"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple
- Frederic Morton, Author Who Chronicled the Rothschilds, Dies at 90 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:24:00 GMT
- Mr. Morton, who as a child fled Austria and the Nazis with his family, often wrote about his homeland, in both fiction and nonfiction books.
- Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Look Who’s Back,’ Hitler Returns and He’s Amusing Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:21:29 GMT
- Timur Vermes’s debut novel has created a sensation in Germany, been translated into many languages and generated endless essays asking whether it’s acceptable to laugh about Hitler.
- Books of The Times: Review: Oliver Sacks Looks at His Life in ‘On the Move’ Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:03:57 GMT
- His time grown short, Dr. Sacks describes an existence of work, writing and shyness.
- ArtsBeat: A New Anthology Will Pay Tribute to ‘Peanuts’ and Charles Schulz Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:59:29 GMT
- A 112-page hardcover by a team of contributors will include new comic strips and short stories, pinups and recollections of the influence of Snoopy and of Schulz.
- ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘One of Us’ Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:40:02 GMT
- Eric Schlosser discusses Asne Seierstad’s “One of Us,” and Meghan O’Rourke talks about Elizabeth Alexander’s “The Light of the World.”
- Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:50:05 GMT
- The novelists withdrew out of discomfort with the magazine’s perceived cultural intolerance, and what some saw as a particular glee in beating up on France’s vulnerable Muslim minority.
- ‘The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964,’ by Zachary Leader Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:02 GMT
- The first volume of Zachary Leader’s biography of Saul Bellow ends in 1964, with the publication of “Herzog.”
- ‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:30:01 GMT
- Martin Amis reviews a new collection of Saul Bellow’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews and speeches.
- ‘Infamy’ and ‘The Train to Crystal City’ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:22:00 GMT
- Two books about the internment of Japanese- (and sometimes German-) Americans during World War II.
- ArtsBeat: Alabama Town Loses Rights to Produce Play of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:42:33 GMT
- The Monroeville, Ala. museum that produces the theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel announced that it has lost licensing rights.
- Inside the List Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:30:02 GMT
- Cokie Roberts’s “Capital Dames,” No. 10 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is about powerful women in Washington during the Civil War era.
- Paperback Row Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT
- Paperback books of particular interest.
- Editors’ Choice Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT
- Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
- Open Book: Sing, O Muse Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:27:01 GMT
- If National Poetry Month is partly intended to encourage poetry’s engagement with contemporary culture, two young poets reviewed in this issue are doing their part.
- ‘The Longest August,’ About India and Pakistan, by Dilip Hiro Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:27:01 GMT
- Dilip Hiro probes the cultural and strategic differences underpinning the India-Pakistan conflict.