"Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation -- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world."
—William Lyon Phelps
- A Bastion for Israel, Seething Inside Sat, 08 Mar 2014 02:38:05 GMT
- A dispute over Israel at The New Republic has spilled out of the newsroom and into the public realm, leading to questions over the magazine’s new editorial stance.
- Bookshelf: A New Verdict on Tammany Hall Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:44:30 GMT
- Terry Golway of Kean University looks at the role of the Irish-dominated Democratic group in the 19th century; other authors explore getting an entertainment job and a notorious murder case.
- Sherwin B. Nuland, Author of ‘How We Die,’ Is Dead at 83 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:37:50 GMT
- Dr. Nuland’s book, which won the National Book Award in 1994, depicted death as messy and often humiliating, and it urged readers to approach late-life care with tempered expectations.
- ArtsBeat: Donna Tartt and Eleanor Catton Among Nominees for Women’s Fiction Prize Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:39:21 GMT
- The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize until last year.
- T Magazine: J.P. Donleavy is Still Standing Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:19:12 GMT
- At 87, the author of the best-selling cult novel ‘The Ginger Man’ merrily lives as a semi-reclusive gentlemen farmer in shabby Grey Gardens-style splendor on his Irish estate. Meet America’s pre-eminent literary bohemian.
- ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Redeployment’ Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:00:06 GMT
- Phil Klay, a former marine who served in Iraq, discusses his new collection of short stories.
- Inside the List Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:54:52 GMT
- One story in Lorrie Moore’s collection “Bark,” which enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 13, was written as a direct tribute to Nabokov.
- ‘Bread and Butter,’ by Michelle Wildgen Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:54:26 GMT
- A novel about sibling rivalry in the restaurant business.
- ‘Quesadillas,’ by Juan Pablo Villalobos Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:54:13 GMT
- A dark satire of corruption and poverty in 1980s Mexico.
- Michio Kaku’s ‘Future of the Mind’ Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:53:59 GMT
- Having already explored the possibilities of space travel and nanotechnology, Michio Kaku turns his attention to the human mind.
- ‘Children of Paradise,’ by Fred D’Aguiar Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:52:58 GMT
- Fred D’Aguiar’s novel reimagines the 1978 murder-suicide ritual in Jonestown, Guyana.
- ‘The Splendid Things We Planned,’ by Blake Bailey Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:52:38 GMT
- A noted biographer turns his lens on his own dysfunctional family.
- Justin Hocking’s ‘Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld’ Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:52:25 GMT
- Justin Hocking on riding the waves at Far Rockaway.
- ‘The Tooth Fairy,’ by Clifford Chase Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:52:08 GMT
- A memoir in excerpts from letters, conversations and dreams.
- ‘The Double Life of Paul de Man,’ by Evelyn Barish Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:51:29 GMT
- A study of a literary scholar who was also a World War II collaborator, bigamist and con man.