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Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?

4 hours 57 min ago
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.






Louise Shivers, Conjurer of Rural South, Dies at 84

July 28, 2014 - 7:11pm
Ms. Shivers was startled by the critical success of her first novella, “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” (1983), published when she was in her 50s.






Books of The Times: ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein

July 28, 2014 - 2:39pm
In “The Invisible Bridge,” his latest history of the American conservative movement, Rick Perlstein chronicles 1973 through 1976.






Peter Mendelsund, Book Designer, Debuts as a Writer

July 28, 2014 - 2:15pm
Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of striking book covers, but his imagination seized up when it came time to design one for his own book.






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July 28, 2014 - 10:22am







Books: Book Review: ‘The Norm Chronicles’

July 28, 2014 - 9:30am
“The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger and Death” is a kinetic trip through the percentages of risk and the primacy of perceptions.






Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication

July 27, 2014 - 5:14pm
The abrupt resignation this month of the North Carolina poet laureate prompts a question: Who are these poets, and what do they do?






Books of The Times: In ‘The Nixon Defense,’ John W. Dean Returns to Watergate

July 27, 2014 - 2:20pm
“The Nixon Defense,” by John W. Dean, Richard M. Nixon’s counsel during the Watergate scandal, is a day-by-day account of the president’s cover-up.