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Outraged Romantic

What is Jeremiah Moss really pining for when he decries the loss of Old New York?

Aug. 17 2017 9:53 AMIf “The End of Men” Were a NovelTom Perrotta’s latest chronicle of suburban life feels less like a coherent story than an extended think piece about “the way we live now.”
Aug. 16 2017 9:30 AMKeep It Hot, Keep It RealMatthew Klam’s Who Is Rich? totally reinvigorates the literary cliché of the male midlife crisis.
Aug. 14 2017 7:45 AMNowhere ManIn this extraordinary Korean comic, a cartoonist and his wife escape to the country, and everything goes wrong.
July 26 2017 12:17 PMThe World Without UsWhat kind of books do you write when you believe civilization is doomed?
July 18 2017 2:37 PMThe Chickenshit ClubA new book indicts the Justice Department with a fiery passion. So why do its arguments feel so inert?
July 12 2017 9:30 AMShe Dined on Black PuddingA new book about the diets of notable women redeems the whole sentimental, self-indulgent genre of food writing.
June 26 2017 12:22 PMThe Hunger to Stop HurtingRoxane Gay, through the act of memoir, attempts to take possession of her body.
June 19 2017 11:49 AMTo Overflow Every Division Between Human BeingsArundhati Roy’s immensely rewarding The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
June 13 2017 10:21 AMThe Mournful, Lonely Feminism of Chelsea Clinton’s She PersistedIf the broken heart of the Clinton campaign wrote a kids’ book, this would be it.
June 12 2017 3:59 PMOenophiles Gone WildWho would have guessed that a journey through the snooty world of sommeliers could be such raucous fun?
June 5 2017 5:50 AMWhy Not Al?Al Franken says his book isn’t a prelude to a presidential campaign, but the American people can hope, right?
May 26 2017 10:15 AMKillers of the Flower MoonHow does David Grann manage to repackage the historical record so that it arrives with the force of a revelation?
May 23 2017 12:42 PMWhat They Did to My BabyA new memoir by Trayvon Martin’s parents lays bare the emotional costs of watching your child’s murder catalyze a social movement.
May 15 2017 10:15 AMRed Pens and Invisible InkEditors do their work behind the scenes, but they can have as much to do with a novel’s success (or failure) as the author does.
May 15 2017 7:00 AMVoice in the WildernessIt’s hard to be the voice of a generation when your generation doesn’t need you anymore.
Aug. 16 2017 10:38 AM“I Had a Boss Who Interrupted Me Constantly to Say, ‘Gee, You Have Pretty Hair’ ”Ellen Ullman, who worked as a computer programmer in the ’70s and ’80s, on building a career within the “boy culture” of tech.
Aug. 15 2017 9:18 AMTrue Crime Gets PrettyOnce trashy and compelling, true crime is now the realm of credentialed literary writers. Is that an improvement?
Aug. 3 2017 12:28 PMTell Me I’m InterestingSally Rooney’s debut novel is a remarkably charming exploration of that very uncharming subject: the human ego.
July 21 2017 9:38 AMExotic MinutiaeA new novel imagines the psychology of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murderer with vivid, obsessive historical detail.
July 17 2017 9:30 AMHow Reality CrumblesA timely and troubling new novel ranks among the best works of queer science fiction.
July 5 2017 10:41 AMFamous Last WordsThree memoirs of mortality suggest that even for the terminally ill, universal truths are elusive.
June 23 2017 9:41 AMMother-StungSherman Alexie’s terrific book is the latest entry in a burgeoning genre: memoirs of moms.
June 15 2017 11:29 AMSecond SightTeju Cole’s new book of photography and essays feels like the fulfillment of an intellectual project that has defined most of his career.
June 13 2017 9:00 AMA Novel Wrapped in a MysteryMaile Meloy’s thriller is a bait and switch in the best sense.
June 6 2017 1:36 PM“When I Write Fiction, I’m in My Body as a Different Person”Arundhati Roy on balancing her dual identity as fiery political commentator and soft-spoken novelist.
May 31 2017 9:00 AMBless Me FatherPatricia Lockwood’s writerly touch in her family memoir is almost too light.
May 25 2017 7:30 AMDark FuturesWhat happens when literary novelists experiment with science fiction.
May 22 2017 10:44 AMShe’s Not Like Those Other Feminists   Laura Kipnis’ lively, thrilling, maddening crusade against PC overreach in campus sexual politics.
May 15 2017 9:00 AMShalts and Shalt-NotsWhy do the Ten Commandments occupy such a lofty place in the American sensibility?
May 4 2017 7:19 AMRead the First Six Pages of the New Issue of the Award-Winning Comic Pope HatsGeorge Saunders loves Pope Hats. You will too.

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