In “Mercury,” the first of four all-too-brief essays that together comprise the final thin volume of his writings, entitled Gratitude, Oliver Sacks writes of his patients “in their ninetie
“She can write like no one else.”
In the second and final installment of a recent extended back-and-forth (shouldn't it be "forth and back"?) between President Obama and Marilynne Robinson in The New York Review of Books,
Is there a writer who has not aspired to contribute to The New Yorker? Merely even one piece? That would be a prize.
Common wisdom has it, I think, that, word for word, quip by quip, writer/producer/actress Tina Fey is our leading candidate for modern-age version of Dorothy Parker.
Cultures around the world celebrate the concept of living to achieve a good death. A writer can have a life that makes for as engrossing a story as any tale he or she could invent.
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The indisputable observation that can be made after reading Amy Odell’s supposedly truthful parody is that this is the fashion business in the age of the Internet as seen by a millennial.
Libraries, books, writing, and writers as subjects are fascinating, even collectively.
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If you are an appreciative reader of Adam Kirschs’ articles and reviews in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere you
“A reader who is a fan of mathematics (and of this series) may want to take two passes through The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013, the first for wonder and delight, the second sl
One test of the uniform quality of the work in Best Essays collections like this one is whether or not a writer who almost made the cut, listed in the back as “Notable,” would be likely to read wha
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“His book confronts the complacencies of observance . . . Mr. Rodwan champions choice.”
“. . . educates and entertains in equal measure, . . .”
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“Mr. Klosterman is as much a showman as anything else—and he never pretends otherwise.”
“One way to read this book . . . is as a study of the American tall tale.”
“Women Warriors, like the sisters in arms featured in these stories, delivers mightily.”
“Ms. Robinson is correct to point out that liberalism and religion are not incompatible and that there are enough historical examples and living persons bearing witness to the fact.
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