February 17, 2019

Books

Norman Podhoretz of Commentary Magazine started his career with a controversial negative review of Saul Bellow’s “Augie March.”

A new book looks at what we do, why we do it, and how we feel about it.

“What is the task of the translator – to be a servant to the source or to create a new work of illuminated meaning?”

“Appropriation goes both ways, and increasingly it’s being seen as a creative freedom for writers who have been excluded from the literary canon.”

“In place of the traditional gatekeeping system is a supportive, welcoming environment, particularly for marginalized voices.”

“What a literature that embraces female anger can achieve.”

“What do readers lose from having no Nobel announcement this year? It’s easier, perhaps, to consider what they might have gained: Not very much.”

“Full Disclosure,” the new memoir from porn-star and #resistance hero Stormy Daniels, is about more than sex.

A new book from Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, “Everybody Lies,” examines Americans as we are when we’re alone with our computers.

During ‘Banned Book Week,’ bookstores around the country celebrate titles and authors which have been censored in the past. But we don’t need it anymore.

What’s the purpose of Talmud study? Is it merely legal? Or is it spiritual and intellectual as well? Chaim Saiman answers these questions in his new book, “Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law.”

A new book details the legal battle Israel waged for possession of Kafka’s manuscripts. The State of Israel may have won their case, but who really has the right to claim Kafka's legacy?

Wattpad offers users an undifferentiated mass of user-generated content ranging from erotica to sci-fi fanfiction. Here’s how it’s transforming the publishing world.

"It strikes me that we’re now suffering collectively from a “tyranny of the virtual,” since we find ourselves unable to look away from the screens that mediate not just print but, increasingly, reality itself."

Tolstoy, in addition to literary masterpieces, left behind a legacy as a political and spiritual thinker. His teachings inspired a Kibbutz-like cooperative farming movement. These Tolstoyan communities still exist.

“Teachers and students love A People’s History of the United States. But it’s as limited—and closed-minded—as the textbooks it replaces.”

Every great fantasy book starts with a map. David Mitchell explores the unique role cartography plays in the creation of his fictional worlds.

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic 7-book memoir, My Struggle, is an international literary hit and widely hailed as a masterpiece. Its seventh and final volume takes on Hitler and turns this epic work into an epic fail.

“The cultural and political assumptions and insights once confined to the Voice-defined margins have long since been absorbed into the mainstream... In many ways, The Village Voice folded simply because its work here was done.”

“The feel-good mantras and fuzzy exhortations to optimism that are rapidly becoming ubiquitous shift the burden of reform away from society…”

Is “safetyism” destroying America? In “The Coddling of the American Mind,” Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt call out the culture of intellectual infantilization plaguing American Universities.

Bob Woodward, a journalist who rose to prominence reporting on the Watergate scandal, is releasing a new book about the Trump White House. Here's what his interviewees had to say about Trump.

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

"Have world leaders really got the will to bring peace to Yemen? We hear much about Yemen’s crisis, but far less about the hypocrisy of states fuelling the very conflict they condemn."

"No poll so far in our database has tested Trump against the relatively unknown Weld... Indeed, Weld seems like one of the weakest candidates that anti-Trump Republicans could put up in a national campaign. "

"An initiative by the mayor of Tiberias for the municipality to help provide public transportation on the Sabbath has caused the issue of the social status quo to the forefront of public discussion."

"Like “30 Rock,” “Kimmy Schmidt” obviously slanted leftward, but most always exhibited a similar eagerness to skewer politics more generally than just the GOP."

"Yes, we’re all overwhelmed with email. One recent survey suggested that the average American’s inbox has 199 unread messages. But volume isn’t an excuse for not replying."

"... platforms now have a stranglehold over publishers who, individually and even as a group, have little-to-no bargaining power when it comes to algorithmic changes, ad rates, and much else."

"[There's] a subgenre known as National Socialist black metal, which espouses neo-Nazi views and has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as aiming to recruit youth to white-supremacist causes."

"“The Ideas That Made America” by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen is an anomaly in the genre. Its brevity is a point of pride, yet it aspires to do a little of everything."

"My wish is to die in my own bed, cared for by people I love—clean, comfortable and relatively free from pain. I hope to have time to say my goodbyes and give my final blessings."

"A diet for fast weight loss is a pipe dream. Many of us want to lose weight without making permanent changes, because we view thinness instead of health as a success."

"Opportunity casts a long shadow over all subsequent Mars rovers, setting a gold standard of JPL engineering. Customized versions of its mobility software are used on the rovers Curiosity and upcoming Mars 2020."

"Biblical scholarship has deepened our understanding of the Torah and at the same time challenges us to consider the implications of our declaring the Torah to be emet. What is emet and what does it mean to say that the Torah is emet?"