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Sunday Reading: Cocktail Hour 2020-06-28 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: pieces by Chang-rae Lee, Dana Goodyear, Anthony Lane, and Joan Acocella about alcohol and the cultural influence

In “Wendy, Master of Art,” Walter Scott’s Antihero 2020-06-27 12:00:00Naomi Fry reviews Walter Scott’s new book, “Wendy: Master of Art,” which follows the titular character on her third adventure throug

Clarence Major Reads Billy Collins 2020-06-24 06:00:00On The New Yorker’s Poetry Podcast, the poet Clarence Major joins Kevin Young to discuss “Downpour,” by Billy Collins, and his own p

Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Death in Her Hands” Is a 2020-06-23 17:12:02Kevin Power reviews “Death in Her Hands,” a new novel by Ottessa Moshfegh, the author of “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” &ld

Frank Kameny’s Orderly, Square Gay-Rights Activism 2020-06-22 06:00:00Caleb Crain writes that an astronomer for the Army Map Service was an unlikely, but crucial, combatant for erotic freedom.

On Finding and Translating Kafka’s Fragmented, Claustrophobic Gems 2020-06-22 06:00:00Deborah Treisman interviews the New Directions editor Barbara Epler and the translator Michael Hofmann about “The Rescue Will Begin in Its Own T

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-06-22 06:00:00“Death in Her Hands,” “The Taste of Sugar,” “Prophetic City,” and “The Price of Peace.”

The Celebration of Juneteenth in Ralph Ellison’s “Juneteenth” 2020-06-21 10:00:00Troy Patterson writes about a passage in Ralph Ellison’s posthumous novel “Juneteenth” that speaks to the vital importance of the ho

Sunday Reading: Medical Tales 2020-06-21 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: pieces by Atul Gawande, Berton Roueché, Laura Hillenbrand, Oliver Sacks, Joan Acocella, Margaret Talbot, K

The History That James Baldwin Wanted America to 2020-06-19 06:00:00Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., writes about what James Baldwin took away from the work and philosophies of Martin Luther King, Jr., and W. E. B. Du Bois., how

Scholastique Mukasonga on Writing and Mourning from Exile 2020-06-15 06:00:00Deborah Treisman interviews the author Scholastique Mukasonga about her short story “Grief,” from the June 22, 2020, issue of The New York

Brit Bennett Reimagines the Literature of Passing 2020-06-15 06:00:00In her second novel, the author uses a familiar genre to explore startling visions of selfhood, Sarah Resnick writes.

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The four best audiobooks of June to take 2020-06-23 19:13:15Hardboiled mysteries, obscure farming communities, and tales of home and family provide ample entertainment in June’s audiobook roundup.

The 10 best books of June bring hope 2020-06-22 08:34:20Humans are fundamentally good, Longfellow deserves a reappraisal, and butterflies are marvels of aerodynamics – these topics make for sparkling

‘Shakespeare in a Divided America’ considers the tug-of-war 2020-06-19 18:45:42James Shapiro’s latest book examines key moments in American history in light of the themes and rhetoric of Shakespeare’s plays.

Lively memoir ‘The Watergate Girl’ tells a prosecutor’s 2020-06-18 17:48:36Jill Wine-Banks tells of her role as a young lawyer working with Archibald Cox during the trials of those involved in the Watergate cover-up.

Q&A with Jennifer Steil, author of ‘Exile Music’ 2020-06-18 16:52:46Author Jennifer Steil discusses Jewish history in Bolivia, creating imaginary worlds, and musical expression.

Longfellow fell out of fashion. A biographer aims 2020-06-18 16:34:00In “Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” Nicholas A. Basbanes makes the case for a reassessment of the 19th century poet.

Anti-racism reading list: 10 books to get started 2020-06-16 09:58:00In an essay, Andrea King Collier recommends books on the everyday experiences of Black people, and urges readers to settle in for the long haul.

‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history 2020-06-12 17:13:14President Roosevelt was determined to break up monopolies. J.P. Morgan was equally set on keeping them. The two men fought a pitched battle.

On stories of Black struggle, an iconic L.A. 2020-06-12 15:36:00Sales at Eso Won Books in Los Angeles and other Black bookstores have skyrocketed as Americans seek to educate themselves about the Black experience.

Humans are a (mostly) kind species. A Dutch 2020-06-11 16:35:46Rutger Bregman’s “Humankind: A Hopeful History” challenges the Hobbesian notion that humans, left to their own devices, devolve into

‘I’m Your Huckleberry’: Val Kilmer’s candid take on 2020-06-11 14:00:02In his memoir, “I’m Your Huckleberry,” the actor talks about winning fame, dropping out of Hollywood, and his ongoing spiritual seek

‘The Vanishing Half’ is a compelling novel on 2020-06-10 17:56:34Brit Bennett’s newest book navigates difficult truths with clarity and grace, and her vivid characters are hard to forget.

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It is a Choice (because Kanye) 2020-07-02 06:00:23The rapper chooses his vacancies. Room does not choose the rapper. The rapper walked into rooms. or were dragged into rooms. were dragged into rooms.

Wanting Wrong 2020-07-02 05:00:45The narrator of Miranda Popkey’s first novel, Topics of Conversation, is the daughter of an old Hollywood family, now in gentle decline. Her nic

The Rose 2020-07-02 04:30:46At some point I realized the questions were the same questions. I’m studying implicit race bias in toddlers. I’m tracking the advent of th

Israel’s Annexation Plan, a New Era in Palestinian 2020-07-02 03:02:16Disenchanted with their official leadership, Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, Israel, and the diaspora are increasingly redefining their stru

A Shuttered Garage, a Devastated Trade 2020-06-29 06:30:44The taxi industry has been brutally crunched on two sides—from skyrocketing operating costs, on the one hand, and a sharp decline in business, o

He Made Stone Speak 2020-06-28 08:00:03Because all creative people start out as young people, we have a tendency to ascribe creativity to youth itself, but mature masters like Michelangelo

The Films of Women’s Liberation 2020-06-27 03:00:41An exceptional series currently streaming on the Criterion Channel, “Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories,” is an occasion to

Pulling Down ‘the Wall of No’ on Police 2020-06-26 06:49:50Lena K. Gardner, a co-founder of the Black Visions Collective, found her early engagements with city politicians, including her councilman, Jacob Frey

A Legacy of Torture in Chicago 2020-06-25 09:00:19Chicago has a police torture problem. The exact size of this problem is not known and perhaps never will be. What is known for sure is that between 19

Richard Wright, Masaoka Shiki, and the Haiku of 2020-06-25 07:07:50Bedridden in his Odéon apartment, Richard Wright—author of the 1940 novel Native Son and the autobiographical Black Boy (1945), his seari

Indulging with Control in Fiction 2020-06-24 03:00:00Characters dream of solving their problems by becoming more controlled and many have delusions of “election”—the sense of oneself as

Britain’s Colonial Legacy on Trial at The Hague 2020-06-23 03:00:59This legacy—of Britain's slavery and colonialism, racism and empire—that had been delicately skipped over in my classes soon came ever mo

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'Unholy' Examines The Alliance Between White Evangelicals And 2020-07-08 13:21:13The president isn't known for his faith. Instead, author Sarah Posner says he connects with Evangelicals by voicing the legal, social, religious and

If Surprise Makes A Great Novel, 'Antkind' Is 2020-07-08 07:00:11Charlie Kaufman's doorstopper new novel could only have been written by Charlie Kaufman — which may seem vague, but we promise it fits the unap

Trump's Niece Pens Tell-All. Offers Scathing Portrait Of 2020-07-08 05:01:00Parts of an incendiary book by President Trump's niece are beginning to come to light. Excerpts surfaced publicly on Tuesday, ahead of the expected r

Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head 2020-07-08 05:01:00Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third

Black Bookstores Face Increased Demand Amid Protests Against 2020-07-07 15:57:00Some Black-owned bookstores are facing a sudden demand — new customers are seeking books to help navigate America's moment of racial reckoning.

'The Stakes Are Far Higher Than They've Ever 2020-07-07 15:51:16Mary Trump offers a scathing portrait of the president in a book that very nearly was blocked from publication. Now its publisher is bumping up the re

Coronavirus And Drinking Games: Author Of New Book 2020-07-07 12:49:21Adam Kucharski, author of the new book The Rules Of Contagion, talks about how to predict the spread (and end) of contagious events, from viruses to i

'We've Got To Learn From Our History,' 'Demagogue' 2020-07-07 11:39:00Author Larry Tye chronicles Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous smear campaign in a new book. He says both McCarthy and Trump are "bullies" who exploit

'Want' Captures The Precariousness Of America's Middle Class 2020-07-07 10:20:00The family at the center of Lynn Steger Strong's novel is on the brink of bankruptcy. Want is a portrait of how close to the edge people are —

In 'Members Only,' Pandya Examines Brown Space Between 2020-07-07 05:04:00NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Sameer Pandya, author of the new book: Members Only.

Journalist Kim Wall's Parents Show She Was More 2020-07-07 05:00:00Kim Wall was 30 when she was killed by a source. Her parents are working to make sure her name will not be a warning but a tag under ambitious investi

Privilege Takes Many Forms In 'Friends And Strangers' 2020-07-06 16:13:24J. Courtney Sullivan's new novel examines the relationship between a mother and her child's caregiver — both women with significant degrees of

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