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A Life in the Book Biz

John Sargent’s memoir reveals an informed guide to modern publishing, and then some: from heading up Macmillan to fighting off Amazon.

Sep 27, 2023
Book Markers: Schultz and Schulman, Homes and Bernstein

Philip Schultz and Grace Schulman talk poets and poetry at Duck Creek, while A.M. Homes and Carl Bernstein hash out the political moment.

Sep 27, 2023
Book Markers: Honors, Tragedies, Readings

Paul Harding longlisted, Richard Brockman as survivor, Fran Castan and Canio Pavone read.

Sep 21, 2023
Reversals of Fortune 

The 30 stories in Francis Levy’s “The Kafka Studies Department” add a lightly absurdist take on human psychology to the landscape of literary brevity.

Sep 21, 2023
Looking for Mr. Bunbury

“Gays on Broadway” is not a comprehensive study. What it is is an idiosyncratic and arch amalgam of history, criticism, and juicy gossip.

Sep 14, 2023
There Goes the Neighborhood

Coogan’s, a late, lamented neighborhood bar in Washington Heights, is the subject of a new book whose author will be at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton to talk about it with the saloon’s former owner.

Sep 6, 2023
All That Glitters

Helen Schulman’s new novel is a #MeToo tale driven by one question: “How could one woman do this to another woman?”

Sep 6, 2023
Playwright at Work

Christopher Byrne considers the life and work of Terrence McNally, a giant of the American theater.

Aug 30, 2023
Postcards From Pompeii

Go to this year’s Pushcart anthology to hear what’s not being talked about in polite company, to read work that would likely be banned in Florida, to be transported.

Aug 23, 2023
The Poems Are the Plan

Eileen Myles, whose poems race headlong down the page, is nothing if not consistent, and prolific. Myles’s latest collection is “a Working Life.”

Aug 16, 2023
Reimagining the Commons

Public spaces needn’t be immutable, privatized, or useless. They can be claimed for the community good. Professor Setha Low takes a fresh look.

Aug 10, 2023
McCartney: Behind the Camera

Paul McCartney’s “1964: Eyes of the Storm” collects more than 200 photographs he took with a Pentax camera late in 1963 and early in 1964.

Aug 2, 2023