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Will Amazon Finally Kill New York?
This isn't so much an answer to its question--it's instead a commentary on Heike Geissler's interesting looking "Seasonal Associate"
business_commentary  work  book_commentary 
17 days ago by jbushnell
The Endurance of ‘A Christmas Carol’
It can be hard to read 'A Christmas Carol,' "even for the first time, without the uncanny feeling that it is both familiar and strange, ancient and modern."
book_commentary 
28 days ago by jbushnell
Saboteur in Chief | by Fintan O’Toole | The New York Review of Books
"In drawing attention to what public service is and how it is being abused, Michael Lewis has himself done the public a considerable service."
book_commentary  politics 
7 weeks ago by jbushnell
Against Cuteness: “Bambi” @90 | Public Books
"[Bambi author Felix] Salten’s variety of humanizing should not be mistaken for the sort that puts bears in coats and top hats or sends rabbits careening over frozen lakes like furry figure skaters. Rather, it begins with the observation that, like humans, animals have their own life histories, their own personalities. And while every creature lives within the boundaries circumscribed by its species, those boundaries may encompass enough 'human' territory to justify regarding that creature as a (nonhuman) person."
animals  book_commentary 
8 weeks ago by jbushnell
No One Wants It | Affidavit
"Over and over, Soloway worries if she has made a wrong turn, before plowing ahead regardless. Over and over, she anxiously seeks the counsel of others, only to blithely ignore it. She has regrets, but never remorse: the problem is not that she has made a poor decision, but that someone else has gotten offended."
bad_reviews  book_commentary 
10 weeks ago by jbushnell
White Supremacy Has Always Been Mainstream | Boston Review
A review of three books looking at "respectable" aspects of white supremacist politics over the last 100 years
race  america  book_commentary  politics 
september 2018 by jbushnell
New York Media to Triple Books Coverage Across Sites -- New York Media Press Room
"New York Media is greatly expanding and reimagining its books coverage, with Boris Kachka in the new role of books editor, overseeing the books “horizontal” across Vulture, the Cut, Daily Intelligencer, the Strategist, and Grub Street, as well as New York Magazine. "
publishing  book_commentary 
september 2018 by jbushnell
Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece
“[O]ne of the most compelling and significant books ever written about American journalism. Almost every page will tell you something you’ve never heard before about life on earth.”
books  book_commentary 
august 2018 by jbushnell
I’ll Take Manhattan: Judith Krantz, Donald Trump, and the Long, Long 1980s - Los Angeles Review of Books
A review of Judith Krantz's "I'll Take Manhattan" (1986), which features Donald Trump as a character
book_commentary  city  class  capitalism  nyc 
july 2018 by jbushnell
Ottessa Moshfegh’s Painful, Funny Novel of a Young Woman’s Chemical Hibernation | The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino: "I momentarily considered giving up on human relationships after reading the sentence “She probably wanted to pretend to want to cheer me up.”"
book_commentary  suffering 
july 2018 by jbushnell
An Excess of Consciousness | Rhizome
Brendan K. Byrne reviews Allison Parrish's collection of poetry, "Articulations"
book_commentary  generative_art  algorithmic_writing 
july 2018 by jbushnell
The Word Made Fresh: Mystical Encounter and the New Weird Divine - Journal #92 June 2018 - e-flux
An appreciation of Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation, intermixed with a reflection on the tradition of mystical self-annihilation
spirituality  science_fiction  book_commentary 
june 2018 by jbushnell
Memoirs of Disease and Disbelief | The New Yorker
A thoughtful review of Porochista Khakpour’s difficult book “Sick”
book_commentary  health 
june 2018 by jbushnell
The Redemption of Saint Anthony – The Public Domain Review
"Just as Flaubert’s work represents a mind rigorously compiling monstrosities of the library, Redon’s work reflects a mind gleefully intermixing images from religion and science"
monsters  book_commentary 
may 2018 by jbushnell
Motherhood!
Lauren Oyler on the new Sheila Heti
book_commentary  book_reviews 
may 2018 by jbushnell
Free to What?: Reading Zadie Smith at a Best Western in Texas - Los Angeles Review of Books
Aisha Sabatini Sloan: "It bugs me that Smith’s writing quietly encourages a sort of white liberal who prefers a dispassionate black writer to an angry one, who marvels a bit too much at the fact of Smith’s intelligence without caring so much what she’s talking about."
book_commentary  book_reviews  race 
april 2018 by jbushnell
On Headlessness — Jessica Sequeira – minor literature[s]
An appreciation of Adolfo Couve's "When I Think of My Missing Head"
book_commentary 
april 2018 by jbushnell
Will Zadie Smith Ever Feel Free?
"Across dozens of essays spanning about a decade’s activity (roughly congruent, she points out, with the Obama administration), we recognize a stable persona: a liberal, middle-class, middle-aged citizen of London and New York (with a two-year sojourn spent in Rome); a devoted mother, daughter, and wife interested in reflecting on those roles while protective of her own and her family’s privacy; a committed novelist and student of the history of the novel, somewhat apprehensive about her engagement with other art forms."
book_commentary 
february 2018 by jbushnell
The Kids Aren’t Alright | Dissent Magazine
Natasha Lennard reviews Malcolm Harris' "Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials"
book_commentary 
january 2018 by jbushnell

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