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Are Novels Trapped by the Present? 2020-02-12 06:00:00Lauren Oyler reviews the novel “Weather,” by Jenny Offill, and discusses how authors tackle representing the present in their works.

“With the Beatles,” by Haruki Murakami 2020-02-10 06:00:00Fiction by Haruki Murakami: “Had she vanished, like smoke? Or, on that early-autumn afternoon, had I seen not a real person but a vision of some

When Historical Fiction Goes Magical 2020-02-10 06:00:00James Wood writes about the novelist Daniel Kehlmann, who evokes an era of doctrinal fervor—and brings to life a mythical trickster. 

The Terror and the Fascination of Pompeii 2020-02-10 06:00:00Pliny’s eyewitness account of the 79 A.D. Vesuvius eruption tells us what happened, but the archeological remains conjure with agonizing in

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-02-10 06:00:00“Love Unknown,” “Usual Cruelty,” “The Black Cathedral,” and “This Is Happiness.”

Haruki Murakami on How Memory Can Trigger a 2020-02-10 06:00:00The author Haruki Murakami discusses “With the Beatles,” his story from the February 17, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.

Yuval Noah Harari Gives the Really Big Picture 2020-02-10 06:00:00Ian Parker on Harari’s best-seller “Sapiens,” which suggests that, in the larger scheme of things, many of our political strugg

Johnny Cash’s Gospel 2020-02-09 06:00:00Casey Cep writes about the book “Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel According to Johnny Cash,” by Richard Beck, about Johnny Cash&rsquo

Sunday Reading: At the Movies, 2020 Oscars Edition 2020-02-09 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive, profiles and reviews of some of the directors and films nominated for the ninety-second Academy Awards, by Mark S

A New Book on Elena Ferrante Rethinks What 2020-02-06 12:00:00Katy Waldman reviews “The Ferrante Letters,” a book of “collective criticism” from the authors and academics Sarah Chihaya, Me

Putting Elena Ferrante on the Stage 2020-02-05 10:00:00Anna Russell on the British playwright April De Angelis’s theatre adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.

The Seriousness of George Steiner 2020-02-05 06:00:00Adam Gopnik writes about the critic George Steiner, who has died, about about the impact of his intellectual work in the academy and in the popular pr

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He raised his son to love wild places. 2020-02-12 18:38:32Explorer and biologist Roman Dial reflects on parenting in this memoir of the search for his son, who vanished while solo hiking in Costa Rica.

‘The Contact Paradox’ sums up the search for 2020-02-12 18:19:46Keith Cooper traces the history of humanity’s irrepressible urge to search for extraterrestrial intelligence – and the trouble it could ge

The 10 best books of February 2020 2020-02-12 13:40:04Our picks include a novel about two fathers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; a tale of a rogue naturalist, and a biography of Emily Dickinson.

How 'American Dirt' controversy could change publishing industry 2020-02-12 12:29:22The "American Dirt" uproar is prompting the book industry to review, reenforce, and revamp plans to become more diverse and inclusive. The publishin

Need a love poem for your valentine? 2020-02-10 08:00:06Poet and reviewer Elizabeth Lund shares her favorite collections of verse, perfect for reading aloud with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

Egg poacher runs amok in thrilling true story 2020-02-10 08:00:04Joshua Hammer builds a propulsive story around a rogue naturalist who supplies a global black market for wild falcon eggs.

When electricity comes to a quiet Irish village 2020-02-04 16:14:32Niall Williams’ “This Is Happiness” weighs a traditional way of life against the costs of modernization, and cherishes simple daily

Joan Harrison emerges from Hitchcock’s shadow in ‘Phantom 2020-02-04 15:21:42Film historian Christina Lane pays tribute to the trailblazing producer Joan Harrison, the woman behind Alfred Hitchcock.

‘The Wrong Kind of Women’ looks at Hollywood’s 2020-02-04 14:34:00Naomi McDougall Jones condemns a lack of gender equality in the film and TV industry, but she also applauds the gains that women have made.

What makes a strong America? Strong Americans. (audio) 2020-02-03 12:10:00In their book, “Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope,” Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn show a country in crisis. But they also offer

‘American Dirt’: Beyond the controversy, a flawed but 2020-01-30 17:18:00Jeanine Cummins’ book may encourage readers to see commonalities such as the universal desire to find safety and home.

‘American Dirt’: Who gets to tell your story? 2020-01-30 14:02:00The publisher of Jeanine Cummins’ novel “American Dirt” canceled her book tour Wednesday, saying she has received death threats.

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What Do We Want History to Do to 2020-02-06 03:30:08Kara Walker operates on the premise that when you make history truly visible, both your own and that of your people or nation, there exists a challeng

And the Oscar Goes to… A Simplified Story 2020-02-06 02:00:54The Cave and For Sama may also strike a nerve with US audiences because they flatter a penitential strain among many American liberals: the belief tha

Young Woman from the Provinces 2020-02-06 02:00:41Susan Sontag began to read philosophy and criticism as a teenager at North Hollywood High, when she still signed her editorials in the school newspape

The Devourer 2020-02-06 02:00:19Marie NDiaye is so intelligent, so composed, so good, that any description of her work feels like an understatement. “Stop reading this review,

Waste Not, Shop Not 2020-02-06 02:00:03If one is to judge fashion by glossy magazines, there are really only three major questions of importance: (1) leopard print or not, (2) sexy being &l

Can Journalism Be Saved? 2020-02-06 02:00:03The question arises at this point, why are there so many black sheep in journalism? Why so many “fakes”? Why is the epidemic of “yel

Waterlines: On Writing and Sailing 2020-02-05 02:00:39A boat, like a piece of writing, is first of all conceived as a structure. Whether it is a cargo ship, an ocean liner, a ferry, or a pleasure boat, ea

Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown 2020-02-04 03:09:06There is the online reality, the reality portrayed by state media, and the reality I’m living in Shiyan, in the same province as Wuhan, the epic

The Trump–Netanyahu Plan to Force Arab Population Transfer 2020-02-03 07:33:57The Triangle area encompasses around 300,000 citizens of Israel, nearly all of whom are of Palestinian descent from families who lived in Israel prior

‘A Delightful Flurry of Movement’: Dances to Bach 2020-02-01 02:00:33Simone Dinnerstein anchors New Work for Goldberg Variations from center stage, where she plays Bach’s familiar score from a glossy black piano,

Corruption with No Consequences, from Bridgegate to Impeachment 2020-01-31 12:45:52The traffic scheme on the George Washington Bridge also had a more general purpose: to telegraph to every other Democratic official in New Jersey that

The US–Saudi Story, Through the Eyes of an 2020-01-31 02:00:02You see, I was a fully indoctrinated company kid; I believed wholeheartedly that the United States and Saudi Arabia had a “special relationship&

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Word Of Faith's Pattern Of Abuse 'Got Worse 2020-02-17 05:04:00Pulitzer Prize winner Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr detail the alleged secret life of abuse in the Word Of Faith Fellowship: "They take more and more

In 'The Only Child,' The Thrills Might Be 2020-02-16 07:00:30Mi-Ae Seo's novel has a great premise: The Bad Seed meets The Silence of the Lambs. But this tale of a psychologist and her creepy stepdaughter is ha

Comedian Tommy Davidson Talks New Book, 'In Living 2020-02-15 17:17:00NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with comedian Tommy Davidson about his new book, Living in Color: What's Funny About Me.

Early Novel Written By Free Black Woman Called 2020-02-15 07:00:37In 1859, Harriet E. Wilson published a book about life as an indentured servant in New Hampshire. It remains an obscure classic because it challenges

'The Boatman's Daughter' Dips Her Toes In Horror, 2020-02-15 07:00:07Andy Davidson's novel follows a young girl who scrapes a living working for local criminals along an Arkansas river — but its crime story bumps

Writer Nick Hornby On 'High Fidelity' And Pop 2020-02-14 13:52:22Hornby's 1995 novel about a record shop owner was made into a film in 2000. Now it's been adapted and updated into a new Hulu series, starring Zo&eu

Keeping The Dark At Bay: A 2020 Poetry 2020-02-13 07:00:00Poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher presents his annual roundup of the poetry he's looking forward to. This year, he's showcasing a group of poets

'Djinn Patrol' Captures The Lost Light Of India's 2020-02-12 13:23:00Deepa Anappara's debut novel defies characterization. Set in a sprawling Indian slum, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line centers on a trio of kids who v

'Watergate Girl' Offers An Inside Look At The 2020-02-12 13:23:00In her memoir, Jill Wine-Banks talks about confronting Nixon White House insiders on the witness stand, enduring sexism in the courtroom and how the W

Author Says 'Mixed Solutions Can Feel Like A 2020-02-12 11:11:15Journalist Conor Dougherty doesn't traffic radical ideas in Golden Gates, but tells the story of housing in all its complexity, acknowledging that im

'And I Do Not Forgive You' Pokes Piquant 2020-02-12 07:00:26Amber Sparks' new story collection is full of vivid language, compelling imagery, sharp wit and tenderness; many of the pieces also share a thread of

'Little Legends' Celebrates Big Lives Of Black History 2020-02-12 05:06:00Vashti Harrison's new picture book showcases black leaders throughout American history — but not just the big names. She also focuses on artist

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