Authors span five continents.
The shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. Robert Macfarlane, the chair of the judging committee, called this year's group of finalists “unmistakably the most diverse in Man Booker Prize history.” The six novels, by authors spanning five different continents, are We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Harvest by Jim Crace, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. The winner of the British Commonwealth’s most prestigious literary prize will be announced on October 15th.
A new book suggests the perfect cocktail for a host of parenting situations, from dealing with explosive poo to endless recitations of 'Goodnight Moon.’
EXPLOSIVE POO Mommy used to get shit done. Now she gets shit on. How does such a tiny person consistently produce so much volume? It gets in every little crevice down there. It goes up your back. It goes down your legs. It goes sideways? First it started out as sticky black tar. Then the mustard stuff. Which, in hindsight, wasn’t so bad. Mommy didn’t realize how good she had it when you were exclusively fed breast milk. Now that you’re eating solids, this shit is getting real, fast.
The author of the phenomenally successful ‘Hitler’s Willing Executioner’ and the new book ‘The Devil That Never Dies,’ about the resurgence of anti-Semitism, picks the most important books about prejudice.
1. The Nature of Prejudice by Gordon W. Allport. The classic about prejudice that was the gold standard when published and remains so today. A comprehensive survey of the issues and brimming with insight. 2. Slavery and Social Death by Orlando Patterson. A magisterial treatment of the worst systems of domination and exploitation that are embedded in prejudicial views about human beings, it reveals the complex interaction of prejudicial beliefs, social institutions and practice, and larger social and political systems.
Gather round while Rush Limbaugh retells American history for young readers. Or not. Michelle Cottle on why you should take your kids and run as fast as you can in the other direction.
Rush Limbaugh is coming for your children. Not in the flesh, thank God. But on his radio show last Thursday, the right’s favorite gasbag announced that, after a two-decade hiatus, he is returning to the publishing world, this time with a history lesson for the grade-school set.The title of his forthcoming book is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. As befitting an author of such extraordinary narcissism, the book’s hero is “a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens,” and the book’s cover features the colonial-themed caricature of Limbaugh that also serves the logo of his patriot-themed brand of iced tea.
The National Book Awards Longlist—the first in the prize’s history—will be announced exclusively on The Daily Beast starting next Monday, September 16.
The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will partner exclusively with The Daily Beast to announce its 2013 Longlists. The categories consist of 10 books each from the genres of Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction selected by a panel of expert judges. On Monday, September 16 at 9 a.m., the Longlist for Young People's Literature will be revealed exclusively at thedailybeast.com, followed by the Longlist for Poetry on Tuesday, September 17 at 9 a.
New book is “inaccurate” and “unfair.”
Don’t get excited about Ben Urwand’s headline-friendly new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, film critic David Denby writes in The New Yorker. First of all, it’s not exactly a big reveal that Jewish studio bosses in the 1930s killed anti-Nazi films and removed Jewish characters from films—that’s been known for years. The book’s most sensational claim—that these bosses were “financing the German war machine”—is not really based in reality and is “inaccurate” and “unfair” to boot. Urwand seems to believe the studio bosses had the most evil of motives, taking into account the depth of the Holocaust—something that nobody at the time could ever have guessed. “The studios didn’t advance Nazism, they failed to oppose it,” Denby concludes.
Forget the so-called revelations about his war experience, his letters to young women, or his testicles, and go back to the Glass family stories. There, says Andrew Romano, is all we ever need to know and understand about Salinger. That’s as close as we’ll ever get—and we should be satisfied with that.
On the last day of May 1959 The New Yorker printed a story—or, more precisely, a novella-length cri de coeur—called “Seymour: An Introduction.” It was the first new work by J.D. Salinger to appear in the magazine, or anywhere else, in more than two years, and it wound up being the second-to-last thing Salinger published before his death in 2010, five decades later. By 1959, Salinger had long since retreated, both physically and psychically, to Cornish, New Hampshire, becoming in the process America’s most notorious literary recluse—a title he would retain for the rest of his life, despite Thomas Pynchon’s plucky efforts to dethrone him.
In her clever new novel, U.K. author Gill Hornby goes inside the mean-girls world of privileged moms.
Bestselling U.K. novelist Gill Hornby, author of The Hive and younger sister of Nick (High Fidelity) Hornby, is the hipster housewife's mischievous, experienced big sister. Her Twitter account (@GillHornby) overflows with domestic porn: a cat recovering from giving birth, a mountain of strawberries from her garden (soon to be preserved in mason jars)—and yes, the eggs in that homemade Pavlova ("berries from our hedge") were laid by one of Hornby’s 10 chickens.
The NYPD is fighting off harsh criticism of its intelligence division in the new book ‘Enemies Within.’ The division’s head talks to Michael Daly—and an officer tells his extraordinary story of living among jihadis.
The man did not imagine the turn his life was about to take when he reported in his NYPD application that he was fluent in Arabic. “I had no idea what’s in store for me,” he says. He had wanted to be a cop since he was a youngster. His great hope was to become a member of the elite Emergency Service Unit (ESU). “The whole lights and sirens, busting in doors,” he says. “All the stuff on TV.” But before he entered the academy, he was quietly approached by a member of the NYPD intelligence division who inquired if he would be interested in going undercover.
A three-year journey across the Eurasian Steppe, a Cheeveresque story collection, and a new novel from a master of the quiet moment.
On The Trail Of Genghis Khan By Tim Cope The truly epic tale of a professional explorer’s three-year journey across the Eurasian Steppe.There are plenty of fine books written by people who go off on adventures and return to set their story to paper, but Tim Cope’s adventure, recalled in On the Trail of Genghis Khan, puts almost all of them to shame. His was a 6,000-mile journey on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary that lasted over three years.
A new book makes big claims for how Hollywood collaborated with Nazi censorship before World War II, but Christopher Bray says hold on, isn’t that just good business? See what happens in China today.
In the preface to his essay collection Language and Silence George Steiner bemoans the knowledge “that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day’s work at Auschwitz in the morning.” Ben Urwand’s new book has similarly daunting news for movie buffs. Adolf Hitler loved the silver screen too. In the company of his household staff and whatever guests he was entertaining, he would watch a picture every night, either in the private cinema he had fitted in the Reich Chancellery or in the great hall of his holiday home, the Berghof near Berchtesgaden.
A new biography by A. Scott Berg makes the case for Woodrow Wilson as an unrecognized great American president. Michael Kazin isn’t convinced by this portrait of a man whose idealism outpaced his accomplishments.
Few Americans who care about their nation’s past think fondly of Woodrow Wilson; the ahistorical majority probably doesn’t think about him at all. Six presidents in the 20th century managed to win re-election; Wilson is the only one who lacks a distinguishing trait—such as FDR’s perpetual smile, Nixon’s angry paranoia, or Reagan’s hearty optimism—or a nickname—like Dick, or Ike, or Bill. And he achieved nothing, like the New Deal or a conservative “revolution,” that would earn him either mass hatred or reverence today.
'Most favored' clauses banned for 5 years.
Regulation is coming to the world of Internet commerce. On Friday, a judge issued an order for Apple to alter e-book contracts containing a clause that may limit price competition. The clause in question, called a "most favored nation" clause, gave Apple preferential treatment and allowed the company to control the prices offered to its competitors. Apple will now be prevented from employing such preferential treatment for the next five years. For the first two years, an outside auditor will monitor the tech giant's compliance with the order.
At Nuremberg, 24 of the highest-ranking Nazis were put on trial, but behind the scenes they were also being analyzed by leading American psychologists to figure out the root of their evil. Thomas Harding on what they discovered.
Why do men commit evil? Were the kommandants who ran the Nazi death camps psychopaths? Did they have subnormal intelligence? Were they just ordinary men who made appalling decisions?I have been thinking about these questions ever since I found out that my great-uncle, Hanns Alexander, a German Jew, was a Nazi Hunter. At the end of the Second World War he tracked down and caught one of the worst mass murderers of all time, Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz.
From the man who moved to a desert island to disappear to the case against humanitarian intervention, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The American Jewish Cocoon by Peter Beinart, New York Review of Books. As Jews have come to enjoy unprecedented power in Israel and the United States, they’ve had the luxury of turning Palestinians into distant abstractions. A Solution from Hell by The Editors, n+1. Has there ever been a successful humanitarian intervention? This bracing essay, written before the U.S. intervention in Libya 2011 and published online for the first time this week, argues that only wilful blindness and revisionism allows liberal internationalism to maintain its prestige.
In her new book about her brother John’s decision to become a woman named Ellen at the age of 60, Molly Haskell explores the age-old question of which gender has an easier time of it.
"Which is the greater ecstasy? The man’s or the woman’s? ... the pleasures of life were increased and its experiences multiplied. For the probity of breeches she exchanged the seductiveness of petticoats and enjoyed the love of both sexes equally." —Virginia Woolf, Orlando. As I comb the past for clues to my brother’s female leanings, this argument stands out, a bone of contention through the years. With the fervor of a tomboy, and later buttressed by feminist argument, I maintained that of course men had the advantage.
Usually if a book was controversial or never published, we think it worthy of rescuing from the literary dustbin. But a sexually charged Italian novel leaves Lauren Elkin wondering if some novels aren’t best left to history. Read her earlier essay on the opposite case.
The Art of Joy is the story of Modesta, born to an impoverished Sicilian family on January 1, 1900, and therefore well-placed to witness the century that is always exactly as old as she is. Within the first 150 (of 670) pages, spread from Modesta’s childhood to late adolescence, she has discovered masturbation and cunnilingus, been raped by her father, killed her mother and sister, lusted after a nun, killed said nun, married a prince with Downs Syndrome, and become a princess with her husband’s sister, Beatrice, as her consort.
What makes Etgar Keret think of his home of Tel Aviv as a short story? He talks about his childhood, why he’s Jewish rather than Israeli, and his love of the beach with Henry Krempels in this edition of “Literary City.”
If, at random, you picked an Etgar Keret short story to read, you would likely come across one of a few things: humor, sex, and, or an urban Israeli setting.The 46-year-old Keret’s work remains a guiding force for contemporary Israeli literature, and his more recent success in film has since introduced him to a whole new generation of admirers. He is also currently a part of Miranda July’s We Think Alone, a project that has allowed us to be privy to his, and others, personal correspondence.
Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will market forces and technological innovation yield greater prosperity? Yale historian Paul Sabin, author of the new book ‘The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future,’ draws on an iconic story to examine the clash between environmentalists and their conservative critics.
What is your big idea?Our current stalemate over climate policy has important roots in earlier battles over population growth and resource scarcity. Many dire predictions made a generation ago about disastrous food shortages and running out of oil have not come true, at least not yet. This poses a challenge for environmentalists, who are gravely concerned about global warming. Earlier failed prophecies help fuel conservative opposition to current concerns about climate change, even though the science is different and the threat is real.
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