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For Perry Link, it was embarrassing to read Eileen Chang for the first time, because her work revealed things about China it took him too long to learn on his own. In The New York Review of Books, he writes about how Naked Earth, which the magazine’s publishing arm is republishing in June, cut through […]

Rise of the Robots: How 'The Job-Eating Maw Of Technology Threatens Even The Nimblest And Most Expensively Educated,' Including Lawyers

New York Times Sunday Book Review, ‘Rise of the Robots’ and ‘Shadow Work’: In the late 20th century, while the blue-collar working class gave way to the forces of globalization and automation, the educated elite looked on with benign condescension. Too bad for those people whose jobs were mindless enough...

Literature as a Chain Letter Among Friends

Over the weekend, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan lightly chided the editorial staff of the paper’s book review for a perceived imbalance in the way it chooses its reviewers. At issue is a question of intimacy or closeness. … Read More

The New York Times Book Review Hires Friends Of Writers To Review Books Sometimes, But Is That OK?

“A personal connection with the author, or well-known strong feelings on the book’s subject, may actually be considered a positive, or at least not a disqualifier, Ms. Paul told me. … Landing an accomplished reviewer who will write a provocative, well-informed piece ‘is what gets us excited,’ she said.”

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Odd Woman and the City’ by Vivian Gornick

Ms. Gornick’s memoir is in part about futility, New York City, friendship, sex, intellection, class, the feminist movement of the 1970s and living alone. It’s a slim book with big echoes.

The New York Times Would Like You to Know It Totally Kinda Thought the Same Thing as Hersh

Seymour Hersh’s London Review of Books piece was looking to make waves when he questioned the truthfulness of the story of Osama bin Laden’s death in May 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Hersh did manage to raise fundamental questions about...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

This is guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The New York Times Dealbook has a review of the new book, Misbehaving, by Richard Thaler, discussing how behavioral economics developed in contrast to the “rational choice” perspective of … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Cozy: New York Times Love-Bombs Its Own Columnist David Brooks in Book Review Pages

While The New York Times routinely ignores best-selling books by conservative authors like Mark Levin, the fake conservative the Times selected for their own editorial page received a rave review for his latest book in Sunday’s BookShow More Summary

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

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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

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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

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