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‘The Festival of Insignificance,’ by Milan Kundera

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 04:30
Five friends in Paris stave off the seriousness of life in Milan Kundera’s latest novel.







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ArtsBeat: Reading About Racial Boundaries

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:10
Passing is a longstanding theme in American fiction and the subject of several riveting nonfiction books.







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ArtsBeat: Philip Larkin to Get a Memorial Stone in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 13:24
The British poet Philip Larkin, who died in 1985, will be honored at Westminster Abbey next year.







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ArtsBeat: MGM Buys Rights to ‘Primates of Park Avenue’

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:28
The book about Upper East Side wives was the subject of interest from several studios.







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Bookends: Is Self-Loathing a Requirement for Writers?

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Thomas Mallon and Anna Holmes discuss the role of self-hatred in creativity.







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Jonathan Galassi’s ‘Muse’

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 04:30
Jonathan Galassi’s novel of the world of literary publishing revolves around a rock-star poet.







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Vivian Gornick’s ‘The Odd Woman and the City’

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 00:33
Vivian Gornick’s memoir looks at the writer’s quotidian life and quirky encounters in New York.







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‘Why Grow Up?’ by Susan Neiman

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:34
In her new book, the philosopher Susan Neiman takes on the predicament of maturity in an “infantile age” that dates back to the 18th century.







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‘How to Raise an Adult,’ by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:29
Julie Lythcott-Haims cautions against helicopter parenting that keeps kids from growing up.







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Author’s Note: Surveillance States

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 17:31
The author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” on writing under the eye of a watchful government.







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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Stalin’s Daughter’

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 17:09
Rosemary Sullivan discusses “Stalin’s Daughter,” Eugenia Cheng talks about “How to Bake Pi” and Judd Apatow on his reading habits.







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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:14
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.







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Inside the List

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:07
Judy Blume, whose adult novel “In the Unlikely Event” is No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list, had two million books in print in 1976, well before The Times had a children’s best-seller list.







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‘Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist,’ by Pierre Birnbaum

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:00
Léon Blum led France to reform in the Depression era.







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‘It Starts With Trouble,’ by Clark Davis

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:54
William Goyen’s work harks back to his East Texas roots.







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‘Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead,’ by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:49
What it will take to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure.







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‘How to Bake Pi,’ by Eugenia Cheng

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:39
Recipes for tapping the logic and beauty of mathematics.







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Open Book: The Friendly, Heavy Skies

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:33
A new oversize book showcases advertisements for air travel in the postwar years.







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Paperback Row

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:32
Paperback books of particular interest.







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‘The Dorito Effect,’ by Mark Schatzker

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:26
Food producers focus on factors such as yield, at the expense of flavor.







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