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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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Marlon James’s New Novel, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ 
  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:46:07 GMT 
    In his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” Marlon James tries to make sense of the Jamaica of his childhood, including the 1976 shooting of Bob Marley.








Books of The Times: ‘The News Sorority’ Links Sawyer, Couric and Amanpour 
  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:38:47 GMT 
    In “The News Sorority,” Shelia Weller tells the stories of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour.


Children’s Books: 'The Storm Whale,' by Benji Davies 
  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:05:50 GMT 
    A new picture book tells a magically simple tale of a lonely boy, a stranded whale and a dad who rises to the occasion.








ArtsBeat: Capitalized Clues to a Glitch 
  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:32:41 GMT 
    Some copies of the advance reading edition of Anthony Horowitz’s “Moriarity” — about Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis — had a little something extra.








The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson 
  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:59:00 GMT 
    In her fourth novel, “Lila,” the author returns to the mythical town of Gilead — and her exploration of the sacredness in things.


Crime: John Harvey's 'Darkness, Darkness' and More 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:31:25 GMT 
    “Darkness, Darkness,” John Harvey’s final novel in his series featuring Inspector Charlie Resnick, strikes an elegiac tone.








Books of The Times: ‘On Immunity: An Inoculation,’ Essays by Eula Biss 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:14:28 GMT 
    Eula Biss examines beliefs about filth and purity, from environmental toxins to vaccinations, in “On Immunity: An Inoculation.”








Bookends: ‘The Giving Tree’: Tender Story of Unconditional Love or Disturbing Tale of Selfishness? 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:00:03 GMT 
    Anna Holmes and Rivka Galchen reconsider Shel Silverstein’s classic, published 50 years ago.








ArtsBeat: Kirkus Announces Finalists for Book Prizes 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:24 GMT 
    Siri Hustvedt, Dinaw Mengestu, Roz Chast and Thomas Piketty are among the finalists for the first annual awards.








Books of The Times: ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones,’ a Memoir by Charles M. Blow 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:56:26 GMT 
    “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” a memoir by Charles M. Blow, reveals his struggles with the standards of race and masculinity while growing up in small-town rural Louisiana.








Literary Lions Unite in Protest Over Amazon’s E-Book Tactics 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:00:25 GMT 
    Many more writers have signed on to Authors United, a group not only challenging Amazon on its Hachette dealings, but also asking federal authorities to investigate it on antitrust matters.








Turning a Book Tour Into a Literary Circus (and a Hot Ticket) 
  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:02:40 GMT 
    Now in author mode, the young TV star and filmmaker Lena Dunham is promoting her book of essays on a tour that includes literary authors and performances by “remarkable, special weirdos.”








Television Review: ‘The 50 Year Argument,’ an HBO Documentary 
  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:31:17 GMT 
    “The 50 Year Argument,” directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, looks at the history of The New York Review of Books.








Books of The Times: In ‘Lila,’ Marilynne Robinson Gives a Prequel to ‘Gilead’ 
  Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:21:23 GMT 
    In “Lila,” Marilynne Robinson tells the back story of the heroine in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Gilead.”








The Anonymous Literary Salon in a Brooklyn Bar 
  Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:36:53 GMT 
    A bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hosts short-story workshops where the authors are anonymous.
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