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John Lahr: By the Book 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:00:01 GMT 
    The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”

Currents: Books: A Celebration of Silver, Seen in Ravishing Detail 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:19:33 GMT 
    “Georg Jensen: Reflections” is one connoisseur’s take on the Danish luxury company.

ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:40 GMT 
    Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.

New ‘Genius Grant’ Winner Alison Bechdel to Write New Graphic Memoir 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:40:35 GMT 
    “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” by Ms. Bechdel, a new MacArthur fellow, has been sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which plans to publish it in 2017.

Books of The Times: Elena Ferrante’s ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’ 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:34:45 GMT 
    Lila and Elena, friends since their childhood in postwar Naples, both attract and repel each another in Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.”

Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes Among ‘Genius Grant’ Winners 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:25:55 GMT 
    Stipends will be awarded to a psychologist studying racial perceptions in crimes, the maker of the film “The Act of Killing” and a law professor seeking to help American Indian women, among others.

Children’s Books: ‘365 Days of Wonder,’ by R. J. Palacio 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:17 GMT 
    A follow-up to the middle-grades novel “Wonder” offers a snippet of story and a pithy saying for each day of the year.

ArtsBeat: National Book Awards Nominees, Nonfiction 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:06 GMT 
    The nonfiction nominees for the 2014 National Book Award include Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams.

Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:19 GMT 
    Plumbing the depths of American literature’s darkest comedian.

Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’ Makes European Publishers Squirm 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:42 GMT 
    The novel, set in a concentration camp, has touched off concerns about sensitivity in Europe, where Mr. Amis’s French and German publishers have rejected it.

Books of The Times: ‘How to Build a Girl,’ by Caitlin Moran 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:12:38 GMT 
    “How to Build a Girl,” Caitlin Moran’s first novel, tells a comic coming-of-age tale in the 1990s about a teenager from the British hinterlands who reinvents herself as a rock critic.

Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It? 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:01 GMT 
    James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.

In Latest Volley Against Amazon, Hachette’s Writers Target Its Board 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:56:25 GMT 
    Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and allies, is appealing to Amazon’s board to consider their reputation in the battle over e-book pricing.

Books: Art Entangled in Nature 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:20:41 GMT 
    The portraits of nature gathered here cover centuries, fixing on that space where the naturalist’s eye and the artist’s intersect.

Joshua Ferris’s ‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:06:03 GMT 
    Joshua Ferris’s “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is about an atheistic but Philo-Semitic dentist who has no luck with women.

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