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—Albert Einstein (1875-1955) German-born American theoretical physicist, theories of relativity, philosopher

 

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The Shortlist: ‘We Could Not Fail,’ and More 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:02 GMT 
    New books include “We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.”


Author’s Note: Romanticizing the Reader 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:42:01 GMT 
    Diane Ackerman says that readers and writers provide a kind of outside family for one another.


‘I Refuse,’ by Per Petterson 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:22:00 GMT 
    Per Petterson’s new novel is about lost parents and the unexpectedly divergent paths of childhood friends who meet again as adults.


‘Lurid & Cute,’ by Adam Thirlwell 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:15:00 GMT 
    A loafer lapses into a hedonistic, drug-hazed life.


Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Winner for Poetry, on His Sudden Fame 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:50:05 GMT 
    Mr. Pardlo, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, discusses his life, his work and his neighborhood.








Books of The Times: Review: ‘After the Tall Timber,’ Renata Adler’s Collected Nonfiction 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:40:26 GMT 
    This new collection of Ms. Adler’s essays and reportage draws from her writings in The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications.








ArtsBeat: Reese Witherspoon Will Be the Voice of Harper Lee’s Second Novel 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:15:06 GMT 
    The actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on to narrate the audiobook for Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”








Letters: Traumatic Terrain 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:47:28 GMT 
    Readers respond to recent reviews of Ann Packer’s “The Children’s Crusade,” Paul A. Offit’s “Bad Faith” and more.


Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’ 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:53:37 GMT 
    Jeffrey Eugenides reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book 4,” which centers on the author’s yearlong stint as a sexually frustrated young teacher in northern Norway.


Olen Steinhauer: By the Book 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:02 GMT 
    The author, most recently, of “All the Old Knives” says the best espionage stories “not only ask questions about how spying is performed, but they also question the value of the job itself.”


M.H. Abrams, Who Shaped Romantic Criticism, Dies at 102 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:04:59 GMT 
    Professor Abrams edited the first seven editions of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature” and was a leading figure in the study of Romanticism.






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