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A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present

In contrast, Fidler begins his story more conventionally, with the Romans and, to be more precise, with his son, Joe, in Rome’s Capitoline Museum, admiring the colossal head of Constantine, the man who made Constantinople both the capital of...

Jacqueline Woodson Is Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, said she knew Ms. Woodson would be a natural fit because she had seen her interact with young readers at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where Ms. Hayden was chief executive....

Fred Bass, Who Made the Strand Bookstore a Mecca, Dies at 89

The 70,000 books in the Fourth Avenue store swelled, at the Broadway site, to half a million by the mid-1960s and 2.5 million by the 1990s, requiring the purchase of a storage warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. By the...

A Literary Journey Underground – The New York Times

In his annual State of the State address today, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, of New York, spoke about New York City’s transit crisis. Here are three books in which writers explore the politics and complications involved in building the...

‘The Woman in the Window’ Nods to Classics Old and New, From Hitchcock to ‘The Girl on the Train’

We don’t need a lot of flaunting of the author’s cineaste credentials, but we get it anyway. This will work better later, when the book intercuts movie dialogue from the DVDs Anna watches with what is actually happening in...

To Petrify Time: On Grigory Kanovich’s “Shtetl Love Song” and Sergey Kanovich’s Lost Shtetl Project

JANUARY 3, 2018 IN THE SPRING, my father and I visited Bauska, Latvia — alternatively Bauske, Bauskė, or Boisk, depending on whom you ask — to attend the unveiling of a plaque honoring a distant, long-deceased relative. Located where...

High Hitler – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 3, 2018 WAS ADOLF HITLER a drug addict? Pop culture has exploited the image of the haggard, raging, bunker-bound, declining-and-falling Hitler of the war’s weary and exhausted end: the puffy, bloodshot eyes, the hands shaking (some say because...

Writing Lives: James Atlas on the Art of Biography

JANUARY 3, 2018 The History of the World is but the Biography of Great Men. — Thomas Carlyle ¤ SOMETIMES, as Holden Caulfield innocently observes in The Catcher in the Rye, there are times when you like a book...

Letters to the Editor – The New York Times

Julie Manet To the Editor: As the translator and editor of the recent publication “Growing Up With the Impressionists: The Diary of Julie Manet,” I am bemused, to say the least, by your review by Nancy Kline (Dec. 10),...

What Happens When You Go Under

As the anesthesiologist Henry Jay Przybylo explains in “Counting Backwards,” the word “anesthesia” means “without feeling,” but a modern general anesthetic is about much more than just rendering a patient unconscious. It also involves analgesia, the prevention of pain;...