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In the Moment: A Pushcart for 2020

The new Pushcart Prize table of contents lets us know that authors are thinking about drug overdoses, racism, cultural appropriation, caring for elderly family members, and the complicated political divide.

Jan 1, 2020
It Was a Mag Mag World

“Mag Men” by Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser, the formidable graphic designers whose work with New York magazine left a huge imprint on American journalism, adds to the bleak realization that an era has ended, but what a wonderful retrospective of a 50-year legacy of art direction this is.

Dec 26, 2019
The Year’s 10 Best Books

From Mary Gaitskill’s novelistic reconsideration of the #MeToo movement to Elton John’s hilarious self-mockery, our man in letters picks ’em . . .

Dec 19, 2019
Book Markers: 12.19.19

The incredible journey of a refugee Iraqi cat is out in a $7.99 paperback edition, and a Star “Guestwords” and book review contributor makes good with a collection of his own.

Dec 19, 2019
A Tale of Pride and Shame

This heroic story, an uplifting portrait and an engaging account of a glamorous age, also shows what happens when a unique individual who finds acceptance overseas runs headlong into American racism.

Dec 12, 2019
The College Trap

The big story Paul Tough tells in “The Years That Matter Most” is about the failure of higher education in the 21st century to provide equal opportunity to all segments of American society. But it will lead you to reflect on your own academic experience, too.

Dec 4, 2019
A Thousand Points of Data

Michael Bloomberg, the larger-than-life former mayor of New York, ubiquitous and initiative-heavy, has no greater fan than Eleanor Randolph, journalist and now biographer.

Nov 27, 2019
Among the Bumbling Germans

What’s different about Alan Furst’s latest World War II tale of espionage is its hero — a rank amateur, a naive neophyte, and, like his creator, a writer of spy novels.

Nov 21, 2019
South Fork Poetry: ‘Wish’

From Guild Hall’s new poet-in-residence, who will read a selection of her work Friday night at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.

Nov 21, 2019
Vonnegut’s Advice to Writers

Generous, encouraging, and nothing if not thorough, “Pity the Reader” is a kind of fiction writer’s chapbook, using the great satirist’s comments as a jumping-off point to address the budding writer’s most basic concerns.

Nov 14, 2019
Torture and Fine Dining

Louis Begley wraps up his Jack Dana crime novel series in the most gruesome way imaginable.

Nov 7, 2019
Rakoff's Stories, Live and Onstage

“Selected Shorts,” the radio and stage show from Symphony Space, is coming to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday to honor one of the college’s own, the late comic essayist David Rakoff.

Nov 7, 2019