Against YA
As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it.
The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself
Not long ago, I unearthed a notebook I had long ago misplaced: a small blue ledger in which, for a period of about four years, I recorded the title of each book I was reading as I finished it.
What We See When We Read
If I said to you, “Describe Anna Karenina,” perhaps you’d mention her beauty. If you were reading closely you’d mention her “thick lashes,” her weight, or maybe even her little downy mustache (yes—it’s there).
My Life as a Writer
The following is an interview Philip Roth gave to Daniel Sandstrom, the cultural editor at Svenska Dagbladet, for publication in Swedish translation in that newspaper and in its original English in the Book Review.
Faking Cultural Literacy
LOS ANGELES — I CAN’T help it. Every few weeks, my wife mentions the latest book her book club is reading, and no matter what it is, whether I’ve read it or not, I offer an opinion of the work, based entirely on ...
The future of books is on your phone, not your tablet
Subscription book app Oyster has come a long way since launching just over a year ago. The service has more than quadrupled its library of books to 500,000, landed big publishers like Disney, and released apps on several new platforms like the web.
The novel is dead (this time it's for real)
If you happen to be a writer, one of the great benisons of having children is that your personal culture-mine is equipped with its own canaries.
The 10 Best Books of 2014
The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Scribner, $27.
It’s Tartt—But Is It Art?
No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize.
Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing
This article was published online and printed in the Magazine before Mr. Matthiessen died on Saturday April 5.
Let’s talk about margins
I saw a film recently on an airplane that made me cry. The film was a love story but the love part of the story didn’t make me cry. No, the scene that made me cry was about paper. The movie focuses on a Japanese publishing company’s small dictionary unit.
Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed
Vincent Zandri hails from the future. He is a novelist from the day after tomorrow, when Amazon has remade the worlds of writing, printing, selling and reading books so thoroughly that there is hardly anything left besides Amazon. Mr.
100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die
Amazon book editors have just released a list of their 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime. Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice.