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‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ by Lisa Randall

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:43
Dark matter, according to Lisa Randall, may be responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and the subsequent rise of mammals.









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‘Brief Candle in the Dark,’ by Richard Dawkins

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:24
Dawkins’s second memoir plumbs his grown-up research, reflections and controversies.









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Bookends: Is It Still Possible to Be a Public Intellectual?

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 07:00
Pankaj Mishra and Alice Gregory discuss the fate of the public intellectual in an age of specialization.









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‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 18:56
Whitmarsh argues that atheism isn’t a product of the modern age but reaches back to early Western intellectual tradition in the ancient Greek world.









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‘The Complete Works of Primo Levi’

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 04:30
Three volumes bring into focus the breadth and coherence of Levi’s genius.









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‘Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal,’ by Jay Parini

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 04:30
A new biography of Gore Vidal, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, social and political player.









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‘The Money Makers,’ by Eric Rauchway

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 14:53
Monetary policy’s role in overcoming the Great Depression.









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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: David Hare’s Memoir

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 14:18
Hare discusses “The Blue Touch Paper,” and Sarah Vowell talks about “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.”









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ArtsBeat: Winnie-the-Pooh’s Skull: Relic of Inspirational Bear Goes on Display

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 13:31
The skull of Winnipeg, the bear that inspired “Winnie-the-Pooh,” has gone on display in London.









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The Shortlist: Faction

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:32
New novels include roles for Friedrich Engels, Alice James and Mark Twain.









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Author’s Note: Aural Sex

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
Audio recordings of erotic fiction are a booming business.









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‘Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty,’ by Dan Jones

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
Magna Carta’s historical importance is still debated, but the story behind it has its own merits.









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Joe Klein’s ‘Charlie Mike’

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
A group of veterans start a volunteer organization for soldiers who have returned to civilian life.









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‘Lights Out,’ by Ted Koppel

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
Ted Koppel says a cyberattack on the nation’s power sources is likely, and we’re nowhere near ready.









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Carrie Brownstein’s ‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
Brownstein’s memoir highlights the role of music in her life.









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‘Augustine: Conversions to Confessions,’ by Robin Lane Fox

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
A British historian covers roughly the first half of ­Augustine’s life, running from his youth to the writing of “Confessions.”









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Mary Beard’s ‘SPQR’ and Tom Holland’s ‘Dynasty’

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
One history of ancient Rome and another of the first five Roman emperors.









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‘These United States,’ by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore and Thomas J. Sugrue

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
Two historians offer a revisionist account of the years since 1890.









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‘Soda Politics’ and ‘Saving Gotham’

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:31
Two books examine the dire health consequences of soda, and the effort to limit them.









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Audiobooks: Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions,’ Read by John Malkovich

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:13
Malkovich reads an offbeat 1973 novel.









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