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Talking With the Authors of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild’ 
  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:19 GMT 
    The authors of “Gone Girl” and “Wild,” both made into films this season, talk about confounding stereotypes and making their work relevant to men as well as women.

The New Republic at 100: A Century of Bickering 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:44:34 GMT 
    With the magazine celebrating its 100th anniversary, a former Yahoo News executive was hired for the top of the masthead, setting off speculation about a new direction.

Books of The Times: ‘Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life,’ a Biography by Hermione Lee 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:34:19 GMT 
    Hermione Lee’s biography “Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life” paints Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, as a complicated human being who battled through difficult times to begin her career as an author when she was in her late 50s.

Andrew M. Cuomo’s ‘All Things Possible’ 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:47:58 GMT 
    From New York to Washington and back, Andrew M. Cuomo reflects on his life’s defining moments.

Bookends: How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley? 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:02 GMT 
    Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the role of poetry has changed since Shelley called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

Books: 'Zoom,' by Bob Berman, Explains How Things Move 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:51:07 GMT 
    A book in which complex kinetic concepts are made simple, and simply spectacular,

Books of The Times: ‘Hope: Entertainer of the Century,’ a Bob Hope Biography 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:50:55 GMT 
    Richard Zoglin’s new biography, “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” follows Bob Hope through vaudeville days, Hollywood films, the Oscars, the U.S.O. tours and seeming irrelevance.

ArtsBeat: New Jonathan Franzen Novel, ‘Purity,’ Coming in September 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:55:29 GMT 
    Mr. Franzen’s publisher described “Purity” as a multigenerational American epic, centered on a young woman named Purity Tyler.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Napoleon: A Life’ 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:12:03 GMT 
    Andrew Roberts talks about his new biography of Napoleon, and Yochi Dreazen discusses “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War.”

ArtsBeat: Gillian Flynn’s Comic-Book Story 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:08:23 GMT 
    “Masks,” by Gillian Flynn, will be published by Dark Horse Comics in February.

Books of The Times: ‘Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones,’ a Biography 
  Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:20:36 GMT 
    Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones but largely airbrushed from that band’s history, is now the subject of a biography by Paul Trynka.

ArtsBeat: Dreamy Collections of Little Nemo and Moomin 
  Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:34:27 GMT 
    “The Complete Little Nemo” and “Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition” are vast and enchanting collections of vintage comic strips.

Bookshelf: A Bar for Whitman and Other Adventurers 
  Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:06:26 GMT 
    New books take a look at Walt Whitman and his fellow bohemians, writers on their love for New York, and Hurricane Sandy’s power.

ArtsBeat: New York Public Library Names New Chairman 
  Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:12:41 GMT 
    Evan R. Chesler, the chairman of the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, will take over as the library chairman from Neil L. Rudenstine.

Crime: Patricia Cornwell’s ‘Flesh and Blood,’ and More 
  Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:09:22 GMT 
    In Cornwell’s new thriller, Kay Scarpetta’s expertise is needed with a murder victim, a man once accused of being a terrorist.

‘The Deluge,’ by Adam Tooze 
  Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:08:57 GMT 
    Between the Great War and the Depression, the world was remade by American economic and military power.
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