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We’re living in a golden age of cultural criticism. Sure, ye olde online content farms yield a lot of drek, but they’ve also borne more and better writing, from Matt Zoller Seitz on Mad Men to Doreen St. Felix’s deconstruction of how patois is heard and misheard. Not all of this stellar #kultural #kontent has been collected in books—yet—but there’s a lot, new and old, to keep you busy in the meantime. Notes from No...
Just as it is in the film industry, fall is the book world’s prestige season, and the next six months are crowded with luminous names, promising debuts, and actual Oscar winners. I limited myself to one hundred titles here because it’s an attractive round number and you have to draw the line somewhere, am I right? Celebrity memoirs from Bruce Springsteen, Trevor Noah, Lil Wayne, and Carrie Fisher are coming out, plus a Joan...
  The second question asked of Darryl Pinckney, the critic and novelist (most recently of Black Deutschland), at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s March 15 Eat, Drink, and Be Literary event is about Nazis and Donald Trump. As if on queue, a woman faints. Pinckney, on a raised platform with Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker, stands; murmured conversation wafts up from tables cluttered with carafes of wine, biscotti, dinner plates in the...
Many resolve to read more each New Year but this time you can really do it. The secret is to start with these ~holiday appropriate~ titles, old and new, funny and somber, dense and light. Find what suits your taste! Annals by Tacitus A history of the early Roman Empire told year-by-year. Tacitus hates women but writes about how terrible they are in the most salacious way possible. Come for the holiday-appropriate structure, stay for the...

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