"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves."
—Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) British writer, A Room with a View
- Bookends: Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:02 GMT
- Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition.
- ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:43:42 GMT
- Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.
- ArtsBeat: Strong Sales for ‘Hedwig’ on Broadway Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:19:31 GMT
- John Cameron Mitchell returned to the role he created in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” sparking strong sales. “Honeymoon in Vegas” saw modest sales after strong reviews.
- Books of The Times: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:03:01 GMT
- Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir, “Guantánamo Diary,” was published after a seven-year legal battle and with heavy redactions from military censors.
- Bookshelf: Books About New York and the Underground Railroad, and Urban Upheaval Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:52:00 GMT
- A book by a Columbia University historian on New York’s integral role in the Underground Railroad, and another which invokes artistic expression to vividly recreate a gritty and pivotal era of urban tumult.
- ‘Modernity Britain: 1957-1962,’ by David Kynaston Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:23 GMT
- David Kynaston’s multivolume history of postwar Britain continues in this tapestry of political, socioeconomic and cultural change.
- Open Book: Immersive History Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:06:06 GMT
- David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.
- The Shortlist: ‘The Greatest Knight,’ by Thomas Asbridge, and More Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:50 GMT
- New books about the Plantagenets and the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell and more.
- Esther Freud’s ‘Mr. Mac and Me’ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:05:02 GMT
- In Esther Freud’s novel, an artistic boy befriends the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1914.
- Ben Metcalf’s ‘Against the Country’ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:04:55 GMT
- Ben Metcalf’s novel, set in Virginia, takes issue with the American idealization of the back-to-the-land life.
- ‘The Season of Migration,’ by Nellie Hermann Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:18 GMT
- A novel of van Gogh’s anguished time in Belgium.
- ‘Van Gogh,’ by Julian Bell Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:07 GMT
- Julian Bell looks at van Gogh’s brief, explosively creative life.
- ‘Offcomer,’ by Jo Baker Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:38:09 GMT
- The protagonist of Jo Baker’s first novel is an Oxford graduate working at a Belfast pub.
- Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:59 GMT
- In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.
- Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:37:46 GMT
- Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.