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Other Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Actually Based On Jeff Eugenides

In this weekend’s New York Times Book Review, celebrated novelist Jeffrey Eugenides … Read More

Books of The Times: Review: ‘After the Tall Timber,’ Renata Adler’s Collected Nonfiction

This new collection of Ms. Adler’s essays and reportage draws from her writings in The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications.

Path to Publication 3.6: Blurbs And Reviews, Incoming

last weekArts / Writing : LitReactor

With reviews coming in and blurbs set, it's time to talk a little bit about being judged by peers and readers. Column by Rob Hart Polis Books will release my debut novel, New Yorked, in June, with the follow-up, City of Rose, slated to follow in 2016. Show More Summary

This Is Not the Week I Expected to Have

Yesterday, the New York Times Book Review called my book Galileo's Middle Finger a "rowdy, harrowing, vital book." The review by David Dobbs is the kind of review I dreamed of as I was writing it (and struggling with living it). I got...Show More Summary

A rowdy, harrowing, vital book: My Times review of ‘Galileo’s Middle Finger,’ by Alice Dreger.

I’ve a review of Alice Dreger’s latest book in this week’s New York Times Sunday Book Review; it just appeared online.   “Galileo’s Middle Finger” is many things: a rant, a manifesto, a treasury of evocative new terms (sissyphobia, autogynephilia, phall-o-meter) and an account of the author’s transformation “from an activist going after establishment scientists […]

The Death of Napoleon review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Simon Leys' nice little novella, The Death of Napoleon. This has been re-issued (it seems) countless times, but New York Review Books are having another go at it -- and theirs is certainly a nicer-looking volume than the horrific movie-tie-in one.

Editing the Editors

An “Open Book” interview with Patricia T. O’Conner in the New York Times Book Review By JOHN WILLIAMS This week, one grammar guru writes about another, as Patricia T. O’Conner reviews Mary Norris’s “Between You & Me.” Norris has been a copy editor for more than 30 years at The New... ? Read More: Editing the Editors

Consider the Comma

From the New York Times Book Review By PATRICIA T. O’CONNER Copy editors are a peculiar species (I’ve been one myself, and at the very publication you are now reading). But those at The New Yorker are something else entirely, a species nova that mutated into existence in 1925 and would hurl itself... ? Read More: Consider the Comma

Why I Don’t Read Reviews of My Books or Profiles of Myself.

Yay! Better Than Before was reviewed this weekend in the New York Times, in a  piece by Hanna Rosin. You can read it here. Here’s the illustration that accompanied it — flossing seems to be one of the paradigmatic habits-that-everyone-wants. I was thrilled to included — these days, very few of the books that are published get a review there. Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: Judith Miller’s ‘The Story: A Reporter’s Journey’

Ms. Miller, the correspondent for The New York Times who was forced to resign, recounts her coverage of the search for weapons in Iraq and her jailing for protecting a source.

The Exoskeleton and the Blues

The book the book the book the book the book. The moment talk of poetry turns institutional, it’s all about the book. The reviews of poetry in the places that still cover it—the New York Times, say, or Slate—deal exclusively with books. Show More Summary

Lydia Davis 'By the Book'

While I fundamentally like the idea behind The New York Times Book Review's weekly By the Book-feature I often find myself disappointed/baffled by it, completely unfamiliar with/uninterested in the sometimes not so literary types that...Show More Summary

Bush Either Does Or Does Not Read The New York Times Depending On If He’s Running For President

Bush in 2009: I read The New York Times. I read The Wall Street Journal. I read the Sayfie Review, which is about Florida politics. I’m reading a wild book. It’s The Singularity Is Near. [The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil] The book is about how technology is going to [...]

Henry Holt to Publish Pamela Paul’s Memoir

last monthMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, has signed a deal for her memoir. Henry Holt & Company executive editor Paul Golob negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Lydia Wills. The release date for My Life with Bob has been set for Fall 2017. Show More Summary

Sanitizing the Nakba, in ‘The New York Times Book Review

In a review of Israeli S. Yizhar's novel Khirbet Khizeh in the NYT, Dexter Filkins uses words like herded, roundup, evacuate, left, fled, deport, leave, to describe the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948. These words wash over the devastating reality of the Nakba.

God’s Bankers: Gerald Posner’s Financial Exposé of the Catholic Church Produces “An Acute Sensation of Disgust”

A new book by investigative journalist Gerald Posner, a 732-page tome titled God’s Bankers, lays bare "the history of money and power at the Vatican."Writes reviewer Damon Linker in the New York Times:[T]he church from the beginningShow More Summary

Feminist Critic of Islam Picks Best Journalists: Megyn Kelly, Anderson Cooper, and Charlie Rose

The New York Times Book Review interviewed the controversial author Ayaan Hirsi Ali – too anti-Muslim for Brandeis to allow speak at commencement – for their “By The Book” feature appearing this Sunday and asked about her taste in books...Show More Summary

New York Times Considers Kate Tempest

We’ve introduced Kate Tempest before, here as one of twenty “next generation poets” recognized by the UK’s Poetry Book Society. Now, word of Tempest’s talent hits stateside with this review by Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times. A wunderkind rapper and spoken word performer equally influenced by Wu-Tang Clan and Joyce, Bukowski and Blake; […]

NYRB’s Spring Reading

Daylight savings time = more daylight to read by, and as luck would have it New York Review Books is having their winter sale, so you have no excuse to be out of reading material. You can stock up on titles 50% off through the end of March / the beginning of actual Spring.

New Books from Harrison and McGuane

2 months agoHobbies / Fishing : MidCurrent

Two of fly fishing’s literary greats have recently released new books. Jim Harrison’s novel, “The Big Seven” is reviewed by Smith Henderson in The New York Times.  And Tom McGuane’s “Crow Fair: Stories,” released on March 3, was recently reviewed … more ?

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