Books

Fiction: How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Fiction: How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes
“Oh, uh, I’m 20.” “And you’re writing for Esquire?” “Well,” I admitted, “they haven’t actually accepted the piece yet.” Despite my dubious credentials, Vonnegut spent the next 15 minutes generously offering advice on how to be a writer — or, at least how he’d done it. After surviving the Dresden firebombing as a prisoner in Read More

Nonfiction: The 20 Years That Made New York City

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Nonfiction: The 20 Years That Made New York City
Though some were founded earlier, the great Metropolitan and Natural History museums, the New York Public Library and the Bronx Zoo became the splendid institutions they are today. The erection of the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field fueled a local rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers that would also include a team of Polo Grounds Read More

Jill Bialosky Says Plagiarism Claims ‘Should Not Distract’ From Her Poetry Memoir

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Jill Bialosky Says Plagiarism Claims ‘Should Not Distract’ From Her Poetry Memoir
The academy’s page says: “Born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson came from a long line of prominent lighthouse engineers. During his boyhood, he spent holidays with his maternal grandfather … Prone to illness, Stevenson spent many of his early winters in bed, entertained only by … love of reading, Read More

Whatever Happened to Just Being Type A?

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Whatever Happened to Just Being Type A?
Meanwhile, Ms. Rubin gestated her eighth book. “The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too),” out last month, is already a best seller. By mid-September, over one million people had taken Ms. Rubin’s online quiz, making her the queen of personality typing. Read More

Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine
This week, Viking published “Akata Warrior,” the second book in the Akata series, a dark, sprawling epic that some fans and readers have labeled the “Nigerian Harry Potter.” The story centers on Sunny Nwazue, a Nigerian-American girl who moves to southeastern Nigeria from New York, and learns that she belongs to the secret Leopard Society, Read More

Inside the List: Microsoft’s Chief Wants You to Know He’s a Different Kind of Leader

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Inside the List: Microsoft’s Chief Wants You to Know He’s a Different Kind of Leader
Photo Satya Nadella MICROSOFT WORDS: It’s been three years since Satya Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as chief executive of Microsoft — just long enough, it seems, to write a book, “Hit Refresh,” all about how Nadella is a different kind of leader running a different kind of company. “It’s not that we had lost our Read More

Paperback Row: Paperback Row

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Paperback Row: Paperback Row
Photo Six new paperbacks to check out this week. HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS, by David France. (Vintage, $18.95) How did a group of grassroots protesters beat back a disease ravaging hundreds of thousands of people in the 1980s and ’90s? France’s remarkable account captures the Read More

Open Book: Podcast Therapy

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Open Book: Podcast Therapy
Photo Credit Joon Mo Kang “I think the pastime of chatting or candidly talking to people about anything or nothing is fading away,” the stand-up comedian and actor Marc Maron writes in “Waiting for the Punch,” a book that transcribes memorable moments from the more than 800 episodes of his candid, chatty podcast, “WTF With Read More

Nonfiction: The Truth and Fiction of Adam and Eve

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Nonfiction: The Truth and Fiction of Adam and Eve
In any case, it is a tendentious reading of any ancient text that would apply modern standards of plausibility to myth. Flavius Josephus, in his “Antiquities of the Jews,” written in the first century A.D., says of the second of Genesis’s two creation narratives, “Moses, after the seventh day was over Read More

Nonfiction: Bunny Mellon Had Peerless Taste and a Penchant for Scandal

2 months ago 7ring Comments Off on Nonfiction: Bunny Mellon Had Peerless Taste and a Penchant for Scandal
Like Brooke Astor, the subject of one of Gordon’s previous biographies, Mellon is possibly remembered less for what she did than for what was done to her in her dotage. Astor, who was 105 when she died in 2007, had one son, Anthony Marshall, who was accused by one of his own sons of elder Read More