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A Stylistically Daring Novel Considers Fundamental Questions

“hearth, home and parish, towards “the wider world beyond “way beyond.” Or a memory of existential awareness (upon receiving his daughter’s birth certificate) might suddenly turn mundane: “there was a metaphysical reality to her now — she had stepped...

Three Floors, Three Different Israeli Stories

Nevo breaks this taboo, and when a taboo is broken, guilt awakens. Trying to escape guilt, his characters photoshop the truth. What first seems like an honest confession turns out to be a brilliant act of self-deception. The confessors...

The Shortlist: A Trove of Continental Fiction Explores Loss

Novels written by authors from across Europe traverse the vast terrains of human grief and resilience. Source link

LARB Radio Hour: Russia, Romance, Revolution! Janet Fitch’s “The Revolution of Marina M.”

Janet Fitch, author of the legendary novel White Oleander, joins co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to talk about her new work, The Revolution of Marina M., which tells the story of a young woman poet coming of age...

Michael Wolff, From Local Media Scourge to National Newsmaker

Even for the brazenly confident Mr. Wolff, a status-mad needler with a habit of being ejected from expensive restaurants, this is a new level of notoriety. He is accustomed to angering the Manhattan power elite, not the leader of...

The Real Nanny Diaries – The New York Times

Some of the nannies do not reveal their participation to their employers. “You want to keep your private life private,” said Carol Ottley, a 57-year-old nanny from Trinidad and Tobago. “When you try to educate yourself, your employers might...

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Photo There’s good news and bad news on this week’s list of recommended books. Well, almost exclusively bad news, at least in terms of subject matter. These picks cover the devastation of tsunamis, earthquakes and wildfires; the Spanish flu...

What Do We Owe Our Planet?

JANUARY 4, 2018 SIXTY YEARS AGO, Anglican children used to sing, with some gusto, a hymn extolling the beauties of the Earth, from “Greenland’s icy mountains” and “India’s coral strand” to other examples of the Creator’s artistry. Two lines,...

Our Cha-Cha Toward Oblivion: Kurt Caswell Interviews John Lane

JANUARY 4, 2018 JOHN LANE’S newest book, Anthropocene Blues, is a collection of poetry that addresses the fate of humanity against the loss of species diversity and the terrifying planetary impact of climate change. Lane sings both in praise...

Notes From the Book Review Archives

This week’s cover considers the historical influence of books and literature. But with so many books, there’s never enough time. In 1984, the Book Review asked a handful of writers, including Jean Strouse and Eudora Welty, about some of...