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David Means Reads “Two Nurses, Smoking” 2020-05-26 06:00:00Deborah Treisman hosts the author David Means, who reads his story “Two Nurses, Smoking,” from the June 1, 2020, issue of The New Yorker,

Lionel Shriver Is Looking for Trouble 2020-05-25 06:00:00The author’s contrarianism has made her famous, but fiction is what she believes changes minds, Ariel Levy writes.

The Scholar Starting Brawls with the Enlightenment 2020-05-25 06:00:00James Wood on whether the cult of rationality has blinded us to the power of transcendence.

David Means on Small Talk and Love Stories 2020-05-25 06:00:00Cressida Leyshon interviews the author David Means about his short story “Two Nurses, Smoking,” from the June 1, 2020, issue of The New Yo

Wartime for Wodehouse 2020-05-25 06:00:00Rivka Galchen on P. G. Wodehouse, who paid dearly for his indomitable high spirits in internment camps, though not in the way one might have expected.

How Baseball Players Became Celebrities 2020-05-25 06:00:00Louis Menand on how Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth transformed America’s pastime by becoming a new kind of star.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-05-25 06:00:00“The Death of Jesus,” “A Children’s Bible,” “The Equivalents,” and “My Autobiography of Carson McCulle

Sunday Reading: First Encounters with Legendary Figures 2020-05-24 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive, stories by John Hersey, Charles Cooke, Harold Ross, A. J. Liebling, Susan Orlean, Janet Flanner, Hilton Als, Andy

A Brief History of the Codpiece, the P.P.E. 2020-05-23 17:24:15Dan Piepenbring reviews Michael Glover’s book “Thrust: A Spasmodic Pictorial History of the Codpiece in Art.”

Anatomy of a Book 2020-05-21 17:56:17Susannah Kemple introduces a short film by D. W. Young about the special language of antiquarian booksellers.

“Michael Kohlhaas,” the Book That Made the Novel 2020-05-20 07:16:12Dustin Illingworth writes about a new translation of Heinrich von Kleist’s “Michael Kohlhaas,” from from Michael Hofmann, which was

The Mysterious “Sweating Sickness” in Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf 2020-05-20 06:00:00Jia Tolentino writes about reading Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” trilogy and how a mysterious illness described in the books resonates

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Jules Feiffer, a stubborn pooch, and a children’s 2020-06-01 06:00:04The indefatigable cartoonist talks about how he resisted drawing animals, and how he finally wrote the sequel to his picture book, “Bark, George

Q&A with poet Naomi Shihab Nye 2020-05-28 16:12:32How do parents keep kids learning and playing with words, even as online classes end? The Young People’s Poet Laureate has some ideas.

The 10 best books of May to enjoy 2020-05-27 19:05:00From debut novels to political biographies, May brings showers of new releases to entertain and enlighten.

Edward Snowden arouses little sympathy in ‘Dark Mirror’ 2020-05-27 18:44:47Barton Gellman’s biography paints an unflinching picture of the man some consider a spy, and others a hero, for revealing widespread surveillanc

What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows. 2020-05-20 17:35:40David Allen Sibley’s lavishly illustrated “What It’s Like to Be a Bird” is more for perusing indoors - it’s too big to f

Spring picture books to read with the ones 2020-05-18 09:07:00Children and adults can visit Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, ride a mysterious elevator, and discover “recipes” for writing poems in t

What if Hillary had never married Bill? ‘Rodham’ 2020-05-18 06:00:00Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel – part fan fiction, part thought experiment – offers an uneven but fascinating exploration of an alternate

In ‘Afterlife,’ a woman forges a path through 2020-05-13 18:26:00Julia Alvarez’s latest novel demonstrates that even in times of loss there is a person, an opportunity, or a perspective, waiting to shake thing

What really happened at the O.K. Corral 2020-05-12 17:00:47The most famous gunfight of the old West lives on in movies and in our imagination. “Tombstone” separates the truth from the myth.

‘Pelosi’ tracks the career of a powerful, driven 2020-05-11 16:37:58As the first woman speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, she’s honed a formidable legislative record and staved off challengers.

Chekhov’s unequaled mastery of the short story 2020-05-06 11:52:57“Fifty-Two Stories” reminds our reviewer of the Russian writer’s brilliance, even if this collection doesn’t quite live up to

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In the Vanguard of Trio Jazz with Micah 2020-05-29 03:00:41The piano trio has always held a special place in my experience—and imagination—of jazz clubs. And the most exciting debut on record that

The Pillage of India 2020-05-28 09:30:32Through adroit use of its well-trained, disciplined armies, over the course of the eighteenth century the East India Company expanded its influence in

‘Don’t Look for a Soothsayer’: An Interview with Harry Enten 2020-05-28 03:00:04Matt Seaton: What is polling good for, why does it matter, and what are its limits? Harry Enten: Election polling can be used to help understand which

Who Cares? Now, All of Us Must 2020-05-27 03:00:11Amid this combined health and economic crisis, we are all struggling to take care of our families in new and unfamiliar ways. That is when it dawned o

Classified Information 2020-05-26 12:30:07Fifty years ago, the NYRB printed a non-personals classified in the issue of May 21, 1970. “AFRICA BY ROAD,” the ad read. “Need Good

Cracking Open the Ordinary in the Plays of 2020-05-26 03:00:38All these months later, as we go about our pandemic days, waiting to be out in the world again, I think about that moment when Lucy began to dance in

A Novel Way to Think About Literary Categories 2020-05-25 03:00:22I want to propose a different way of categorizing novels, or at least arranging the ones you have read on your shelves: something that came to me afte

Picturing Climate Crisis in Miami 2020-05-23 03:00:18FloodZone evokes not so much the tension between Miami’s ecological precariousness and its irrepressible beauty as their intertwined unity. Upon

The Housing Vultures 2020-05-22 10:30:02In an alternate reality, the one progressives wanted, the government wouldn’t have bailed out the banks during the 2008 crash. When mortgage-bac

How the Street Homeless of New York ‘Shelter 2020-05-22 03:00:43The streets of Midtown Manhattan, especially around 42nd Street and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, have been unusually empty of the usual hordes of

Sex and Sincerity 2020-05-21 09:00:19What happens when someone sets out to write fiction that is “100 percent pornographic and 100 percent high art”? According to Garth Greenw

Horace’s How-To 2020-05-21 07:30:47In 476 lines of dactylic hexameter, one of the great Roman poets tells us, if not how he wrote his songs, at any rate how we should go about writing o

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This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About New! 2020-06-06 08:34:00We've compiled a list of places you can go to learn more about systemic racism — acknowledging that, while it's important to have information,

In 'A Burning,' Striving, Dreaming And Joking In New! 2020-06-06 08:00:29Megha Majumdar's new novel is set during the aftermath of a terror attack in India, and examines the intersecting lives of three people affected by t

Connie Schultz On Her Debut Novel And The New! 2020-06-06 08:00:00NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Connie Schultz about her debut novel, "The Daughters of Erietown."

Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem New! 2020-06-06 07:00:00Anti-racist reading lists are making the rounds right now — and they can be useful if people do the work of reading. But critic Juan Vidal sugge

Brit Bennett Set Her Novel 50 Years Ago 2020-06-05 16:13:00The Vanishing Half is about African American twins — one lives as a black woman, the other "passes" as white. Passing is "an act of self-crea

Remembering Award-Winning Author Robb Forman Dew 2020-06-05 13:42:16Dew, who died May 22, wrote intimately about family relationships in both fiction and nonfiction. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1994 about The Family He

Historian Eric Foner On The 'Unresolved Legacy Of 2020-06-05 13:42:16After the Civil War, the federal government promised former slaves equality and citizenship. Historian Eric Foner says the failed promises reverberate

John Ridley Finds Inspiration From Young Protesters Demanding 2020-06-05 05:07:00NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to screenwriter, show producer and novelist John Ridley about the unrest in America over the killing of George Floyd, a bla

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Condemns Trump's Threat To 2020-06-04 20:00:00In rare remarks, retired Gen. Martin Dempsey rebuked the president's threat to use military troops against protesters as "dangerous," saying it wou

'This Is One Way To Dance' Explores A 2020-06-04 08:00:00Essayist Sejal Shah brings important, refreshing, and depressing observations about what it means to have dark skin and an "exotic" name, when the o

Publishers Sue Internet Archive For 'Mass Copyright Infringement' 2020-06-03 14:52:38The lawsuit filed this week in federal court alleges that the organization, which lends books online for free, amounts to a "piracy site" that has b

From Freddie Gray To George Floyd: Wes Moore 2020-06-03 14:24:00In Five Days, Moore chronicles the uprising that occurred in Baltimore following Gray's death. "We're basically reliving history right now," he sa

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