"There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind."
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) English society figure, letter writer
- Books of The Times: ‘On Immunity: An Inoculation,’ by Eula Biss Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:14:28 GMT
- Eula Biss examines beliefs about filth and purity, from environmental toxins to vaccinations, in “On Immunity: An Inoculation.”
- Bookends: ‘The Giving Tree’: Tender Story of Unconditional Love or Disturbing Tale of Selfishness? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:03 GMT
- Anna Holmes and Rivka Galchen reconsider Shel Silverstein’s classic, published 50 years ago.
- ArtsBeat: Kirkus Announces Finalists for Book Prizes Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:24 GMT
- Siri Hustvedt, Dinaw Mengestu, Roz Chast and Thomas Piketty are among the finalists for the first annual awards.
- Books of The Times: ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ a Memoir by Charles M. Blow Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:56:26 GMT
- “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” a memoir by Charles M. Blow, reveals his struggles with the standards of race and masculinity while growing up in small-town rural Louisiana.
- Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:00:25 GMT
- Many more writers have signed on to Authors United, a group not only challenging Amazon on its Hachette dealings, but also asking federal authorities to investigate it on antitrust matters.
- Turning a Book Tour Into a Literary Circus (and a Hot Ticket) Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:02:40 GMT
- Now in author mode, the young TV star and filmmaker Lena Dunham is promoting her book of essays on a tour that includes literary authors and performances by “remarkable, special weirdos.”
- Television Review: ‘The 50 Year Argument,’ an HBO Documentary Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:31:17 GMT
- “The 50 Year Argument,” directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, looks at the history of The New York Review of Books.
- Books of The Times: In ‘Lila,’ Marilynne Robinson Gives a Prequel to ‘Gilead’ Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:21:23 GMT
- In “Lila,” Marilynne Robinson tells the back story of the heroine in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Gilead.”
- The Anonymous Literary Salon in a Brooklyn Bar Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:36:53 GMT
- A bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hosts short-story workshops where the authors are anonymous.
- Paul Thomas Anderson Films ‘Inherent Vice’ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:25:03 GMT
- One mystery in “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is whether the author makes an appearance.
- ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Texting While Driving Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:13:32 GMT
- Matt Richtel discusses “A Deadly Wandering,” and Mark Edmundson talks about “Why Football Matters.”
- Literary Biography of Jonathan Franzen to Appear Next Year Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:40:54 GMT
- The author of four novels, Mr. Franzen is the focus of a Swarthmore College English professor who has also studied Faulkner, Proust and Kafka.
- Editors’ Choice Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:08:42 GMT
- Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
- Paperback Row Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:49:33 GMT
- Paperback books of particular interest.
- The Shortlist: Jessie Burton's 'The Miniaturist' and More Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:35:21 GMT
- New books by Jessie Burton, Alix Christie, Rosie Thomas and Katy Simpson Smith.