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Quarantine Culture Recommendations: “Better Call Saul,” “Designing Woman,” 2020-04-02 06:00:00Richard Brody, Maya Phillips, and Katy Waldman recommend books, movies, and TV shows to watch during the coronavirus quarantine, including “Bett

Alice Notley and the Art of Not Giving 2020-04-01 14:54:17David Wallace on the poet Alice Notely’s new book-length poem, “For the Ride,” and the trajectory of her career.

Deborah Treisman Reads David Foster Wallace 2020-04-01 06:00:00Deborah Treisman reads and discusses “Good People,” by David Foster Wallace, from a 2007 issue of the magazine.

Rereading Sanmao, the Taiwanese Wayfarer Who Sold Fifteen 2020-03-31 13:17:02Han Zhang writes about Chen Ping, the Tawainese author and traveller known as Sanmao, whose essay collection “Stories of the Sahara” appea

George Saunders Reads “Love Letter” 2020-03-31 09:03:53Deborah Treisman hosts the author George Saunders, who reads his story “Love Letter,” from the April 6, 2020, issue of The New Yorker, on

George Saunders on Politics and the Future 2020-03-30 06:00:00Deborah Treisman speaks with the author George Saunders about his short story “Love Letter,” from the April 6, 2020, issue of The New York

Carolyn Forché’s Education in Looking 2020-03-30 06:00:00Hilton Als on the poet’s best work, writing that engages in a dialectic in which the truth of experience burns as brightly as her intuition and

The History of Loneliness  2020-03-30 06:00:00Until a century or so ago, almost no one lived alone; now many endure shutdowns and lockdowns on their own, Jill Lepore writes. How did modern life ge

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-03-30 06:00:00“The Precipice,” “The Magical Language of Others,” “The Glass Hotel,” and “Then the Fish Swallowed Him.&rdqu

Inside Tove Jansson’s Private Universe  2020-03-30 06:00:00Sheila Heti on Tove Jansson, the cartoonist, writer, and creator of all sorts who was best known as the creator of the Moomins.

Pandemics and the Shape of Human History 2020-03-30 06:00:00Outbreaks have sparked riots and propelled public-health innovations, prefigured revolutions and redrawn maps, Elizabeth Kolbert writes.

Sunday Reading: The Heroic Work of Doctors and 2020-03-29 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive, pieces by Larissa MacFarquhar, Ben Taub, Ariel Levy, John McPhee, and Atul Gawande that offer a reminder of the e

Christian Science Monitor |

‘Pharma’ paints a troubling picture of an unchecked 2020-03-27 18:45:47Gerald Posner’s book covers the history of drugs and drugmakers, in particular the Sackler family, whose Purdue Pharma is implicated in the opio

English chef serves up tart opinions and a 2020-03-27 18:33:32Thom Eagle’s "First, Catch: Study of a Spring Meal" is not a cookbook. It's about being connected to the earth through every ingredient.

Dan Jones plunges into the clash of religions 2020-03-24 17:11:59The popular historian examines the violence and fanaticism, as well as the devotion and conviction, at the heart of the holy wars.

They walked free. Until a reporter knocked at 2020-03-24 16:37:42Journalist Jerry Mitchell dug up evidence that helped reopen decades-old civil rights-era murder cases in the South, including that of Medgar Evers.

Winston Churchill led Britain with grit, bombast, and 2020-03-20 10:33:44In “The Splendid and the Vile,” Erik Larson portrays London during the Blitz, focusing not only on Churchill but also on his family and fr

Too early to plant? Grab a gardening book. 2020-03-17 18:31:27A bumper crop of titles encourages the use of native species, shares practical tips, and offers guidance and inspiration.

Zadie Smith’s ‘Grand Union’ is a superb mélange 2020-03-17 18:24:41She captures contemporary life through multifarious voices, exploring race and class, gender roles, generational differences, and politics.

‘Dominion’ tracks the influence of Christianity across centuries 2020-03-17 18:07:56Historian Tom Holland has written an engaging chronicle of the ways in which Christian thought gradually spread through the West.

Music history was shaped by rebels 2020-03-13 14:21:36Ted Gioia's latest book is a fresh, cogent journey through the long history of personal expression through musical rebellion.

‘The City We Became’ turns New York’s boroughs 2020-03-12 17:01:56N.K. Jemisin’s science fiction novel wastes no time with preliminaries. It’s a ferocious parable of modern race relations.

In March, a bounty of authors at the 2020-03-12 16:39:00Hilary Mantel, Louise Erdrich, N.K. Jemisin, and more top-tier contemporary writers release books that show off their literary prowess.

Ida Tarbell and the magazine that helped break 2020-03-11 16:12:48“Citizen Reporters” tells of tenacious journalist Tarbell, and the eccentric editor S.S. McClure, who gave McClure’s magazine its cl

The New York Review of Books

How Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Covid-19 Crisis to 2020-03-31 03:00:12Censorship in China and elsewhere has fed the pandemic, helping to turn a potentially containable threat into a global calamity. Recognizing that the

A Change in Lesson Plans: Homeschooling in a Pandemic 2020-03-30 03:00:07When word came on the evening of March 15 that the city was finally closing public schools, my relief was laced with panic. My husband and I still hav

Pandemic Journal, March 23–29 2020-03-29 06:30:37A running series of brief dispatches by New York Review writers documenting the coronavirus outbreak with regular updates from around the world, inclu

Portrait of New York City on Lockdown 2020-03-29 06:08:20An eerie silence has descended New York City. Taxis drive by one after the other, lights on, searching for a rare customer. It’s so foreign to w

Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading 2020-03-27 03:00:25Aside from world war, nothing has the capacity to touch every citizen on the globe like a pandemic. History has much to teach us about facing the spre

‘Since I Became Symptomatic’ 2020-03-26 11:31:13Being a single parent is like being a parent except you’re always alone. Being a single parent in quarantine is like being a parent except the i

Pandemic Economics: ‘Much Worse, Very Quickly’ 2020-03-26 06:31:48Last week, Goldman Sachs predicted jobless claims could easily hit 2.25 million this week—seen by some as scaremongering but, it turned out, too

Illness & Crisis, from Medieval Plague Tracts to 2020-03-25 03:00:20When the plague arrived at Catalonia’s doorstep in April 1348, the learned physician Jacme d’Agramont wrote to address the “doubts a

‘Everyone Is Isolated’: An Interview with Yuan Ling 2020-03-24 05:01:50Ian Johnson: You’ve written both fiction and nonfiction. What would be the best way to approach Wuhan? Yuan Ling: The virus causes isolation and

In Brazil, Bolsonaro Gambles on a Coronavirus Culture 2020-03-23 11:13:30Bolsonaro was supposed to be against the idea of the populace forming large crowds in the streets, but he began tweeting out videos of the demonstrati

Pandemic Journal, March 17–22 2020-03-22 04:00:05Dispatches on the coronavirus outbreak from Madeleine Schwartz in Brooklyn, Anne Enright in Dublin, Joshua Hunt in Busan, Anna Badkhen in Lalibela, La

‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider’: A Story of the 2020-03-21 02:00:50Miss Hobbe had passed through, carrying a tray. “My dear child,” she said sharply, with a glance at Miranda’s attire, “wh