"Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there, in the room, talking to you, which is why I don't like to read good books."
—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit
- Lois Wallace, a Respected Agent of Prominent Authors, Dies at 73 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:18:41 GMT
- Ms. Wallace formed a small but prestigious literary agency that represented Erich Segal, William F. Buckley Jr., Joan Didion and Don DeLillo.
- Books of The Times: Nikil Saval’s ‘Cubed’ Tells the History of the Modern Workplace Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:44:01 GMT
- Nikil Saval’s new book, “Cubed,” explains the history of the modern office, and what it means that about 60 percent of us wound up in cubicles.
- Alistair MacLeod, a Novelist in No Hurry, Dies at 77 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:19:33 GMT
- Mr. MacLeod, a Canadian author, won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2001 for his novel “No Great Mischief.”
- Matthew Weiner: By the Book Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:12:57 GMT
- The creator of “Mad Men” cites the impact of John Cheever’s fiction on the show: “Cheever has a voice filled with irony and comedy and pain that, on some level, I’m always seeking to emulate.”
- ArtsBeat: A Sad and Remarkable Life: Breanne Fahs Talks About ‘Valerie Solanas’ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:33:23 GMT
- Ms. Fahs discusses the life and work of the radical thinker who shot Andy Warhol.
- James Baldwin, Born 90 Years Ago, Is Fading in Classrooms Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:01 GMT
- James Baldwin, the Harlem-born author of the classic “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” was born 90 years ago this year, and educators are trying to inspire renewed interest in his work.
- Currents: Books: Essentially Japanese Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:57:49 GMT
- “Wa: The Essence of Japanese Design,” written by Kenya Hara, presents classic objects created over the past six centuries.
- ‘Fallout,’ by Sadie Jones, and More Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:15:31 GMT
- Anger, anguish, infidelity and the limits of wealth are among the themes explored in six new novels this month.
- Books of The Times: ‘Rebel Music,’ by Hisham D. Aidi Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:51:25 GMT
- “Rebel Music” by Hisham D. Aidi, describes the eagerness of young Muslims in every culture to find musical expression that feels like a safe haven in a combative world.
- Richard H. Hoggart, 95, ‘Chatterley’ Defender, Dies Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:45:56 GMT
- In a landmark obscenity case, Professor Hoggart stepped up to defend an explicit novel that was censored in Britain for more than three decades.
- ArtsBeat: Dodge Poetry Festival Set to Return to Newark Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:17:36 GMT
- The festival will include former poets laureate and a tribute to Amiri Baraka.
- ArtsBeat: A New Class of American Academy Fellows Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:00 GMT
- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 204 new members, including Al Pacino and Jules Feiffer.
- ArtsBeat: Poetry Profiles: Louisiana State University Press Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:05:30 GMT
- An interview with MaryKatherine Callaway, the director of LSU Press.
- Children’s Books: ‘The Day I Lost My Superpowers’ and ‘Flight School’ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:15:00 GMT
- Two new books remind us that children’s outsize desires are often best fulfilled imaginatively.
- Critic’s Notebook: ‘All God’s Dangers,’ a Forgotten Autobiography Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:29:16 GMT
- “All God’s Dangers,” a sharecropper’s story that won a National Book Award in 1975, still rings true 40 years later.