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Mary Karr's Truth

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.06.2016 | Books
Brooke Warner

Mary is advocating that writers not be chained to exactitudes. But in giving this kind of permission, she is opening the door to a small battleground where absolutists are going to have a field day with her. For black-and-white thinkers there is truth or not truth.

Reviewer Prejudice at the New York Times?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

Reviewers like Maslin just don't know what they're missing, and they're cheating their readers. Stephen King made Maslin's list. Really? Readers would somehow have missed that he had a new book out?

Don't Be Held Hostage By Reviewers

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.10.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Wannabe authors imagine that once they get published, life will be glorious. That's because they haven't thought much about bad reviews. Every author gets them, and sometimes they're crushing.

Joyce Carol Oates: A Widow's Derangement

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

A Widow's Story is called a memoir, but the word seems too slight for the grandeur of what Joyce Carol Oates does in this work of startling intimacy, humanity, humility, and wisdom.

Great Titles to Add to the NYT Best of 2010 Lists

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In a year when so many good books were published, my own list of the best of 2010 includes some truly great books missing from the NYT collection.

So Many Selves, So Little Time

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

President Obama is a Kenyan or a Muslim -- or a Kenyan Muslim -- masquerading as an American Christian. The Dalai Lama is an undercover Nazi agent. Ma...

Columbine and the End of Journalism: New York Times on Columbine

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

The New York Times, the paper of record, had a mixed bag when it came to handling the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings.

Columbine and the End of Journalism: A Daily Blog Series, Part III

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

The lesson on this Columbine anniversary that hits April 20 may not come from the shootings themselves. But rather, how the media has covered the shootings since the ten-year anniversary last year.

Missing The Mark On Warren Beatty

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Why does the media who cover Warren Beatty's work assume the topic I care most about with regard to this highly accomplished figure is how many women he slept with? It's insulting, in a way, isn't it?

Clash of Titans: Anderson Vs. Gladwell

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

After reading Gladwell's review (which, to Anderson's point and ironically, is free on the New Yorker's website), I got the distinct impression that Gladwell was being a little jealous and piqued.

Chicks on the Beach, or Why Does the Cover Preoccupy You So?

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joanne Rendell

Chick-books love shoes and if you're going to talk shoe-talk you kind of deserve your blah cover. If your book presents "cozy" female friends "weathering crises" together then you've also earned the sandals and Adirondack chair treatment. And if one of your characters dares to admit that she likes "a pink cover featuring a pair of glossy high-heeled shoes," you most definitely should have flowers and pastel shades on your dust jacket.