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Profile: A Scrappy Makeover for a Tweedy Literary Fixture

The Times Literary Supplement was founded in 1902. Its editor, Stig Abell, was hired to usher it into a new era.

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Nonfiction: David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview.

In “Calypso,” Sedaris delivers a caustically funny take on the indignities and banalities of everyday life, Cumming writes.

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Profile: David Sedaris Leaves His Audiences Weeping. And Still Wanting More.

He loves the crowds, the crowds love him, and his appearances attract hundreds and even thousands of fans. On the eve of publication of his new book, “Calypso,” the love fest continues.

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What Philip Roth Taught Me About Being an American Jew

His books answered the question of how my Jewish education would translate into the real world, should I survive the ordeal of childhood.

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Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Mr. Roth won almost all the major literary awards and published an exceptional sequence of historical novels in his 60s, an age when many writers are winding down.

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Books of The Times: In ‘The Mirage Factory,’ a Thriving Los Angeles Born From Humble Beginnings

Gary Krist tells the story of the city through the lives of three people whose restlessness and ambition transformed it in the early decades of the 20th century.

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An Appraisal: Philip Roth, a Born Spellbinder and Peerless Chronicler of Sex and Death

Roth’s work had more rage, more wit, more lust, more talk, and more crosscurrents of thought and emotion than any writer of his time.

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Books of The Times: A Darkly Comic Novel Stares Down a Life of Solitude

In “Mirror, Shoulder, Signal,” the Danish novelist Dorthe Nors continues her intense fascination with aging, and with women who have resisted domestication.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Making Good Time With the Pony Express

Jim DeFelice talks about “West Like Lightning,” his new history of the short-lived but long-remembered company and how it changed the United States.

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17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer

In addition to the season’s usual fun, there are serious looks at pressing subjects among this summer’s must-reads, including the latest by Beth Macy, Michael Pollan and Jaron Lanier.

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Books of The Times: With ‘Kudos,’ Rachel Cusk Completes an Exceptional Trilogy

Our critic calls this series of novels, which began with “Outline” and “Transit,” a “stark, modern, adamantine new skyscraper on the literary horizon.”

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Nonfiction: How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.

In “Bad Blood,” John Carreyrou tells of the rise and incredible fall of Theranos, the biotech company that was going to revolutionize blood testing.

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Fiction: One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story

The great Irish writer William Trevor captured turning points in individual lives with powerful slyness. “Last Stories” is his final gift to us.

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Books News: Coming Soon to the Bronx, a Long Overdue Book Festival

The literary event and a new general interest bookstore mark a revival in the borough.

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17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer

In addition to the season’s usual fun, there are serious looks at pressing subjects among this summer’s must-reads, including the latest by Beth Macy, Michael Pollan, and Jaron Lanier.

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4 Writers to Watch This Summer

R.O. Kwon, Judy Blundell, Masih Alinejad and James A. McLaughlin talk about their new books.

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Books of The Times: In ‘The Restless Wave,’ John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional

In his latest and likely last book, McCain expresses concern about the state of the union, but generally stops short of calling out President Trump.

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An Appraisal: Tom Wolfe Kept a Close, Comical and Astonished Eye on America

Wolfe, who died at 88 on Monday, was a field commander of the so-called New Journalism and wrote novels meant to capture wide swaths of society.

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By the Book: Samantha Irby: By the Book

The comedian and blogger Samantha Irby, whose collection “Meaty” has just been reissued, would love to see celebrities’ grocery lists: “I’m so curious about other people’s daily needs. What’s in your bathroom cabinet right now?”

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Profile: The Yoko Ono of Comics, on Her Own Terms

In “Love That Bunch,” a retrospective of Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s work, we see a more content woman emerge. Though she is still brutally honest.

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Audiobooks: Benedict Cumberbatch Meets Albert Einstein in Carlo Rovelli’s New Audiobook

In “The Order of Time,” a theoretical physicist reveals his take on relativity, order and the human condition.

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Fiction: One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story

The great Irish writer William Trevor captured turning points in individual lives with powerful slyness. “Last Stories” is his final gift to us.

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The Book Review Podcast: Amy Chozick on ‘Chasing Hillary’

Chozick discusses her time covering Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, and Sloane Crosley talks about her new collection of essays, “Look Alive Out There.”

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Front Burner: A Guidebook to Becoming a Spanish Chef at Home

A new cookbook from the restaurant group Boqueria will have you whipping up classic gazpacho and branzino.

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Nonfiction: Under Modernity’s Hood: Precision Engineering

In “The Perfectionists,” Simon Winchester turns to the history of mechanical engineering, seeing in its triumphs the key to understanding so much of our world.

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Tom Wolfe, Author of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities,’ Dies

He wrote “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff,” and pioneered a novelistic form of journalism in the 1960s and ’70s.

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Tom Wolfe’s Other Legacy

The writer’s prose wasn’t his only notable stylistic gesture.

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An Appraisal: Tom Wolfe Kept a Close, Comical and Astonished Eye on America

Wolfe, who died at 88 on Monday, was a field commander of the so-called New Journalism and wrote novels meant to capture wide swaths of society.

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Books of The Times: Essays That Make Sense of the Infinite and the Infinitesimal

“When Einstein Walked with Gödel” is a collection of Jim Holt’s elegant essays, which make big subjects — like the illusion of time — both intelligible and enticing.

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Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank’s Diary

The pages contained prurient jokes and a discussion of what the teenage diarist described as “sexual matters.”

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