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Letters: The Undead Novel

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:59
Readers respond to recent reviews of Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins,” David K. Shipler’s “Freedom of Speech” and more.







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Edna O’Brien: By the Book

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:59
The author, most recently, of “The Love Object” says Joyce staked his claim on Dublin, and it was left to Yeats, J. M. Synge and Beckett “to give us the landscape of the country in all its beauty, savagery, ghostliness and loneliness.”







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‘Do No Harm,’ by Henry Marsh

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 04:30
A neurosurgeon’s account combines biography, descriptions of operations and considerations of policy.







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ArtsBeat: Laszlo Krasznahorkai Wins Man Booker International Prize

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 09:55
Mr. Krasznahorkai, the author of “Satantango,” is the sixth winner of the award.







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ArtsBeat: Barbra Streisand Memoir Coming in 2017

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:00
Viking has acquired the memoir by the actor, singer and director.







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‘The Rocks,’ by Peter Nichols

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:30
A novel traces a couple’s long estrangement, then their courtship.







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‘England and Other Stories,’ by Graham Swift

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:30
The stories in Graham Swift’s collection find Englishmen at vulnerable points in their lives.







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ArtsBeat: MacDowell Colony Establishes Fellowship for Diversity

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:15
An anonymous $200,000 gift has helped create the Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship, named for a longtime literary agent.







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Bookends: Should There Be a Minimum Age for Writing a Memoir?

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:45
Leslie Jamison and Benjamin Moser debate whether someone should reach a certain age before writing a memoir.







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‘God Is Not Here,’ by Bill Russell Edmonds

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:30
A former military adviser in Iraq struggles to adjust to postwar life after enduring the moral complexities of combat.







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‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker,’ by Thomas Kunkel

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 04:30
A biography of Joseph Mitchell attempts to explain one of literary history’s “greatest disappearing acts.”







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ArtsBeat: Report Highlights Threats to Cartoonists Worldwide

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 23:01
The Committee to Protect Journalists report highlights the governmental and nongovernmental perils that cartoonists face.







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Joseph J. Ellis: By the Book

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:32
The historian and author, most recently, of “The Quartet” keeps Plato, Kant, Hume, Locke and Nietzsche on his shelves. “Just looking over at them reminds me that once upon a time I was a very serious young man.”







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‘Women of Will’ and ‘Shakespeare and the Countess’

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:30
Were Shakespeare’s women characters shaped by his personal experience?







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‘The Daemon Knows,’ by Harold Bloom

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 04:30
“The Daemon Knows,” Harold Bloom’s newest work of oracular criticism, contains close readings of 12 writers, including Whitman, Melville, Emerson and Faulkner.







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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Welcome to Your Obsolescence

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:37
Barbara Ehrenreich discusses “Rise of the Robots” and “Shadow Work,” and Andrew Solomon talks about Oliver Sacks’s new memoir, “On the Move.”







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‘Voices in the Night,’ by Steven Millhauser

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:29
Ordinary lives are touched by myth in Steven Millhauser’s tales.







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Editors’ Choice

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:28
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.







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Paperback Row

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:23
Paperback books of particular interest.







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Inside the List

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:08
Bill Kreutzmann, the Grateful Dead drummer whose memoir is No. 10 on the hardcover nonfiction list, once saw a scuba instructor ask Jerry Garcia for an autograph underwater.







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