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Bruce Springsteen’s Brilliant Disguise

The Boss discusses his depression, the E Street Band’s misogyny, and rock ’n’ roll’s racial difficulties in his new memoir.

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Sept. 23 2016 3:30 PMThe Story of John le Carré and His Father, the Anti–George Smiley
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Sept. 12 2016 11:24 AMThe Audio Book Club Hangs Out With the GirlsSlate critics discuss Emma Cline’s feverish reimagining of the Manson murders.
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Sept. 9 2016 7:13 AMVirtual GraveIn Lara Vapnyar’s Still Here, startups are the new false land of opportunity for immigrants.
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Sept. 8 2016 10:58 AMMy Brilliant MomNadja Spiegelman’s memoir about four generations of charged mother-daughter relationships.
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Sept. 8 2016 6:00 AMDiary of a Binge-WatcherIn the ’80s, Clive James said TV would never be more than “mediocre.” Then, devouring endless hours of television changed his mind.
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Sept. 7 2016 5:30 AMGirl, ManterruptedWhat’s the role of cutesy workplace feminism, full of slang like himitator and bropriator, amid the deeply un-cute sexism of Ailes and his ilk?
Brow Beat
Sept. 6 2016 6:02 AMRead a Four-Page Preview of Margaret Atwood’s Comic Book Angel Catbird
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Sept. 6 2016 5:45 AMNothing Is IlluminatedJonathan Safran Foer’s new novel is most powerful when it doesn’t try to reach easy conclusions.
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Aug. 30 2016 11:02 AMI Censor the Books I Read to My Child. I’m Not Ashamed!
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Aug. 26 2016 8:00 AMMiss Peregrine’s Author Ransom Riggs, Interviewed by an Extremely Well-Prepared 11-Year-Old Fan
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Aug. 23 2016 9:30 AMThe Great Rooms of Children’s Literature
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Aug. 18 2016 1:29 PMWe’ve Stopped Translating Children’s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin?
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Aug. 16 2016 9:30 AMWait, in This Children’s Book, the Robbers Steal the Little Kid and What Happens?!
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Aug. 12 2016 11:09 AMHow Did Children’s Literature Evolve From Prim Morality Tales to the Likes of Captain Underpants?
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Aug. 10 2016 12:24 PMWatership Down and the Power of Not-Quite-Appropriate Children’s Books
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Sept. 14 2016 7:00 AMHow to Play Your Way to a Fun LifeJust don’t expect to enjoy everything all the time, says Ian Bogost in his new book, Play Anything.
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Sept. 9 2016 12:03 PMThe Life’s Journey of the Phone-Sex OperatorA witty and sexy comic about a woman trying to figure out her life.
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Sept. 8 2016 11:00 AMWandering Pathways, Scrabbling ClawsStephen Burt on a geekily magnificent Florida poem by Allan Peterson.
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Sept. 8 2016 9:44 AMIn Praise of Reader ReviewsA book critic on what she learns from the masses on Amazon and Goodreads.
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Sept. 7 2016 9:15 AMClose to HomeAnn Patchett on her new novel, writing from life, and her extremely chill family.
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Sept. 6 2016 10:15 AMAmerica’s First Civil WarAlan Taylor’s new history poses the revolution as a battle inside America as well as for its liberty.
Brow Beat
Sept. 6 2016 6:01 AMThe Story Behind Margaret Atwood's Bonkers New Comic About a Flying Cat-Bird Superhero
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Aug. 31 2016 1:33 PMBooks Your Kids Will Actually Like, Chosen by the People Who Know
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Aug. 29 2016 9:00 AMThe Unexpected, Trashy Joy of Reading Kids’ Books Written by Celebrities
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Aug. 24 2016 9:00 AMHow Lynda Barry Met Marlys
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Aug. 22 2016 5:45 AMHow Hard Is It To Make Your Own Children’s Book? Reader, We Tried.
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Aug. 17 2016 2:59 PMThe Wonderful, Terrible Power of Food in Roald Dahl
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Aug. 15 2016 1:39 PMGertrude Stein Wrote a Children’s Book, and It’s As Weirdly Mesmerizing As You’d Think  
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Aug. 11 2016 6:21 PMA Nancy Drew Ghostwriter on the Art of Being “Carolyn Keene” and the Evolution of Nancy Drew
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Aug. 10 2016 5:30 AMPracticing Art With Liberty and JoyHow does an ironist write about slavery? Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

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