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"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


NYT Book News

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.