She Changed Black Literature Forever. Then She Disappeared.

In search of Gayl Jones, whose new novel breaks 22 years of silence.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #jones-gayl, #palmares-book, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

National Book Awards Announces Its 2021 Nominees

This year’s fiction longlist includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, a 2020 nominee in the poetry category, as well as Richard Powers, who also made the Booker Prize shortlist this week.

#books-and-literature, #national-book-awards, #writing-and-writers

How a Barber and Journaling Expert Spends His Sundays

John Casey bears witness to New Yorkers’ stories, whether they are in his chair or taking his writing workshops.

#brooklyn-nyc, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

Jean-Claude van Itallie, ‘America Hurrah’ Playwright, Dies at 85

He was a central figure in the experimental theater movement for decades. His best-known work, a trilogy of one-acts, opened in 1966 and ran for more than 630 performances.

#america-hurrah-play, #deaths-obituaries, #la-mama-etc, #theater, #van-itallie-jean-claude, #writing-and-writers

5 New Biographies to Read This Season

The first major study of Oscar Wilde in decades, the conclusion of a “magisterial” series on Pablo Picasso, and more.

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11 New Works of Nonfiction to Read This Season

A deeply reported look at the woman behind Roe vs. Wade, an investigation of lawbreaking animals, another hilarious essay collection from Phoebe Robinson — and more.

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Broadway Is Brimming With Black Playwrights. But for How Long?

Theater seems to be responding to demands for diversity. Artists are both delighted and worried about the precarious moment in which the gates have opened.

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For His Next Act, Anthony Doerr Wrote a Book About Everything

The author of “All the Light We Cannot See” has a new novel, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” that seeks to tell a sprawling story linking past, present and future.

#all-the-light-we-cannot-see-book, #books-and-literature, #cloud-cuckoo-land-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #doerr-anthony, #writing-and-writers

Anderson Cooper Wishes His Parents and Truman Capote Could Reconcile Over Dinner

“They stopped speaking to him after he wrote some pretty cruel stuff about my mom in a story published in Esquire in 1975. I wouldn’t want Truman to stay very long though, and he couldn’t have any alcohol. Actually let’s make it Truman circa 1966, not the bloated Truman of 1975.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #cooper-anderson, #writing-and-writers

Books on Race Filled Best-Seller Lists Last Year. Publishers Took Notice.

Titles that the houses signed in 2020 are now entering the world, with authors, agents and editors anxious to see how they do.

#black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #so-you-want-to-talk-about-race-book, #writing-and-writers

‘Great Circle,’ ‘Bewilderment’ Among Booker Prize Finalists

This year’s shortlist includes novels by Nadifa Mohamed, Patricia Lockwood, Damon Galgut and Anuk Arudpragasam. A winner will be named in November.

#a-passage-north-book, #arudpragasam-anuk, #books-and-literature, #galgut-damon, #great-britain, #great-circle-book, #lockwood-patricia, #london-england, #man-booker-prize, #mohamed-nadifa, #no-one-is-talking-about-this-book, #powers-richard, #shipstead-maggie, #the-fortune-men-book, #the-promise-2021-book, #writing-and-writers

How Colson Whitehead Writes About Our ‘Big Wild Country’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist finds inspiration in zombies, history, comics and midcentury furniture.

#books-and-literature, #whitehead-colson, #writing-and-writers

Richard Powers Speaks For the Trees

His Pulitzer-winning novel, “The Overstory,” left him so drained that he didn’t know whether he would write again. His new book, “Bewilderment,” came to him when he imagined a child talking to him in a forest.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #forests-and-forestry, #genre-books-science-fiction, #hikes-and-hiking, #powers-richard, #science-fiction, #tennessee, #the-overstory-book, #writing-and-writers

When Matt and Ben Met Nicole: How They Came to Write ‘The Last Duel’

For their first writing reunion since “Good Will Hunting,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon collaborated with the writer-director Nicole Holofcener on a period drama.

#affleck-ben, #damon-matt, #holofcener-nicole, #movies, #the-last-duel-movie, #writing-and-writers

Why Our Monsters Talk to Michael Wolff

In his new book, the author of “Fire and Fury” continues his specialty: teasing out stories from men in power.

#fire-and-fury-inside-the-trump-white-house-book, #news-and-news-media, #too-famous-the-rich-the-powerful-the-wishful-the-notorious-the-damned-book, #wolff-michael-1953, #writing-and-writers

Writing for the Poor

A paper’s columnists should be like an orchestra, each playing a different instrument. I decided that I was going to play the banjo.

#content-type-personal-profile, #grambling-state-university, #new-york-times, #poverty, #writing-and-writers

Colson Whitehead Reinvents Himself, Again

After winning back-to-back Pulitzers, the author of “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys” took another detour with his new crime novel, “Harlem Shuffle.”

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #harlem-shuffle-a-novel-book, #pulitzer-prizes, #race-and-ethnicity, #whitehead-colson, #writing-and-writers

Stephen Vizinczey, ‘In Praise of Older Women’ Author, Dies at 88

His best-known work, somewhat scandalous for the mid-1960s, treated sex frankly and sold millions of copies.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #hungary, #in-praise-of-older-women-the-amorous-recollections-of-andras-vajda-book, #vizinczey-stephen, #writing-and-writers

A Cautionary Tale for the New Roaring Twenties

What does “The Wild Party,” an obscure but chillingly prescient book-length poem from the twilight of the Jazz Age, tell us about our own era?

#fashion-and-apparel, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #march-joseph-moncure, #parties-social, #poetry-and-poets, #spiegelman-art, #the-wild-party-play, #writing-and-writers

S.A. Cosby, a Writer of Violent Noirs, Claims the Rural South as His Own

After years of small breaks, Cosby has found big success with “Blacktop Wasteland” and “Razorblade Tears,” propulsive books about family, sex, race, class and the stain of Southern history.

#blacktop-wasteland-book, #books-and-literature, #cosby-s-a, #razorblade-tears-a-novel-book, #writing-and-writers

India-Backed Forces Order Kashmir’s Poets to Go Silent

Harsh measures against dissent have trickled down to practitioners of the region’s poetic traditions, with many saying they have been told to stop.

#ali-agha-shahid, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #himalayas, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes, #writing-and-writers

How 9/11 Shaped American Fiction

The Times’s book critics reflect on how 9/11 has influenced writers and readers.

#adichie-chimamanda-ngozi, #akhtar-ayad, #books-and-literature, #cole-teju, #delillo-don, #eisenberg-deborah, #franzen-jonathan, #mccarthy-cormac, #september-11-2001, #writing-and-writers

Maggie Nelson Wants to Redefine ‘Freedom’

In her new essay collection, the writer wants to enunciate all the meanings and manifestations of the word that our current conversation obscures.

#art, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #nelson-maggie, #on-freedom-four-songs-of-care-and-constraint-book, #poetry-and-poets, #the-argonauts-book, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

Refugees Are Suffering. This Novelist Won’t Look Away.

Rabih Alameddine writes about topics many would rather forget. In his new book, “The Wrong End of the Telescope,” he tells the story of a transgender doctor attempting to care for people fleeing war-torn Syria.

#alameddine-rabih, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lebanon, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #the-wrong-end-of-the-telescope-book, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #writing-and-writers

Richard Nelson’s New Play Closes a Chapter of Theater History

“What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad” is the 12th and final installment in the quiet yet sweeping “Rhinebeck Panorama.”

#hunter-college, #nelson-richard-j, #plunkett-maryann, #public-theater, #sanders-jay-o, #theater, #what-happened-the-michaels-abroad-play, #writing-and-writers

Let’s Talk About ‘Sellouts’

The insult that reveals a flaw in the way we talk about race.

#black-people, #discrimination, #internal-sub-only, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

The Stenographer Who Married Dostoyevsky — and Saved Him From Ruin

“The Gambler Wife,” by Andrew D. Kaufman, recounts the life of Anna Dostoyevskaya, the Russian writer’s second wife, who took dictation of his books, endured his gambling addiction and eventually published his work herself.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dostoyevskaya-anna-grigorevna, #dostoyevsky-fyodor, #gambling, #kaufman-andrew-d-1969, #russia, #the-gambler-wife-a-true-story-of-love-risk-and-the-woman-who-saved-dostoyevsky-book, #writing-and-writers

‘It Was Like I’d Never Done It Before’: How Sally Rooney Wrote Again

Her first two books, “Conversations With Friends” and “Normal People,” made her more famous than she liked. For her latest, “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” she asked herself what a novel is and why she’s taking on another one.

#beautiful-world-where-are-you-book, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #conversations-with-friends-book, #ireland, #normal-people-book, #rooney-sally-author, #writing-and-writers

Stephen B. Oates, Civil War Historian, Dies at 85

In a quartet of biographies, he explored how slavery and racial oppression could exist in a land based on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.

#books-and-literature, #burns-ken, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #deaths-obituaries, #history-academic-subject, #oates-stephen-b, #slavery-historical, #the-civil-war-tv-program, #university-of-massachusetts-amherst, #writing-and-writers

William G. Clotworthy, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Censor, Dies at 95

A self-described “professional square,” he fell in love with the show, and worked with its writers to tweak questionable material. Cast members called him “Dr. No.”

#censorship, #clotworthy-william-g-1926-2021, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #national-broadcasting-co, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

Donald Newlove, 93, Dies; Novelist Explored the Depths of Drink

His acclaimed fiction and a memoir had a common theme: alcoholism. After becoming sober, he called his former besotted muse “Drunkspeare.”

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #newlove-donald, #writing-and-writers

Why Maggie Nelson Is Drawn to Certain Autobiographies

“I have a soft spot for books by tough, radically honest women with an uncommon antenna for magic, language and landscape.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #nelson-maggie, #writing-and-writers

David Roberts, Who Turned Adventure Writing Into Art, Dies at 78

He was an accomplished mountain climber with a literary gift to match, and the author of dozens of books.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #mountaineering, #roberts-david-1943, #writing-and-writers

Jean Breeze, First Woman of Dub Poetry, Dies at 65

She was known for the passion of her performances, the raw honesty of her stories and her use of Jamaica’s lyrical vernacular.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #breeze-jean-1956-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #england, #jamaica-west-indies, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

The First Report: Jason Berry Uncovers Abuse in the Church

As an investigative reporter, Jason Berry exposed the church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. Somehow, it wasn’t enough.

#boston-globe, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lafayette-la, #louisiana, #national-catholic-reporter, #news-and-news-media, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #spotlight-movie, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

Dudes on Ice: A Play About Hockey Tackles Masculinity, Too

“Islander,” a skewed look at a New York Islanders season, examines extreme fandom, violence and the thrill of sports.

#birkenmeier-liza, #brook-katherine-theater-director, #fans-persons, #here-arts-center, #hockey-ice, #islander-play, #men-and-boys, #new-york-islanders, #tavares-john-1990, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Michaela Coel Puts Herself Together in ‘Misfits’

The book, adapted from a speech by the creator and star of “I May Destroy You,” codifies her efforts to achieve transparency in her work and in her life.

#actors-and-actresses, #books-and-literature, #chewing-gum-tv-program, #coel-michaela, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #i-may-destroy-you-tv-program, #london-england, #misfits-a-personal-manifesto-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #sex-crimes, #speeches-and-statements, #television, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Tom T. Hall, Country Music’s ‘Storyteller,’ Is Dead at 85

Mr. Hall, who wrote hits like “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” helped to imbue country lyrics with newfound depth and insight in the 1960s and ’70s.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #hall-tom-t, #harper-valley-p-t-a-song, #music, #writing-and-writers

James W. Loewen, Who Challenged How History Is Taught, Dies at 79

In a dozen books, most famously “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” he attacked historical misconceptions, particularly concerning the Black struggle in the South.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #history-academic-subject, #lies-my-teacher-told-me-everything-your-american-history-textbook-got-wrong-book, #loewen-james-w, #mississippi, #textbooks, #writing-and-writers

Lisa Joy on ‘Reminiscence,’ ‘Westworld’ and the Lure of Techno-Noir

The writer-director says she is obsessed with time. One way to have more of it is “to create whole new timelines and dimensions.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #joy-lisa, #movies, #reminiscence-movie, #science-fiction, #television, #westworld-tv-program, #writing-and-writers

‘There’s So Much More to Afghanistan’: Khaled Hosseini Reflects on His Birthplace

The author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” talks about the pain and frustration of watching the country from afar.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #hosseini-khaled, #writing-and-writers

How a French Novelist Turns the Tables on History

Laurent Binet’s latest book, “Civilizations,” imagines what might have been if the Incas invaded Europe in the 16th century.

#binet-laurent, #books-and-literature, #civilizations-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #france, #writing-and-writers

My Secret Weapon Against the Attention Economy

When you reread the same poem over and over again, you stop scrolling along the surface and dive deep beneath it.

#gluck-louise, #hayes-terrance, #poetry-and-poets, #rich-adrienne, #stevens-wallace, #writing-and-writers

The Authors of ‘The Madwoman in the Attic’ Are Back With a New (Angry) Book

In their new work, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, the feminist scholars who wrote the 1979 classic, examine literary manifestations of feminist anger from the second half of the 20th century to today.

#books-and-literature, #didion-joan, #gilbert-sandra-m, #gubar-susan, #hansberry-lorraine, #plath-sylvia, #rich-adrienne, #sontag-susan, #still-mad-american-women-writers-and-the-feminist-imagination-book, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

He Is a Journalist With Autism, but in His Book, That’s Not the Whole Story

Eric Garcia, the author of “We’re Not Broken,” talks about public policy’s role in caring for autistic people, his reportorial instincts and more.

#autism, #books-and-literature, #disabilities, #garcia-eric-michael, #were-not-broken-changing-the-autism-conversation-book, #writing-and-writers

Dolly Parton and James Patterson Are Working On a Novel, ‘Run, Rose, Run’

“Run, Rose, Run” is set for publication in 2022, along with a Parton album whose 12 new songs were inspired by the book.

#books-and-literature, #country-music, #little-brownco, #parton-dolly, #patterson-james, #run-rose-run-book, #writing-and-writers

‘Reservation Dogs’ Marks a New Era for the Native TV Community

In a group interview, Native American TV creators and performers discuss the significance of “Reservation Dogs” and “Rutherford Falls,” and why this is only the beginning.

#actors-and-actresses, #chavez-tazbah, #freeland-sydney, #fx-tv-network, #harjo-sterlin, #jacobs-devery, #native-americans, #peacock-services, #pensoneau-migizi, #reservation-dogs-tv-program, #rutherford-falls-tv-program, #schmieding-jana, #television, #teller-ornelas-sierra, #wilson-bobby-d-screenwriter, #writing-and-writers

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, Rock Journalist, Dies at 75

She took the music seriously at a time when not many writers did. Among her books was a memoir of her life with one of its biggest stars, Jim Morrison.

#deaths-obituaries, #doors-the-music-group, #jazzpop-magazine, #kennealy-morrison-patricia-1946-2021, #morrison-jim, #pop-and-rock-music, #the-doors-movie, #writing-and-writers

Cecily Strong Is Starting a New Conversation

The “Saturday Night Live” star shares the story of her pandemic experience and a life touched by grief in “This Will All Be Over Soon.”

#actors-and-actresses, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #strong-cecily, #television, #this-will-all-be-over-soon-a-memoir-book, #writing-and-writers

People Who Changed Their Lives Are Focus of New Times Series

Stories about people trying something different in their lives have always inspired me. Now, the Times series It’s Never Too Late offers readers more examples.

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