What Can We Expect After the Pandemic?

THE CORONA CRASHHow the Pandemic Will Change CapitalismBy Grace Blakeley112 pp. Verso. Paper, $14.95. The chasm between just how well some have thrived economically during the pandemic and just how badly others have fared is among the more startling results of this annus horribilis. But where some see the disease as upending some industries (travel and restaurants) and boosting others […]

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The Essential Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler walked a singular path. A writer from her poverty-stricken childhood to her death in 2006 at the age of 58, she committed her life to turning speculative fiction into a home for Black expression. In her hands, the genre felt capacious and infinite. “I wrote myself in,” she told The New York Times in 2000. Her ink was […]

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DEBUTS

DEBUTS HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE by Cherie Jones (Tinder Press £16.99, 320 pp) HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE by Cherie Jones (Tinder Press £16.99, 320 pp) Tourists find paradise at Baxter’s Beach, Barbados. But a short way down the sand there’s a flip-side where the locals live in poverty and scrape a living from the […]

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The ‘Great Gatsby’ Glut

If you’ve been planning to read (or reread) “The Great Gatsby,” your biggest challenge now might be deciding on which edition. Every Jan. 1, books, songs, movies and other copyrighted works more than 95 years old enter the public domain. This year, that includes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, first published in 1925, as well as the Virginia Woolf novel “Mrs. […]

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The Joys of Approaching Life as an Amateur

BEGINNERSThe Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong LearningBy Tom Vanderbilt Early in his new book, “Beginners,” the journalist Tom Vanderbilt finds himself unexpectedly adopting the role of a stereotypical “chess dad.” His daughter, who casually picked up the game at the age of 4, had become a serious enough player to enter scholastic tournaments. Vanderbilt was soon spending long weekend […]

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What Fuels a Fanatical Sports Parent?

PEE WEESConfessions of a Hockey ParentBy Rich Cohen “If the coach wants to win more than his or her team does, that’s a problem and the team is doomed to fail,” says the longtime coach of my 15-year-old son’s hockey team. Rich Cohen might understand. In Cohen’s thoughtful, lively new memoir, “Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent,” the coach-player […]

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New & Noteworthy, From ‘Faust’ to Life in Lockdown

Recent titles of interest: HOMO IRREALIS: Essays, by André Aciman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.) In this collection, the author of “Call Me by Your Name” and other novels contemplates the life of the imagination, and the ability to hold competing realities simultaneously in mind. FAUST, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Translated by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath and Frederick Turner, with illustrations […]

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