There isn’t much Joan Didion is under-appreciated for, except maybe this: Nobody has made a greater contribution to the canon of the author photo.
Consider the recent photography exhibition of writers and editors marking the 50th anniversary of The New York Review of Books. Didion—famous for a half century herself—understood the value of taking portraits early and often.
The author Lorrie Moore reviews Friday Night Lights for the New York Review of Books, expressing surprise at finding two other writers at a Manhattan party who also wanted to discuss the show (really, only two?) and discovering their mutual affection for Tim Riggins.
“The people I was speaking with mostly wanted to Read More
A little-noticed art-world catfight is going on in the pages of The New York Review of Books. The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit “The World of Khubilai Khan” was reviewed unfavorably by Eliot Weinberger in the Dec. 23 issue, for among other flaws, letting the Mongols off the hook as mass murderers. In a letter Read More
First Janet Malcolm was blogging! Now Margaret Atwood is both tweeting and blogging about tweeting!
What is this world we are entering?
All that is certain is that the New York Review of Books will show us the way. Read More
As the Observer reported last month, The Huffington Post has been working on a books vertical. Today, on Oct. 5th, HuffPost Books went live. The new section has the site’s usual amalgam of news, profiles, Q&As, and video–along with users’ reviews and essays from Read More
Yesterday afternoon, a little before 5 p.m., the official Twitter feed of the New York Review of Books rang out with a message announcing a job opening. “Editorial assistant wanted,” the tweet said, and pointed interested parties to a job listing on the NYRB Web site. Evidently one of the four Read More
New York Times writer-at-large Charles “Chip” McGrath, the 61-year-old former editor of the paper’s Sunday book review, is working on a profile of rom December 2005 and a lengthy one in New York by James Atlas that appeared in September 2006, shortly after the death of Barbara Epstein, Read More
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog is reporting that the magazine’s television critic, John Leonard, has died.
In addition to writing weekly for that magazine (last week he wrote about returning dramas), Mr. Leonard, who was 69-years-old, wrote a monthly books column for Harper’s. He also served as a Read More
In the November issue of Vanity Fair, David Margolick profiles the artist David Levine, whose pen and pencil work has been a cornerstone of The New York Review of Books for decades. Mr. Levine, who’s 82 years old, has begun to lose his sight from macular degeneration and, as Mr. Margolick Read More
The New York Review of Books is officially moving out of 1755 Broadway, joining in the stream of media firms to Hudson Square. The 45-year-old biweekly has signed a lease for 15,049 square feet at Trinity Real Estate’s 435 Hudson Street, at the northern reaches of the district.
The Review Read More