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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon? 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:02 GMT 
    Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.








Curt Gentry, 83, Co-Author of ‘Helter Skelter,’ Dies 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:34:49 GMT 
    Mr. Gentry’s books ranged from the Manson murders to J. Edgar Hoover to the madams of San Francisco.








Books of The Times: ‘Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves’ 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:33:37 GMT 
    “Do Not Sell at Any Price,” by Amanda Petrusich, and “Dust & Grooves,” by Eilon Paz, look at people who are obsessive about collecting old records.








Books: 'Proof' Drinks in the Science of Alcohol 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:15:50 GMT 
    A study of alcohol — its manufacture and consumption — highlights its reliance on good chemistry and the magical process of fermentation that turns sugars into intoxicating drinks.








Room for Debate: Does Poetry Matter? 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:21:34 GMT 
    Sunday's New York Times Book Review featured several new collections of poems. But does poetry matter? Is it relevant?








ArtsBeat: The Baffler Puts Its Archive Online 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:01:13 GMT 
    The acerbic left-wing magazine has made all of its 25 back issues available online for the first time.








Books of The Times: ‘Lucky Us’ by Amy Bloom, a Tale of the 1940s 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:50:43 GMT 
    In “Lucky Us,” the novelist Amy Bloom describes the improvised passage through the 1940s by two half sisters, their father and loves.








Amazon Unveils E-Book Subscription Service, With Some Notable Absences 
  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:27:40 GMT 
    The Internet retailer is entering a competitive field, but is bundling its audiobook library into the service for a decided edge.








ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The Life of Clare Boothe Luce 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:47:18 GMT 
    Sylvia Jukes Morris discusses “Price of Fame.”








ArtsBeat: Poetry Profiles: Four Way Books 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:37:47 GMT 
    Martha Rhodes discusses the publisher’s work.








ArtsBeat: North Carolina’s New Poet Laureate Bows Out 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:41:07 GMT 
    After facing criticism from other poets, North Carolina’s poet laureate resigned, less than a week after her appointment.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:29:36 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.


Crime: ‘The Forsaken,’ by Ace Atkins, and More 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:24:54 GMT 
    In Ace Atkins’s “The Forsaken,”


‘This Blue,’ by Maureen N. McLane 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:24:42 GMT 
    From urban pigeons to the Adirondacks, Maureen N. McLane celebrates the intricacies of the natural world.


‘The Great Glass Sea,’ by Josh Weil 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:24:30 GMT 
    The lives of Russian twins diverge in the post-Soviet years in this first novel.


Paperback Row 
  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:18:41 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.
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