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The NY Times Book Review's '100 Notable Books'

The New York Times Book Review has published its annual 100 Notable Books selection (limited to books reviewed in their pages -- "since Dec. 4, 2016, when we published our previous Notables list"). I continue to be not be reading/reviewing...Show More Summary

100 Notable Books of 2017

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

In Case You Didn’t Buy the ‘New York Times’ Yesterday: New Military Histories

The  Sunday New York Times Book Review ran my semi-annual survey of new books on military history.

Radhika Jones Set To Succeed Grayson Carter As Editor Of Vanity Fair

Jones is currently the editorial director of the books department at The New York Times and has worked at Time and The Paris Review as well. "Her deep familiarity with celebrity, journalism, art and publishing were probably big draws for Condé Nast, whose editors are often expected to mingle among influential people in the disparate […]

Sexual Assault on Campus and the Lessons of a Botched Book Review

Jia Tolentino writes about the book review of ”Blurred Lines” in the New York Times that caused an uproar.

The New York Times Book Review Looks at Romance

Over the weekend, The New York Times Book Review published a three page round up of romance fiction. On the front page! Can you believe that?! I’m not sure where you are in your paywall or whether you’ve used up your free views this month if you’re not a subscriber, but you can read the piece online. Show More Summary

Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” – Margaret Atwood A few weeks ago, after reading the New York Times Sunday Review article The Book That Made Us Feminists, I asked Amy for several recommendations for books that were foundational to the feminist movement. Show More Summary

"New York Times publishes eye-popping correction on campus-sexual-assault book review."

Erik Wemple (at WaPo) writes about a book review by Michelle Goldberg that led to a correction that reads:A review on Page 11 this weekend about “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus,” by Vanessa Grigoriadis, refers incorrectly to her reporting on the issues. Show More Summary

Ian Buruma Talks About Launching A New Era At The New York Review Of Books

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Some shoes are harder to fill than others. Robert Silvers.. ran the left-leaning intellectual magazine with single-minded fervor from the time he co-founded it in 1963 until he died at 87 in March. His shoes may as well be Shaquille O'Neal's." But Buruma is up for the challenge, and, as he tells John Williams, […]

Shorties (Hillary Clinton on Her New Memoir, A Reconsideration of Dirty Projectors' Rise Above Album, and more)

Hillary Clinton discussed her memoir What Happened with NPR Books. The New York Times reviewed the book. Stereogum reconsidered Dirty Projectors' Rise Above album on its 10th anniversary. Newtown Literary interviewed author David Burr Gerard. Aaron Gilbreath discussed his book...

How To Raise a Reader

The editors at The New York Times Book Review, a weekly paper magazine, created a wonderful guide for parents looking for that answer, "How to Raise a Reader." Editor Pamela Paul, and Children's Book Editor Maria Russo offer easy-to-follow steps for parents and caregivers as well numerous book recommendations for ages birth-teen. Show More Summary

Ian Buruma/NYRB profile

Murder in Amsterdam (etc.)-author Ian Buruma was recently named the new editor of The New York Review of Books, succeeding Robert Silvers, and in The New York Times John Williams profiles him and the transition, in Ian Buruma on a New...Show More Summary

Kakutani's reviews, number-crunched

As has been widely noted -- and mentioned here several times, lead book reviewer Michiko Kakutani is abandoning her gig at The New York Times -- and now, at Slate, Andrew Kahn looks at "Michiko Kakutani's favorite book-review clichés,...Show More Summary

“Will Be Familiar to Many Readers”

Michiko Kakutani announced late last month that she was leaving the New York Times. In her 34 years as a book reviewer for the paper, pointing out her clichés became something of a cliché itself. Ben Yagoda wrote in Slate, in 2006, that Kakutani appeared “incapable of engaging with language,” her own or others’. Show More Summary

Months After Book Is Discredited, NYT Praises Shoddy Anti-Conservative Scholarship

Unprofessional all around: The decision by the New York Times Sunday Book Review to publish a laudatory notice of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. At this point, the grievous flaws...Show More Summary

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

4 months 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...

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