In the New Hong Kong, Booksellers Walk a Fine Line

Some independent shops flout the new limits on free expression. Others try to come to terms with them. For readers, they offer a sense of connection in a changed city.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019

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Graham Norton Comes Around

The Irish entertainer is known for his freewheeling talk show, but in his novel “Home Stretch” he explores what it’s like for a gay man to return to his home and find both it and himself wholly transformed.

#actors-and-actresses, #books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #home-stretch-book, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #ireland, #norton-graham, #television

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A History of Getting Hammered, and Why Some of Us Should Keep Doing It

In “Drunk,” Edward Slingerland plays devil’s advocate for the pleasure and utility of Dionysian abandon.

#alcoholic-beverages, #books-and-literature, #drunk-how-we-sipped-danced-and-stumbled-our-way-to-civilization-book, #slingerland-edward

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The One About Bibi Netanyahu’s Father and the Perils of Diaspora

In his new novel, “The Netanyahus,” Joshua Cohen imagines a visit by the scholar Benzion Netanyahu to an Ivy League school in the late 1950s.

#bloom-harold, #books-and-literature, #cohen-joshua-1980, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #zionism

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George Packer on Our Divided America

Packer talks about “Last Best Hope,” and Suzanne Simard discusses “Finding the Mother Tree.”

#books-and-literature

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Consortium Aims to Save the Honresfield Library

Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-anne, #bronte-emily, #burns-robert-p, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

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Janet Malcolm, Provocative Journalist With a Piercing Eye, Dies at 86

Her subjects ranged widely, but she took special aim at journalism itself, writing that every journalist “knows that what he does is morally indefensible.”

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #libel-and-slander, #malcolm-janet, #news-and-news-media, #the-new-yorker, #writing-and-writers

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‘Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation’ Review: Friendship in Focus

The director deftly constructs a dialogue between Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.

#books-and-literature, #capote-truman, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #trumantennessee-an-intimate-conversation-movie, #vreeland-lisa-immordino, #williams-tennessee, #writing-and-writers

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Justice Dept. Ends Criminal Inquiry, Lawsuit on John Bolton’s Book

President Donald J. Trump had pressured the department to use its legal powers to stop his former national security adviser from publishing embarrassing details about him.

#bolton-john-r, #books-and-literature, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sparks Controversy in Online Essay

The novelist’s remarks went viral after she criticized former students as well as “social-media-savvy people who are choking on sanctimony and lacking in compassion.”

#adichie-chimamanda-ngozi, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #emezi-akwaeke, #instagram-inc, #nigeria, #social-media, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #twitter, #writing-and-writers, #youth

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New Publisher Says It Welcomes Conservative Writers Rejected Elsewhere

All Seasons Press, started by former executives from Simon & Schuster and Hachette, plans to publish books by the former Trump officials Mark Meadows and Peter Navarro.

#all-seasons-press, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #burke-louise-publisher, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hartson-kate, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #navarro-peter, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Freeing of the American Mind

Louis Menand discusses how art, culture and ideas from the Cold War period have shaped America.

#art, #baldwin-james-1924-87, #books-and-literature, #cage-john, #cold-war-era, #menand-louis, #pollock-jackson, #the-free-world-art-and-thought-in-the-cold-war-book

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Nearly 70 Years Later, ‘Invisible Man’ Is Still Inspiring Visual Artists

Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel has influenced not just writers but photographers, sculptors and painters, all grappling with what it means to be seen.

#2020tbookclub, #art, #bailey-radcliffe, #books-and-literature, #decarava-roy, #ellison-ralph, #invisible-man-book, #ligon-glenn, #marsalis-wynton, #marshall-kerry-james, #parks-gordon, #rawles-calida-garcia, #thomas-hank-willis

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Book Review: ‘Bath Haus,’ by P.J. Vernon

In P.J. Vernon’s new thriller, “Bath Haus,” the protagonist’s decision to cheat on his partner spirals into nerve-racking terror.

#bath-haus-a-thriller-book, #books-and-literature, #vernon-pj-author

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Queer Y.A. Literature’s Healing Power

New Y.A. literature, television and film let me imagine a better future. 

#books-and-literature, #love-emotion, #marriages, #movies, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Quinta Brunson’s Viral Fame Knows No Bounds

The comedian’s first book, “She Memes Well,” balances jokes, autobiography and serious thoughts about the state of the country.

#books-and-literature, #brunson-quinta, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #she-memes-well-essays-book

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A More Perfect Union

Sasha Issenberg talks about “The Engagement,” and J. Hoberman discusses the story of Hollywood as told through 10 books.

#books-and-literature, #hoberman-j, #issenberg-sasha, #movies, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #the-engagement-americas-quarter-century-struggle-over-same-sex-marriage-book

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‘Lupin’ Took the World by Stealth. Part 2 Can’t Be So Sneaky.

The French heist thriller was a huge global hit when it debuted on Netflix in January. Even the creator and cast were surprised.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #france, #hachette-book-group, #kay-george-screenwriter, #leblanc-maurice, #lupin-tv-program, #netflix-inc, #sy-omar, #television

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Book Review: ‘The Bench,’ by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex

In “The Bench,” the Duchess of Sussex takes on “the special relationship” of fathers and sons, and the daunting challenge of rhyming verse.

#archie-earl-of-dumbarton, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #markle-meghan, #robinson-christian, #royal-families, #the-bench-book

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No, Fauci is not profiting from a coming book on lessons he’s learned from his public service.

#amazon-com-inc, #barnesnoble-inc, #books-and-literature, #expect-the-unexpected-book, #fauci-anthony-s, #national-geographic-society, #rumors-and-misinformation

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The Story of a Famous Covid Widow

Amanda Kloots grieved in public when her husband Nick Cordero died. Now she is sharing the rest of her story in “Live Your Life.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #cordero-nick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #kloots-amanda, #live-your-life-my-story-of-loving-and-losing-nick-cordero-book, #social-media, #theater

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Bill Bratton Doesn’t Root for the Bad Guys

A fan of crime novels, the former police commissioner loves Michael Connelly’s hero Harry Bosch — but adds, “I don’t have a favorite villain.”

#books-and-literature, #bratton-william-j, #content-type-personal-profile, #writing-and-writers

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How Can I Hold On To Hope and Humor While Witnessing So Much Suffering?

“You need art that matches your intensity,” writes our advice columnist.

#art, #books-and-literature, #movies, #nursing-and-nurses, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Was the Space Program Worth the Cost?

Jeff Shesol’s “Mercury Rising” explores the careers of John Kennedy and John Glenn as a way to cut through the rhetoric of space exploration.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #glenn-john-herschel-jr, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #mercury-rising-john-glenn-john-kennedy-and-the-new-battleground-of-the-cold-war-book, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #shesol-jeff, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states

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Book Review: ‘The President’s Daughter,’ by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

“The President’s Daughter” is set in motion with a kidnapping, and then a paramilitary operation is put together in response.

#books-and-literature, #clinton-bill, #patterson-james, #the-presidents-daughter-book

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Two Books on the Bizarreness of Texas

“Forget the Alamo,” by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford, and “A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles,” by Bill Minutaglio, have many strange stories to tell about the Lone Star State.

#a-single-star-and-bloody-knuckles-a-history-of-politics-and-race-in-texas-book, #alamo-san-antonio-tex, #books-and-literature, #burrough-bryan, #forget-the-alamo-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-american-myth-book, #minutaglio-bill, #stanford-jason-author, #texas, #tomlinson-chris, #wayne-john

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Richard Robinson Dies at 84; Turned Scholastic Into an Empire

With help from Harry Potter, the Magic School Bus and the Baby-Sitters Club, he created the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #education-k-12, #harry-potter-book, #robinson-richard-1937, #scholastic-corporation, #the-baby-sitters-club-book

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The Grindr Advice Column That Became a Memoir of Modern Queer Life

In “Hola Papi,” the writer John Paul Brammer mines his own experiences and traumas to deliver wisdom for queer readers.

#books-and-literature, #brammer-john-paul, #content-type-personal-profile, #dating-and-relationships, #hola-papi-how-to-come-out-in-a-walmart-parking-lot-and-other-life-lessons-book, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

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Why ‘Unwell Women’ Have Gone Misdiagnosed for Centuries

The British scholar Elinor Cleghorn’s new history traces medicine’s sexism from Hippocrates to today.

#books-and-literature, #cleghorn-elinor, #discrimination, #medicine-and-health, #unwell-women-misdiagnosis-and-myth-in-a-man-made-world-book, #women-and-girls

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How Ethel Rosenberg Offered Her Own Life as a Sacrifice

Anne Sebba’s new biography tells the story of a fanatical Communist and loving mother who went to her death proclaiming her innocence.

#books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethel-rosenberg-an-american-tragedy-book, #greenglass-david, #manhattan-project, #rosenberg-ethel, #rosenberg-julius, #sebba-anne

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Book Review: ‘Dear Senthuran,’ by Akwaeke Emezi

“Dear Senthuran” is an epistolary memoir of gender identity, diaspora and the solitude of success.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dear-senthuran-a-black-spirit-memoir-book, #emezi-akwaeke, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Book Review: ‘The Plague Year,’ by Lawrence Wright

In “The Plague Year,” Lawrence Wright tells the story of the pandemic that upended all of our lives — both the failures to combat it, and the science that saved us.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #masks, #the-plague-year-america-in-the-time-of-covid-book, #wright-lawrence

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Look Inside Philip Roth’s Personal Library

The author of “Goodbye, Columbus” and “The Human Stain” left several thousand books, many of them with notes or letters, to the Newark Public Library. The collection will soon open to the public.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #newark-nj, #newark-public-library, #roth-philip, #writing-and-writers

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Made an Old Bookstore New

The century-old Drama Book Shop in Manhattan struggled for years. Then “Hamilton” happened.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #drama-book-shop-manhattan-ny, #kail-thomas, #korins-david, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #miranda-lin-manuel, #nederlander-james-l-1960, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater

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How Did a Gay Scientist of Jewish Descent Thrive Under the Nazis?

In “Ravenous,” Sam Apple tells the story of a researcher who was able to carry out his groundbreaking work on cancer cells even in the middle of World War II.

#apple-sam, #books-and-literature, #cancer, #content-type-personal-profile, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jews-and-judaism, #ravenous-otto-warburg-the-nazis-and-the-search-for-the-cancer-diet-connection-book, #research, #warburg-otto

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Richard Rubenstein, 97, Dies; Theologian Challenged Ideas of God

A rabbi, educator and author of a landmark book, he asked, “How can Jews believe in an omnipotent, beneficent God after Auschwitz?”

#books-and-literature, #death-of-god, #deaths-obituaries, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #religion-and-belief, #rubenstein-richard-l

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Friederike Mayröcker, Grande Dame in German Literature, Dies at 96

An Austrian, she was among the most decorated German-language poets of the postwar period, producing a large body of daring work.

#austria, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #german-language, #germany, #mayrocker-friederike-1924-2021, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Reimagining the Aftermath of a Wartime Attack

Francis Spufford talks about “Light Perpetual,” and Egill Bjarnason discusses “How Iceland Changed the World.”

#bjarnason-egill, #books-and-literature, #how-iceland-changed-the-world-the-big-history-of-a-small-island-book, #light-perpetual-book, #spufford-francis

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In ‘Little Birds,’ Anaïs Nin Erotica Gets a Revolutionary New Context

Created by the artist Sophia Al-Maria, the new series resituates Nin’s erotic short story collection in 1955 Morocco, a year before the country threw off its colonialist yoke.

#al-maria-sophia, #books-and-literature, #little-birds-tv-program, #nin-anais, #passon-stacie, #starz, #television, #temple-juno

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What Happens to Philip Roth’s Legacy Now?

His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives.

#archives-and-records, #bailey-blake, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress, #manuscripts, #nadel-ira-b, #newark-public-library, #norton-w-wco, #philip-roth-the-biography-book, #princeton-university, #research, #roth-philip, #sexual-harassment, #skyhorse-publishing, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

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A Romance Author’s Muse Becomes His Real-Life Love Interest

Kimberlee Stevenson was a fan of John Murray’s books. After they connected on social media, he became her biggest admirer.

#books-and-literature, #cerebral-palsy, #virginia, #weddings-and-engagements, #writing-and-writers

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Surreal Encounters in Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’

Breaking with the dominant literary styles among Black writers at the time, the author expanded the limits of realism to create a world that was, and remains, all too familiar.

#black-people, #book-clubs, #books-and-literature, #discrimination, #ellison-ralph, #invisible-man-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

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Stephen King on Why ‘Lisey’s Story’ Was One He Had to Adapt Himself

“I’ve held onto it the way you hold on to something you love,” King said about the novel, which has been reimagined as an eight-part series starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #king-stephen, #larrain-pablo, #liseys-story-book, #liseys-story-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

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‘Food Is Culture’: Alice Waters on the Cookbook That Changed Her Life

“All I wanted to do was live like the French.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #waters-alice, #writing-and-writers

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The Life and Death of Your Jeans

A new book enters that category known as “fashion horror stories.” Something to consider before you shop.

#bedat-maxine, #books-and-literature, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #global-warming, #jeans-apparel, #labor-and-jobs, #sustainable-fashion, #sustainable-living, #unraveled-the-life-and-death-of-a-garment-book, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #your-feed-fashion

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Dan Frank, Adventurous Book Editor, Is Dead at 67

As head of Pantheon, he nurtured prize winners and best sellers, rescued Joseph Mitchell from obscurity and helped establish graphic novels as a literary genre.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #comic-books-and-strips, #deaths-obituaries, #frank-dan, #graphic-novels, #mitchell-joseph, #pantheon-books, #up-in-the-old-hotel-book, #writing-and-writers

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In This Debut Novel, a Chinese American Assassin Roams the West

“The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu,” by Tom Lin, is a vengeance quest in an unforgiving landscape during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.

#books-and-literature, #lin-tom-1996, #the-thousand-crimes-of-ming-tsu-book

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‘At Night All Blood Is Black’ Wins International Booker Prize

“At Night All Blood Is Black,” a novel written by David Diop and translated by Anna Moschovakis, had already received rave reviews.

#at-night-all-blood-is-black-a-novel-book, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #diop-david, #france, #man-booker-prize, #moschovakis-anna, #senegal, #world-war-i-1914-18, #writing-and-writers

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A New Biography of Kurt Gödel, Whose Brilliant Life Intersected With the Upheavals of the 20th Century

“Journey to the Edge of Reason,” by Stephen Budiansky, is an illuminating new biography of the groundbreaking mathematician.

#books-and-literature, #budiansky-stephen, #godel-kurt, #journey-to-the-edge-of-reason-the-life-of-kurt-godel-book, #mathematics

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Where Oscar Wilde Once Slept (in Prison Garb)

Activists are trying to preserve the prison he was sent to after his conviction for “indecency,” saying his life is an important part of Britain’s history.

#books-and-literature, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #reading-england, #theater, #wilde-oscar

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