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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 […]

The Right Idea: An Illuminating Essay

2 months agoArts : Straight Up

The editors of The New York Times Book Review asked “some notably avid readers — who also happen to be poets, musicians, diplomats, filmmakers, novelists, actors, and artists –” to name the books they read this year. About 50 answered the call, listing what must be several hundred titles. I noticed that not one of […]

'The Year in Reading' at NYTBR

The New York Times Book Review gets a variety of well-known folks to: "share the books that accompanied them through 2016" in The Year in Reading, making for an interesting variety.

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Michael Lewis and Arianna Huffington

Michael Lewis discusses “The Undoing Project”; and Arianna Huffington talks about “Rest,” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

How The New York Times Book Review Really Works

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Pamela Paul, editor of the Sunday Times's literary supplement, did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" this week, and Emily Temple has dug out from it ten things that most people probably don't know about the Book Review - not least, its differences with the daily paper's book reviews by staff critics.

NYT Book Critics Pick Their Favorite Books Of 2016

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The New York Times has three daily book critics: Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner and Jennifer Senior. Because they review different titles, it is impossible for them to compile a single unanimous Top 10 list. They have favorites, however, and are happy to have a chance to list them here."

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2016

Editors at the Book Review talk about the year’s best books; Stefan Hertmans talks about “War and Turpentine”; and Ian McGuire discusses “The North Water.”

Weekend Wax Bits

3 months agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This Sunday, in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, rock author and critic Anthony DeCurtis writes a glowing review of Anatomy of a Song. Anthony DeCurtis, whose biography of Lou Reed is out next year, is a big deal...        

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2016

Editors at the Book Review discuss this year’s 100 Notable Books; Ronald H. Fritze talks about “Egyptomania”; and Matthew Schneier discusses “Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers.”

NYT Book Review Picks 10 Best Books of 2016

The editors of the New York Times Book Review are out with their annual list of the best reads of the year. The top 10, which aren't ranked in order: The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan, fiction. Review here. The North Water, Ian McGuire, fiction. Review here. The Underground...

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