New & Noteworthy – The New York Times
New this week:
I’VE BEEN THINKING … By Maria Shriver. Read by the author. (Penguin Audio.) The activist and media mogul reveals her secrets to maintaining sanity and sense of self in a hectic world. S.T.A.G.S. By M. A. Bennett. Read by Katharine McEwan. (Listening Library.) Bennett’s debut young adult thriller follows a teenage scholarship student at an elite boarding school as she accepts an invitation to join the institution’s blue bloods for a weekend getaway that turns perilous. ALL THE PIECES MATTER: The Inside Story of “The Wire” By Jonathan Abrams. Read by the author et al. (Random House Audio.) The cast and crew of the landmark HBO crime drama bring to life Abrams’s oral history of the program, which wrapped in 2008 after five seasons depicting the drug wars and grim realities of the American justice system from the perspective of the Baltimore streets. DEAD PEOPLE SUCK By Laurie Kilmartin. Read by the author. (Macmillan Audio.) The comedian and Emmy-nominated writer for “Conan” narrates her hilarious and heartfelt how-tos for coping with grief. THE RIGHT STUFF By Tom Wolfe. Read by Dennis Quaid. (Audible.) In a nonfiction narrative that has become an American classic, the author of “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” turns his eye on the trials and triumphs of life as an astronaut — now with a new original narration by the distinguished actor.
In which we ask colleagues at The Times what they’re reading now.
“For female reporters in the 1950s and 1960s, the balcony at the National Press Club said everything. It was, Nan Robertson wrote, ‘one of the ugliest symbols of discrimination against women to be found in the world of journalism.’ Denied membership until 1971, women on assignment were forced to stand in the club’s balcony, looking down as their male colleagues dined, rubbed shoulders and asked questions of world leaders — and the press went along with it. Robertson, a former correspondent for The Times who died in 2009, found the balcony such a powerful metaphor that she used it for the title of her 1992 book, THE GIRLS IN THE BALCONY, a chronicle of the 1974 federal sex-discrimination lawsuit that women on staff brought against this newspaper. The book, still required reading for journalism geeks, can feel both dated and eerily contemporary, particularly at a moment when questions about what women have endured at work and in the world are being raised anew. ‘I think we women have discovered in talking to each other,’ Betsy Wade, the lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, said in 1972, ‘that our problems — which we thought were individual — turned out to be … universal.’”
— Jessica Lustig, Deputy Editor, The New York