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Oops! New York Times Reviewer Admits 'Fetus' Can Have Rights

Janet Maslin has been reviewing movies and books for The New York Times for several decades, and up until now she has faithfully towed the newspaper's line on abortion. Then she slipped. In a book review about a Chinese abortionist, she noted that once the "fetus" was born, "she has no right to take its life anymore."

Inside The New York Times Book Review: Elliot Ackerman’s ‘Green on Blue’

Tom Bissell discusses "Green on Blue," and John Hooper talks about "The Italians."

Oscars 2015: Plot twists and turns keep show fresh

The Nobel Prize-winning novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer used to say he liked writing for children because they didn't read the New York Times Book Review, they just liked what they liked. The same can be said for Oscar voters: They don't care about what the cottage industry of predictors says...

Review of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart is the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s young adult series The Reckoners. The second book in the trilogy, Firefight, was recently released and joined the ranks of the first book as a #1 New York Times bestseller. The conclusion, Calamity, doesn’t appear to have a release date yet. Show More Summary

The Zaha Hadid lawsuit and the critic's responsibility

Normally, I’m wary of lawsuits against critics. I think back to the case of Dan Moldea, who sued the New York Times after his book “Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football” was reviewed negatively in that paper in 1989.

National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced!

The New York Times’ ArtsBeat reminds us that the National Book Critics Circle Awards are “one of the most prestigious American literary awards…judged by a panel of critics and book review editors.” They come in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Both ArtsBeat and the LA Times report on the announcement of […]

Ending the World with Hope and Comfort

A friend pointed me toward Sigrid Nunez's New York Times review of Emily St. John Mandel's popular and award-winning novel Station Eleven. He said it expressed some of the reservations that caused me to stop reading the book, and itShow More Summary

When Writers Pick Their Favorite Books

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

In a Q&A, Pamela Paul, the editor of the New York Times Book Review's By the Book feature, talks about getting writers to talk about books, disappointing film flacks, and how the paper picks its winners.

Wieseltier on disruption

In the upcoming issue of The New York Times Book Review -- apparently the cover-review -- former The New Republic-literary editor Leon Wieseltier writes, very much, from Among the Disrupted. Despite being sympathetic to what he's arguing...Show More Summary


“Idea #2: Book opens to reveal it is hollow, contains one medium-sized onion. Review: ‘Multilayered… had me in tears.'” How to write a first novel that gets praised in the New York Times.

Those “Notable Books Lists”? They’re Useless

by Michelle Dean Those end of the year book lists are lumbering around the internet right now, coming soon to a friend’s Facebook wall near you. NPR’s list of 2014 Great Reads numbers 250; the New York Times Book Review offers the slightly more conservative 100 Notable Books of 2014. The hugeness of these lists […]

2014’s Best Book Covers

“What is the value of a book cover if fewer and fewer people shop at bookstores?” Nicholas Blechman wonders about the purpose of the book cover at The New York Times Book Review, but he also rounds up some of the best covers of 2014, including the design for Eimear McBride‘s A Girl is A […]

Sign of the Times

In the Holiday Books issue of today's New York Times Book Review, there are reviews of fourteen books about pop music and one book about jazz. In a season that brought the Library of America's Virgil Thomson volume, Ellen Harris's.....

Ayelet Waldman Has No Idea How Non-Notable It Is to Write a Novel

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

Literarily famous emotion-haver and interior decorator Ayelet Waldman got mad yesterday at the news that the novel she'd published this year, Love & Treasure, had failed to make the New York Times Book Review's list of 100 notable books of 2014. Read more...

NYTBR '100 Notable Books'

The New York Times Book Review has announced its 100 Notable Books of 2014. (I have to admit the NYTBR has become near-unfathomable to me; under Sam Tanenhaus' leadership it was at least fairly predictably off (especially regarding coverage...Show More Summary

2014’s Gender-Equitable ‘NY Times’ Year-End Book List Shows How Far We’ve Come in Just a Few Years

When I was an earnest early-20-something, I used to angrily count the gender ratio of the New York Times Book Review‘s annual “100 Notable Books” list, always sure that it would be far from 50-50. My scornful prediction inevitably proven...Show More Summary

‘The New York Times’ Reveals ’100 Notable Books of 2014? List

3 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The New York Times Book Review has unveiled its list of “100 Notable Books of 2014.” It features books from the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres. The editors of The New York Times Book Review selected the 100 titles. Follow this link to see the full list. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Best of the year lists ...

The flood of 'best of the year'-lists has begun. Among the more interesting ones are the personal recommendations from writers and critics (rather than the institutional ones, like The New York Times Book Review's ridiculous 100 notable...Show More Summary

P.D.James (1920-2014)

P.D.James has passed away -- so, lots of coverage; see, for example, obituaries in The Guardian (Richard Lea) and The New York Times (Marilyn Stasio) She was very good, and I've read almost all her books; four are under review at the complete review : Death in Holy Orders The Lighthouse The Murder Room The Private Patient

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