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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest


NYT Book News

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ Focuses on Another Apple Era  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:25:40 GMT
“Becoming Steve Jobs,” a new biography by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, focuses on the period between Mr. Jobs’s first and second stints as Apple’s leader.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Brothers’ and the Boston Marathon Bombing  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:40:28 GMT
The Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen explains how the American dream went so wrong for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers linked to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Arts, Briefly: Globally Minded Books Win Bancroft Prize  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:32:49 GMT
Books on the international cotton trade and on the shipboard slave revolt that inspired Herman Melville’s short story “Benito Cereno” have won this year’s prize.

ArtsBeat: Ready Thyself for an All-Night Philosophy Jam  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:47:08 GMT
At “A Night of Philosophy,” more than 60 philosophers will hold forth on knotty problems in logic, ethics, metaphysics and religion

T Magazine: Alex Garland’s Sci-Fi Faves  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:32:10 GMT
Here, the screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Dredd” on his five favorite genre offerings.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ Delves Into Infamy in the Age of Social Media  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:46:01 GMT
Jon Ronson examines public missteps and the revenge they attracted, trying to grasp some sense of proportion between the two, or at least figure out the rules of the game.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The American People, Volume 1’ by Larry Kramer Retells History With Passion  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:34:38 GMT
Many histories of gay men in America begin with the Stonewall riots, but Mr. Kramer’s novel rewinds to prehistoric monkeys swapping viruses in the jungle.

Tomas Transtromer, Swedish Poet Who Won Nobel, Dies at 83  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:58:39 GMT
Mr. Transtromer was known for his spare yet evocative imagery and his explorations of identity.
T Magazine: The Writer’s Room  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:18:49 GMT
Surrounded by photographs, family mementos and the clamor of everyday life, seven authors offer a glimpse into the spaces where they create.

ArtsBeat: Fancy Nancy Lands a TV Deal With Disney  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:18:03 GMT
Disney Junior will make an animated television movie and weekly show from the best-selling “Fancy Nancy” book series.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘The Folded Clock’  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:51:47 GMT
Heidi Julavits discusses “The Folded Clock”; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; Jeffrey Lieberman talks about “Shrinks”; and Gregory Cowles has best-seller news.

‘Washington’s Revolution,’ by Robert Middlekauff  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:39:42 GMT
Despite a ragtag army, Washington plotted the way to victory.

Kent Russell’s ‘I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son’  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:39:14 GMT
Essays consider a range of American masculinities, especially at home.

‘The Upstairs Wife,’ by Rafia Zakaria  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:38:28 GMT
A personal look at the place of women in Pakistani culture.

‘The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot,’ by Blaine Harden  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:36:35 GMT
A pilot escapes North Korea in the Cold War’s early days.