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"All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value."

—Carl Sagan (b. 1934) American astronomer noted for research for extraterrestrial life


NYT Book News

A Dylan Thomas Centennial in New York  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:10:38 GMT
The 92nd Street Y is marking the centennial of Dylan Thomas’s birth with an exhibition and a revival of his 1953 radio play “Under Milk Wood” this weekend.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:28:30 GMT
Mr. Risen discusses his new book about the war on terror, and Lucy Worsley talks about “The Art of the English Murder.”

ArtsBeat: Changing the Debate: Katha Pollitt Talks About ‘Pro’  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25:30 GMT
Ms. Pollitt discusses her new book about the pro-choice side’s tactics in the abortion debate.

Art and Outrage  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:02:23 GMT
New books that circumvent established norms and smash accepted verities to smithereens.
Ali Mazrui, Scholar of Africa Who Divided U.S. Audiences, Dies at 81  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:58:59 GMT
Professor Mazrui, who had taught since 1989 at Binghamton University, set off national criticism with his 1986 television documentary, “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.”

Critic's Take: Art of Darkness  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:08 GMT
Must the revolutionary artist ignore the basic laws of decency that govern our world in order to transform that world?
‘The Immortal Evening,’ by Stanley Plumly  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:44:52 GMT
Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb attend a famous dinner party.
‘The Poet and the Vampyre,’ by Andrew McConnell Stott  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:44:36 GMT
An 1816 “ghost story” contest had lasting literary consequences.
Jean Thompson’s ‘The Witch: And Other Tales Re-told’  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:57 GMT
Folk and fairy tales are loosely reimagined and rendered with scrupulous realism.
‘Ghosts: A Natural History,’ by Roger Clarke  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:39 GMT
A 500-year history of apparitions, poltergeists, séances and our longing to believe in the paranormal.
Edward St. Aubyn’s ‘On the Edge’  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:16 GMT
In Edward St. Aubyn’s novel, a large cast of seekers cross paths at Esalen.
The Shortlist: Chuck Palahniuk's 'Beautiful You,' and More  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:25:56 GMT
New books by Chuck Palahniuk, Merritt Tierce, David Ohle and Fred Venturini.
Open Book: Spooky Suggestions  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:11:02 GMT
Four reviewers share their memories of reading creepy books.
Horror Novels: Reviews of Anne Rice's 'Prince Lestat,' and More  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:31 GMT
Reviews of Anne Rice’s “Prince Lestat” and several novels about middle-class domestic anxiety.
Nordic Noir: New Books by Karin Fossum, Jens Lapidus and More  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:06 GMT
New mysteries by Karin Fossum, Jens Lapidus and more.