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Books of The Times: Review: A Corrupt Cop Is Up Against the Wall in Don Winslow’s ‘The Force’

A police task force leader and his crew aren’t much better than the criminals they pursue in this gritty thriller, set in New York.

The Secret Promo Power of Obscure Media Outlets

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Deep down inside we writers know that those pie-in-the-sky dreams we all harbor of getting our books reviewed by the New York Times, or featured in Oprah Magazine or on NPR’s Fresh Air are, for the most part, just that: pie-in-the-sky-dreams.  A few years back here on Writer Unboxed I gave a glimpse of why. But […]

Charles Simmons, Novelist And Satirist, Dead At 92

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"[His] five critically acclaimed novels included a savage sendup of The New York Times Book Review, where he had worked as an editor for three decades."

Charles Simmons, Novelist and Critic, Dies at 92

The writer, who once worked at the The New York Times Book Review, published a sendup of his former employer in the novel “The Belle Lettres Papers.”

The Best Work I Saw at the NYT Portfolio Review, Part 2

  Today was meant to be a book review. Aaron Hardin, whom I met at the New York Times portfolio review in late April, had given me a copy of his self-published photo-book, “The 13th Spring.” Aaron’s a Southern photographer who got an MFA from the Hartford low-residency program, and lives in Tennessee, where he […]

Busy Tom!: Book reviews, a call for Gen. McMaster to step down, and talking this week in Seattle, Portland, SF, and LA

The "New York Times Book Review" on Sunday ran another of my big surveys of new books about military history.

NY Times Protects Obama's Phony Memoir, But Mocks Sasse for His 'Phony Adversity'

Sunday's New York Times Book Review displayed the newspaper's liberal tilt in two book reviews, side by side. On the left, Times editorialist Brent Staples lined up for another review lashing into David Garrow's Rising Star and defending Barack Obama and his highly fictional memoir Dreams from My Father. Show More Summary

NYT Hammers Biased Fox News for Daring to Attack ‘Centrist’ Clinton

In the New York Times Sunday Review, chief Hillary Clinton campaign reporter Amy Chozick (who is writing a book on the campaign) tells tales from the makeup room at sexist, biased Fox News in “Hillary, Roger, and Me.” The story’s text...Show More Summary

Mother Land review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Paul Theroux's latest novel, Mother Land, just out in the US (though only due in the UK in the fall). Stephen King reviewed it in The New York Times Book Review -- on Mother's Day -- though otherwise it hasn't gotten much coverage yet.

"A Delightful, Warm, and Totally Unpretentious Book About Books"

A conversation between Pamela Paul of The New York Times Book Review and Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See.

Stranger Alum Gets Name Checked Twice in New York Times Book Review

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Christopher Frizzelle Can't remember seeing this before: the same book mentioned for "the last book that made you laugh" and "the last book that made you cry." In case you've been living under a rock (welcome out!), Lindy West isShow More Summary

New York Times Picks 'Book Slut' to Slam Ivanka Book as Like Work of a 'Demented 12-Year-Old'

The New York Times knew exactly who was the perfect reviewer for the new Ivanka Trump book on Women Who Work. It was a radical feminist writer named Jessa Crispin, whose Twitter account is “The Book Slut.” What are the chances we’re going to get a thumbs-down? 100 percent. Show More Summary

Notes of a Crocodile review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Qiu Miaojin's Notes of a Crocodile, just out from New York Review Books. (It's also reviewed in today's issue of The New York Times Book Review !) This Taiwanese author,...Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump's Book Uses Toni Morrison Quote To Equate Busyness With Slavery

One of the less brutal reviews of Ivanka Trump’s book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, penned by The New York Times’ Jennifer Senior, described it as “a strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes.” Indeed, Trump does begin each chapter with a snippet of wisdom from a woman she, presumably, admires. Show More Summary

Dwight Garner Reviews Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy

Dwight Garner contributed a fabulous, thoughtful review of Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy to the New York Times’s “Books” section yesterday. We’ve posted a little bit about Lockwood’s memoir already, on these pages, but this is the famed New York Times critic’s first glance. He writes, “Lockwood’s prose is cute and dirty and innocent and experienced, […]

Ivanka’s Guide to Having It All

The New York Times reviews Ivanka Trump’s new book, Women Who Work: It’s in her description of her daily life, in which she somehow — until the election, anyway — managed to run her own company, serve as an executive [...]

Jack Kirby's glorious comic book experiment

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

I recently re-stumbled across John Hodgman's fantastic review of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus from 2008, which appeared in the New York Times. Kirby was known as the "King" of comics. He co-created Captain America in the 1940s,Show More Summary

Shorties (An Interview with Paul Auster, Stephin Merritt on Writing, and more)

Hazlitt interviewed author Paul Auster. The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields about writing. The New York Times shared a primer of resistance poetry. Stream a new How To Dress Well song. The Los Angeles...

'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Unequivocally A Story By, For And About Women

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

With the much-awaited release of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” only four days away, much has been said in the past 24 hours about who the story, in both its book and TV show form, is for. In Saturday’s New York Times review, executive...Show More Summary

TV Review: At least Oprah shines in the scattered, schmaltzy Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

There’s a reason Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks spent six years on The New York Times bestseller list. It deftly tells an engrossing story of science, race, and family, Skloot’s first-person perspective carefully unpacking how one woman’s exploitation reverberates through her children 50 years later. Show More Summary

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