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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...

Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli Novelist and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 85

“The ingenuous person is always a shlimazl, a clownish victim of misfortune, never hearing the danger signals in time, getting mixed up, tangled up and finally falling in the trap,” Mr. Appelfeld told Philip Roth in a conversation published...

Kind of Human – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 4, 2018 IT HAS BECOME commonplace in academic circles to assess a scholarly work by the magnitude of its “intervention.” According to one of the definitions provided by Merriam-Webster, to “intervene” is “to interfere with the outcome or course especially...

A Gumbo of Crime: From the Bayou to Britain

Photo Credit Pablo Amargo James Lee Burke is what fellow writers call a wordsmith. He can make your eyes water with a lyrical description of tropical rain falling on a Louisiana bayou: “I love the mist hanging in the...

Daniel Mendelsohn: By the Book

Which classic novel did you recently read for the first time? Since I’m a nonfiction writer, and always trying to remind people that nonfiction is literature, too, I’ll talk about a classic work of nonfiction, ok? I’d read large...