| Jun 27, 2013
| 6:21 PM
Last week there was a hubbub over a Kickstarter campaign to fund a "seduction" guidebook that included passages that encouraged men to be assertive with women. "Don't ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances," and other amateur...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 1:50 PM
If the last week has taught us anything, it’s the power, and limitations, of political narrative. First, there was Hurricane Sandy, which brought climate change back into the presidential race — and led to an essential photo op: President...
| May 10, 2013
| 7:19 AM
On his show Thursday night, Stephen Colbert hosted a book club with distinct Oprah-like overtones: cozy chairs, yellow pillows, a pastel tie and chardonnay. The book at hand was F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."
To discuss the novel, he...
| Jun 2, 2013
Summer is my favorite season — always has been. Partly, it's the light: slow and thick, like a glaze of honey spread across the world. Partly, it's the heat, which I feel in my joints, making me imagine I was loose-limbed again.
But more than...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's almost as if Kevin Smokler found himself in 30-something detention: well into adulthood, he was sentenced to go back and re-read the books he read in high school English class. He might have escaped if he hadn't been passing notes in class written...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 1:51 PM
Woes of the True Policeman
Roberto Bolaño, translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $25
An early death isn't the end for a writer. Like a special dispensation from...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 5:24 PM
Karl Rove: Fox News commentator, conservative who caused consternation on election night, major Republican strategist. And fan of metafictional writer Jorge Luis Borges. Yes, really.
The news comes from Rove's own website (via Twitter). Since 2010, Rove...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 1:51 PM
Salman Rushdie’s new memoir of his time in hiding, "Joseph Anton," weighs in at more than 600 pages. The British-Indian author was the target of a fatwa death sentence issued by Iranian clerics. A lot of people helped him survive a decade of...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:22 PM
No two readers are alike. No two mothers are alike. And the only way to really find out what might be a good book to get your mother for Mother’s Day is to ask her what she likes to read.
My own mother’s reading habits have always been a bit...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 8:14 AM
Apple headed to court Monday, as its e-book price fixing trial begins. The U.S. Justice Department alleged last year that Apple had conspired with five publishers to set the prices for e-books when it was planning to launch the iPad and enter the e-book...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 12:28 PM
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son." The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:00 PM
"Bough Down," the first book by artist Karen Green, arrives trailing a train of sorrow. Green was married to writer David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in September 2008. He was 46. Green has surfaced intermittently since then, giving few...