Author Rachel Shteir recently caused an uproar in Chicago after ripping into her adopted city. Writing in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Shteir accused Chicago of being stiflingly conformist, regularly electing crooks and idiots...Show More Summary
Apologies for the rather lengthy post this week: I've been on the road just a bit (New York last weekend for some family time, then to Boston for a couple days, then to New York for Book Expo America (on which there is a good writeup...Show More Summary
The Horses of St. Mark's (The Triamphal Quadriga) In Chapter 17 of Dan Brown's Inferno published May 14 by Doubleday, (and reviewed by Janet Maslin in The New York Times), the fourth book featuring Robert Langdon, the fictional Harvard University professor of religious iconography and symbology, researches the Horses of St. Show More Summary
A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times Review of Books reviewed David Sheff’s new book Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. After noting some highlights in the book, editor Mick Sussman aptly concluded that Sheff has “performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice [...]
New editor Pamela Paul is putting her mark on the famed literary publication by shaking a few things up. News by Dean Fetzer Isn’t it always the way? A new editor comes in and they feel the desperate need to make sure people know they’re there. Show More Summary
New York Times senior staff editor John Williams will write a new NY Times Book Review column called “Open Book,” providing “a window onto the literary landscape.” You can also follow Williams on Twitter. This column will replace the...Show More Summary
What an interesting way to explore Manhattan and its place in American literary history.
As I've repeatedly mentioned (the last time: here), The New York Times Book Review is under new leadership (Sam Tanenhaus is out, Pamela Paul is in), and I've been nervously wondering what would become of it (yes, foolishly I hold out...Show More Summary
A recent hostile book review about Chicago has prompted an unexpected riposte from its music director. Muti’s letter has just gone up on the Times website. Given that he turned down an approach from the New York Philharmonic a decade ago, his polite response packs an added punch. Bravo, Riccardo! The New York [...]
The New York Times has discovered that all is not fair in the land of digital technology. Janet Maslin, a book critic for the paper, doesn't usually review tech books. So I was a bit surprised to see her review of Jaron Lanier's Who owns the Future, in Monday's paper (yes, the actual paper version). Show More Summary
“‘The Great Gatsby’ is in form no more than a glorified anecdote, and not too probable at that.” – Chicago Daily Tribune; May 3, 1925 “A curious book, a mystical, glamorous story of today.” – New York Times, April 19, 1925 “A valiant effort to be ironical. His style his painfully forced.” – New York … Read More
Media columnist Michael Wolff predicts The New York Times Book Review “will soon be merged” with the paper’s Sunday Review section: And while the NYTBR has been at the very center of the book business in New York … Read more
Also: A letter from Kurt Vonnegut to JFK; F. Scott Fitzgerald's financial records; Michael Wolff calls for an end to The New York Times Book Review.
As I've noted, The New York Times Book Review now has a new editor, Pamela Paul having replaced Sam Tanenhaus. It's still early days, but things certainly don't look much different (see also my recent mention -- and note that yesterday's...Show More Summary
Michael Wolff — the eloquent, if prickishly pugnacious media commentator — has forecast the end of yet another aging publication: The New York Times Book Review. In his Monday column on The Guardian, Wolff forecast the demise of theShow More Summary
Not the Dish but the New York Times Book review, according to Michael Wolff. He’s predicting its post-Tanenhaus demise.
On Sunday, Christian Caryl from The New York Review of Books caught up with 'Misha,' the man accused by the Tsarnev family of influencing Tamerlan Tsarnaev's conversion to a more radicalized form of Islam. Caryl met “Misha,” whose real name is Mikhail Allakhverdov, outside of Allakhverdov's home in Rhode Island. Read more...
Whether they're in the daily or Sunday review, the New York Times’ book reviews are universally acknowledged to be some of the most definitive criticism out there — at least by the general public. Certainly it is true that a glowing Times review can make a book a bestseller, whereas a...
With multiple books on the New York Times bestseller lists, author James Patterson doesn't need any help, but he thinks that the book industry does. So he has paid for an ad in the New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly calling...Show More Summary
On Monday, bloggers had a field day when the New York Times published its review of New York Times reporter's Brian Stelter’s book, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV,” a day before it was to be released. The Daily Beast called it "scathing." “I read it. Show More Summary