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New York Times Book Review

Attention All Interns: NYT Book Review Should Give Big Breaks to Recent College Grads

Robert Hofler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Books
Robert Hofler

I must apologize to the hundreds of interns whom I so badly advised over the forty years I worked as a magazine and newspaper editor. I recently exper...

How Old Is Too Old for a Main Character?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I adore my agent. He's one of the wisest and nicest men I've ever met in my life and I trust him completely. Still, I was nonplussed. Why shouldn't my book start with the point of view of a woman in her fifties?

Is 'The Great American Novel' a Useless Concept?

Claire Fallon | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books
Claire Fallon

Our national preoccupation with the concept is somewhat odd -- no other country seems to share this need to score ambitious new novels by whether it's a "Great _____ Novel contender."

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

This Town Has Good Food, So Take This Sandwich And Shove It, New York Times

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.09.2013 | DC

You can mock the politicians who live on hypocrisy in D.C., condemn the awful drivers with their showy cars who participate in a twice-daily snail rac...

When You Finish Your Novel, What Then?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is it like to finish a novel? The first time you do it, you feel utter euphoria, and you should. Unfortunately, what follows isn't always instant acceptance by an agent, an editor, or even your beta readers and friends.

When Facing a Major Decision, Do You Lead With Your Gut, Brain or Heart?

Jaime Fortuño | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
Jaime Fortuño

We make 70 important decisions per day and our 'lead organ' makes us who we are.

Congratulations to New New York Times Book Review Editor, Pamela Paul

Monica Edinger | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

I was delighted to see yesterday's announcement that Pamela Paul was assuming the editorship of the New York Times Book Review.

New York Times Names New Book Review Editor

Michael Calderone | Posted 06.09.2013 | Media
Michael Calderone

Big changes at the New York Times book review.

Lowbrows Have More Fun

Anastasia Rubis | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty
Anastasia Rubis

I've gained a new appreciation for lowbrow in middle age. I'm still enough of a snob to gravitate toward "brilliant" lowbrow as opposed to "despicable" in New York magazine's approval matrix, but give me one more decade. My tastes should be off the chart.

Bestseller Series, An Interview With Robyn Carr

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

I had the opportunity recently to spend time with four big bestselling authors. First up we have Robyn Carr. She is the author of 40 books and many, many bestsellers.

Open Letter to the New York Times Book Review

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 08.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

Why are 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review from white authors? What's going on behind the scenes to create such an unrepresentative body of reviews for an increasingly diverse nation of consumers?

Paul Krugman's Swipe At NYT Colleague

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Media

Paul Krugman called out a fellow New York Times staffer over the weekend. Speaking at the annual Netroots Nation conference in Providence on Saturd...

We've Reached the E-Book Tipping Point

Steve Kettmann | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Steve Kettmann

Count me among those who would much rather hold a book in my hand as I read, pen at the ready, rather than clicking through glowing text on a screen.

The Drastic Numbers: Male Vs. Female Writers

Posted 04.30.2012 | Media

The publication rates for men versus women in some of the world's most prestigious literary outlets are in, and the disparity is drastic. VIDA, an...

Two Words That Shouldn't Have Appeared In A Review Of 'The Obamas'

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 06.04.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

I thought after the Great Jonathan Franzen Debacle of 2001, no man would ever again dare to suggest publicly that there is an inferior class of books that only women read.

Could This Be a French Watergate?

Pamela Sage Dodson | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Pamela Sage Dodson

There was apparently a lot going in the French-owned Sofitel Hotel just before and after Strauss-Kahn was arrested.

Blue Nights and the Solace of Art

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.17.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Blue Nights is the story of Joan Didion's craving for communion between the "I" of her individual event of loss and grief, and the "we" of its universal experience.

How is the New York Times Book Review Doing?

Steve Kettmann | Posted 01.16.2012 | Books
Steve Kettmann

If a call came tomorrow and you were asked to take over as editor of the Times Book Review, what, if any, changes would you make?

Why I Still Love the New York Times

Warren Adler | Posted 01.08.2012 | Media
Warren Adler

Through the years, even when I left New York for decades, I continued to read the Times on Sundays, then every day when technology made it possible.

Critics and Other Cultural Gatekeepers: Mind the Gate!

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Where is the recognition that a "book of raunch," rather than reflecting a mature and vibrant culture, is symptomatic of one in steep, full-on decline, drunk on its power and narcissism (including Baker's pet vice, sexual titillation)?

How Did Comic Book Art Reach Six Figures?

nytimes.com | Posted 10.18.2011 | Arts

THE place of comic books at the cultural supper table has never been more secure. Summertime films have come to mean superhero movies. Comics-related ...

Should Novelists Review Other Novelist's Novels?

Warren Adler | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Warren Adler

I have always been wary of novelists reviewing other novelists, especially in places that attract serious readers of serious novels like the Ne...

Book Reviews: Critics vs. Amazon Reviewers

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.13.2011 | Books

In the age of rapid digital revolution in publishing, when readers have book review options ranging from decades-old publications like The New Yorker,...

How Do Wrong Economic Ideas Become Conventional Wisdom?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books
Peter Dreier

If conservatives don't like labor unions, they are entitled to their opinions. But when they attack unions by arguing that they actually hurt working people, they don't have the facts on their side. They are crying wolf.