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March 9, 2011

A Beginner’s Guide to Drugs For Girls 4

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Tasteless and horrifying–nay, even a sign of the apocalypse–or rather excellent advice for college-bound young ladies?  You decide: Vice Magazine‘s “A Beginner’s Guide to Drugs For Girls.” (A taste: “Here are some pointers for the beginners out there so you can get high without becoming that girl slumped in the corner of the night bus […]

March 9, 2011

New Release Day Continued 1

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A couple more big name books out in paperback this week: David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Next by James Hynes. (Thanks, Dan)

March 9, 2011

Experimental Champions: Three European Masterworks Worth Reconsidering 8

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European writers have the ability (perhaps the freedom) to be applauded as experimentalists, while also being championed by the literary establishment.

March 8, 2011

Late American Novel Love 0

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The brief excerpt of The Late American Novel that appeared in the New York Times Magazine this past weekend was also the first appearance of “A Tiny New Culture Section With No Name,” part of the Magazine’s redesign. At the Magazine’s “behind-the-scenes” blog, Editor Adam Sternbergh talks about the tiny new section and has some […]

March 8, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Obreht, Edgarian, Brooks, Gordon, McEwan, Skloot 1

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New this week is The Tiger’s Wife, the hotly anticipated debut of Téa Obreht, the youngest of the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 from last year. Also new in the fiction aisle is Carol Edgarian’s Three Stages of Amazement. David Brooks’s latest pop sociology effort The Social Animal is now out — this one, excerpted […]

March 8, 2011

Round One of the Rooster 0

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With the preliminaries out of the way, The Morning News Tournament of books unveils its first head-to-head matchup today, Teddy Wayne’s Kapitoil versus Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Don’t miss the commentary that accompanies each judgment (some say it’s the best part of the whole thing.)

March 8, 2011

Grief, the Cruel and Fickle Muse 21

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Grief, all of a sudden, is hot.  Books by authors who have lost a loved one are becoming so common they’re now a classifiable snowflake in the unending blizzard of memoirs.

March 7, 2011

ROOSTER! 0

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Did you forget that The Morning News Tournament of Books starts today? If so, I bet you’re glad you saw this reminder. Have fun.

March 7, 2011

For Sonny – With Love and Sympathy: Kenneth Slawenski’s J.D. Salinger: A Life 15

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Before I say anything about Slawenski’s compelling but adoring biography of Salinger, I have a question: does anyone really, really understand just why Seymour Glass blows his brains out at the end of  “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”?

March 7, 2011

The Memory That Never Was: Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein 1

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Given enough time, all science writing—no matter how casually or clinically it is presented—winds up being wrong. Likewise, any work of participatory journalism that finds the undertaking more interesting than the author is bound for obscurity.