on. It is the Book de Jour that all are commenting on one way or another. Show More Summary

Reality is Not What It Seems

This Sunday’s New York Times has a rather hostile review by Lisa Randall of Carlo Rovelli’s popular book Reality is Not What It Seems, which has recently come out in English in the US. Rovelli responds with a Facebook post. … Continue reading ?

The Inventor

There’s a new biography of Angela Carter on shelves. Is it worth your time, even if you’re not a fan? In The New York Review of Books, Alison Lurie gives the book a thorough read. The post The Inventor appeared first on The Millions...

The Monica Monicker

Today’s New York Times Book Review contains a letter from Daniel Okrent, who was the Times’ inaugural “public editor” a decade or so ago, complaining that President Clinton’s notorious dalliance with his intern should not be called “the Lewinsky scandal.” Okrent quotes Miss Lewinsky’s mother: “She was a college-age intern. Show More Summary

New York Times’ on Palestinians sounds like it’s opining about ‘Negro Problem’

The New York Times sounds like a newspaper opining about the Negro Problem in the 1950s, says Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books, in its pieties about Israeli choices re Palestinians. And Tom Friedman is even worse.

Bill Black: New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin Tries to Make Hank Paulson a Hero

As part of reviewing Obama's legacy, Bill Black eviscerates how Sorkin's book tried to exhonorate Hank Paulson for his crisis performance.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Insomniac City’ Recalls Life With Oliver Sacks

This memoir by Bill Hayes, Sacks’s partner, is a loving tribute not only to him but also to New York, providing insights into both.

‘Israel receives more US military aid than every other country in the world combined’ — New York Times reveals

Rosa Brooks, former Pentagon official, reviews a gushing book on Israeli military achievement in The New York Times and dares to tell readers that more than half US military aid in the world goes to a country that demolishes Palestinian homes and expands settlements, in violation of international law.

7 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from editors at The New York Times Book Review.

Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday

In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air at Walden had been really, really health-giving" Henry David Thoreau would be turning...Show More Summary

The New York Times just killed its graphic novel bestseller lists — and authors aren’t happy

WE ARE gathered here today to mourn a trusted ol’ friend and weekly visitor: the New York Times’s graphic book bestseller lists. The Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul confirmed that the paper will discontinue a number of its lists, including Hardcover Graphic Novel, Paperback Graphic Novel and Manga, effective Feb. 5. The sense of loss […]

2016 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

Each year, the New York Times’ list of notable books of 2016 brings to mind some of my favorite books we reviewed here in 2016. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2016: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   Boy, did I devour My Life...Show More Summary

Obama book Q & A

American president Obama has been giving any number of exit-interviews, and now there's also an agreeably bookish one with The New York Times' book reviewer Michiko Kakutani. They wrote this up in article form, but of course the Q &Show More Summary

At the New York Times, Mary Ruefle’s New Wave

For the New York Times’s Book Review section, Ben Ratliff reads Mary Ruefle’s newest Wave collection, My Private Property, containing “short reports” on subjects ranging from menopause to dolls, balloons, and coffins. To contextualize this collection within her larger oeuvre, Ratliff writes “Most of her poetry books have included a few short prose pieces, which […]

The New York Times Brings Its Best Poetry Round-up

David Orr contributes his best of the year list to NYT’s Book Review section. Orr writes: In accordance with New York Times policy, this list contains no relatives, close friends, students, colleagues and so forth (which means that I can’t include Maureen N. McLane’s wily “Mz N: The Serial”; James Richardson’s gently arresting “During”; or […]

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