Tag: Books and Literature

New Statue Unsettles Italian City: Is It Celebrating a Poet or a Nationalist?

TRIESTE, Italy — On a recent afternoon, a little girl gently patted the shoulder of a statue of the Italian writer Gabriele d’Annunzio, depicted sitting cross-legged and reading on a bench in a central square. “This is a girl who shows respect,” said Rosa Cacioppo Mantini, a 92-year-old retired high school literature teacher and committed […]

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Before ‘The Crown,’ Revelations About the Actual Crown

This is a halcyon time in royal fashion. The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex — Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle — set trends and sell products as never before. Tabloids and Vogues alike hang on their every clothing choice, parsing the messages sent: about sustainability or diplomacy, affordability and British industry. Devoted websites list how […]

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‘Black Radical’ Remembers a Bold Life and Reclaims It for Our Current Moment

William Monroe Trotter, who edited the Boston-based black weekly newspaper The Guardian in the first three decades of the 20th century, shows up in the biographies of his contemporaries as a gadfly: radical, outspoken and indefatigable. In books about Booker T. Washington, Trotter makes inevitable appearances as one of the so-called Great Accommodationist’s most relentless […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Airs Family Grievances (One Book at a Time)

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the first public hearing in the Democratic-led impeachment against President Trump, his eldest son was standing in the lobby of the family hotel, delivering firm handshakes and turning over copies of his book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” to supporters who had […]

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How to Beat the Market

THE MAN WHO SOLVED THE MARKETBy Gregory Zuckerman There are few books in the investing world as well known as Burton Malkiel’s “A Random Walk Down Wall Street.” First published in 1973, it has never been out of print, and is now in its 12th edition. Its thesis is that “a blindfolded monkey throwing darts […]

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In a Chaotic World, Dungeons & Dragons Is Resurgent

It wasn’t that many years ago that Dungeons & Dragons had been nearly left for dead. The tabletop role-playing game had once been “one of the coolest, most meaningful fantasy brands on the planet,” said Nathan Stewart, who runs D&D at Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro subsidiary that makes the game. But when he […]

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Garry Shandling’s Riotous Scrapbook

IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S BOOK Edited by Judd Apatow A little too scattershot and light on details to qualify as either biography or oral history, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Book” is best characterized as a scrapbook. But what a scrapbook! Hard-core fans of Garry Shandling — whose wry, dry style influenced a generation of stand-up comedians, and […]

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Testimonies From the Day the Towers Came Down

THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKYAn Oral History of 9/11By Garrett M. Graff In the days after 9/11, a conventional wisdom took hold among the elite factions of the reflective class, the central tenet of which was that things had now “changed forever.” Irony, disaffection, superficiality, mindless consumerism, time wasting — hallmarks of blithe living […]

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Darryl Pinckney on Race, Class and Being ‘Busted in New York’

BUSTED IN NEW YORKAnd Other EssaysBy Darryl Pinckney According to a rumor in New Orleans, an old family restaurant used to give a free ham to any police officer who killed a black person in the line of duty. The restaurant stopped doing this only in the 1980s, the story goes, when a black police […]

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The Zagat Guide Is Back in Print

It’s been three years, but that familiar maroon book is back. The 2020 Zagat survey of New York City restaurants will go on sale on Tuesday. The new 352-page book retains the same cover and pocket-size dimensions of the original. The three most popular restaurants — that is, the places the surveyors named their favorites: […]

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Faith and Reasons: Two Authors Explore the Persistence of Religious Feeling

RELIGION AS WE KNOW IT An Origin Story By Jack Miles BELIEVERS Faith in Human Nature By Melvin Konner Jack Miles’s new book opens with a question: What is religion, as we know it? Having edited “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” in 2015, after decades of teaching, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author is well aware […]

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What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

THE LOST ART OF SCRIPTURERescuing the Sacred TextsBy Karen Armstrong In the Bible, St. Paul declares: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Scholars suspect that this was actually written by some grump other than St. Paul, but such sexist passages are sometimes […]

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Meryl Streep Wants to Tell You a Bedtime Story

CHARLOTTE’S WEB By E.B. White Read by Meryl Streep and a full cast DR. SEUSS’S HORSE MUSEUM By Dr. SeussRead by Samira Wiley Turn off your sound machine. Throw away that blankie. Meryl Streep has bedtime covered tonight. Yes, Hollywood’s perennial gold statue-holder is reading “Charlotte’s Web,” the perennial blue-ribbon winner at the state fair […]

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Nikki Haley Describes Rebuffing Internal Scheme Against Trump

WASHINGTON — Nikki R. Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations, says in a new book that she resisted entreaties by other top aides to President Trump to undermine his policies, revealing more about the fractious world of loyalty and betrayal around the president. Ms. Haley writes in her new memoir that John F. […]

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Whodunit in the Library: Someone Keeps Hiding the Anti-Trump Books

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — From her office next to the public computer terminals, Bette Ammon finds herself peering through a window to watch patrons moving through the Coeur d’Alene library’s nonfiction stacks. Someone has been hiding books lately — specifically, those that explore politics through a progressive lens, or criticize President Trump. They wind up […]

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Stephen Dixon, Prolific Writer of Experimental Fiction, Dies at 83

By Richard Sandomir Stephen Dixon, whose hyper-realistic novels and short stories reflected his fascination with personal loss, sex, heartbreak, disaster, marriage and old age, died on Wednesday at a hospice in Towson, Md. He was 83. His daughter Sophia Dixon Frydman said the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia. Mr. Dixon produced fiction […]

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From Nabokov and Lawrence, Giants of 20th-Century Fiction, New Volumes of Nonfiction

Vladimir Nabokov and D. H. Lawrence each wrote a major novel (“Lolita,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”) that was banned and unbanned and banned again before being cut free. There are other similarities. Each was a great traveler, as if in perpetual self-exile, and drawn to America. Each disliked heavy, didactic fiction. Each was a sensualist on […]

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Among the Trolls

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen “Antisocial,” the new book by Andrew Marantz, plainly states its subject in its subtitle: “Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.” In order to write it, Marantz immersed himself in corners of the internet most of us would go out of our […]

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