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For Some Horror Writers, Nothing Is Scarier Than a Changing Planet

“Why does climate change cast a much smaller shadow on literature than it does on the world?” asked the novelist Amitav Ghosh, writing in The Guardian in 2016. “Is it perhaps too wild a stream to be navigated in the accustomed barques of narration?” Ghosh cited just a handful of prominent climate-change novels by authors […]

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Kate Braverman, Who Wrote of Women on the Margins, Dies at 70

Kate Braverman, a brash and theatrically dramatic writer whose novels, short stories and poetry were dense with lush and spellbinding imagery, died on Oct. 12 at her home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 70. Her daughter, Gabrielle Goldstein, said the cause was cardiac arrest. Outspoken and outrageous, Ms. Braverman brought a ferocious energy to […]

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In Today’s World, Is It Possible to Be an Idealist?

The Fixer To the Editor: While reviewing Samantha Power’s new book, “The Education of an Idealist” (Sept. 29), Thomas L. Friedman admits that he has “long wrestled with how much idealism one should allow oneself when advocating for or against the uses of American power abroad.” I can remember that prior to the invasion of […]

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12 New Books We Recommend This Week

My dentist yesterday asked me how everything is going, and since I had a sharp steel pick jammed into my mouth at the time I just shrugged and gave him a little gesture, hands up. “Same old, same old?” he asked, nodding. “You know what I always say about that. I don’t mind same old […]

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The celebrity book clubs to choose based on your zodiac sign

Dear book lovers, your next read may be written in the stars… and chosen by stars. Celebrity book clubs are everywhere. It’s not exactly a novel concept — Oprah Winfrey was an early trailblazer in the art of literary tastemaking — but over the past decade, famous folks like Reese Witherspoon, Emma Watson, and Today’s […]

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How Close Are Barack Obama and Joe Biden?

BARACK AND JOEThe Making of an Extraordinary PartnershipBy Steven Levingston Joe Biden’s first two presidential campaigns were dismal affairs. He was forced to drop out of the 1988 race, several months before the first primary vote was even cast, when it was revealed that he’d plagiarized large portions of his stump speech from the British […]

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Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89

Harold Bloom, the prodigious literary critic who championed and defended the Western canon in an outpouring of influential books that appeared not only on college syllabuses but also — unusual for an academic — on best-seller lists, died on Monday at a hospital in New Haven. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his […]

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For ‘Erin Brockovich’ Fans, a David vs. Goliath Tale With a Twist

EXPOSUREPoisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPontBy Robert Bilott with Tom Shroder Robert Bilott never set out to be anyone’s hero. He made his living defending chemical companies at an old-line corporate law firm based in Cincinnati when, just a few months shy of making partner, he received a call from […]