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An Unusual Jewish Novel, Full of Blood and Incense

But Namdar’s deeper subject isn’t contemporary patriarchy and its discontents. Some critics have mistaken the book as continuing the tradition of Saul Bellow, Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud — whose names Namdar strategically drops, as red herrings — with...

At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration

South High School is Denver’s designated school for non-English-speaking students whose educations have been disrupted. Here, teenagers uprooted by war, violence and deprivation meet the most generous of Americans. Nice people from churches, synagogues and Goodwill all appear in...

‘Fire and Fury’ from Canada: It’s Not About Trump. Or Michael Wolff.

OTTAWA — Like many book buyers, Randall Hansen, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, has been unable to find a copy of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff’s instant best-seller. His...

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive

The Miller archive, comprising 322 linear feet of material, is certainly a rich one. It documents the whole of his public career, including the development of classic plays like “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible” and his showdown...

Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race

Racial passing is the central concern of both novels. In “Black No More,” a doctor (the splendidly named Crookman) invents a procedure that permanently transforms black people into “Nordic” whites. It’s simple, safe and quick, taking three days for...

More Speech or Enforced Silence? Stephen Rohde Reviews Two Recent Books on the Subject of Free Speech on Campus

JANUARY 9, 2018 IN THE MIDST of another turbulent moment in American history, from white supremacists chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville to racist remarks at UC Berkeley, the limits on free speech are being severely tested,...

An A to Z of Iain Sinclair on the Occasion of the American Publication of “The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City”

JANUARY 9, 2018 WHY AN A TO Z of Iain Sinclair? Partly because the A–Z (pronounced “A to Z” but spelled A–Z) was the map, in book form, by which for so long, so many London insiders and outsiders...

On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World

Describing an incident in which he was halted just outside his office in Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Akil said in a recent interview, “I had been stopped by the police quite a few times, but my anger in being...

Now Read This: Discussion Questions for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Jesmyn Ward’s novel is our first pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.” Source link

The PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club

Introducing the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club Video by PBS NewsHour Now Read This is a book club offered jointly from the PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. Every month, we’ll pick a book that helps us...