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"All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned--the biggest word of all--look."

—Robert (L.) Fulghum (b. 1937) American writer, author

 

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Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:19 GMT 
    Plumbing the depths of American literature’s darkest comedian.


Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’ Makes European Publishers Squirm 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:42 GMT 
    The novel, set in a concentration camp, has touched off concerns about sensitivity in Europe, where Mr. Amis’s French and German publishers have rejected it.








Books of The Times: ‘How to Build a Girl,’ by Caitlin Moran 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:12:38 GMT 
    “How to Build a Girl,” Caitlin Moran’s first novel, tells a comic coming-of-age tale in the 1990s about a teenager from the British hinterlands who reinvents herself as a rock critic.








Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It? 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:01 GMT 
    James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.








In Latest Volley Against Amazon, Hachette’s Writers Target Its Board 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:56:25 GMT 
    Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and allies, is appealing to Amazon’s board to consider their reputation in the battle over e-book pricing.








Books: Art Entangled in Nature 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:20:41 GMT 
    The portraits of nature gathered here cover centuries, fixing on that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect.








Joshua Ferris’s ‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:06:03 GMT 
    Joshua Ferris’s “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is about an atheistic but Philo-Semitic dentist who has no luck with women.








Decoding a Menu at Root & Bone 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:42:18 GMT 
    A new book from a Stanford University linguistics professor looks at how we describe what we eat.


ArtsBeat: Philadelphia Museum Losing Its Maurice Sendak Collection 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:06:05 GMT 
    The Rosenbach Museum and Library will send thousands of Sendak items to Connecticut, where a Sendak museum is planned.








ArtsBeat: In the Running for a Young People’s Literature Prize 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:57 GMT 
    The 10 titles on the longlist of the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Award for Young People’s Literature underscore the diversity of subject matter in this area of publishing.








Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:51:34 GMT 
    Digital publishers have gotten better at creating e-books that preserve a poet’s meticulous formatting, but some writers are still leery of surrendering their work to the digital realm.








Books of The Times: In Ian McEwan’s ‘The Children Act,’ Medicine Meets Religion 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:10:47 GMT 
    In Ian McEwan’s latest novel, “The Children Act,” a British judge is drawn into medical choices facing a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses.








‘War and Gold,’ by Kwasi Kwarteng 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:53 GMT 
    A historian examines the rise of the gold standard and the economies that have embraced and abandoned it.








‘Acceptance,’ by Jeff VanderMeer 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:33 GMT 
    In a trilogy’s conclusion, the mysterious ecosystem known as Area X yields more of its secrets.








‘Station Eleven,’ by Emily St. John Mandel 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:21 GMT 
    After a pandemic kills most of the human race, a traveling theater company roams around, searching for an audience.








‘Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA,’ by Morten Storm 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:07 GMT 
    A whistle-blower describes his path from biker-gang leader to Muslim activist to spy for three Western intelligence agencies.






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