Book Review Editor, New York Times
Editor of The New York Times Book Review. On the production and consumption of culture. Some mutterings.
commercialobserver.com — The restaurateur Danny Meyer is considering opening a bistro in central Harlem, according to retail brokers leasing a nine-building portfolio around the intersection of West 135th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Faith Hope Consolo, Joseph Aquino and Arthur Maglio of Douglas Elliman were named exclusive leasing agents for the 25,000-square-foot portfolio covering 216, 218, 229,...
nytimes.com — GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba - The prison library here is housed in a prefabricated building behind chain-link fencing and razor wire inside Camp Delta, an older, largely disused wing of the complex. Inside, the place has the feel of a branch library, with several rooms of books divided by language and genre - but its patrons may not browse the stacks.
travel.nytimes.com — If it's any consolation, even people raising children in New York are daunted; at any given moment another family is certainly doing something more enriching and entertaining than yours. But from experience comes wisdom, and local parents have learned how to take advantage of New York in manageable portions.
nytimes.com — Galen of Pergamum, the great physician and medical researcher of antiquity, was one of many learned men of his time who believed that women had to have an orgasm during sexual intercourse for conception to occur. For 1,500 years this was the scientific consensus.
nytimes.com — Driving down from her Lebanese mountain village, 15-year-old Faten catches her first glimpse of the wide Mediterranean horizon. A daydream flickers past: "What if she opened the car door and ran towards the sea?" But she is her father's prisoner, on her way to a life of servitude with a wealthy family in Beirut during the civil war.
nytimes.com — HEATHER FELL IN THE WATER By Doug MacLeodIllustrated by Craig Smith 32 pp. Allen & Unwin. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6) Water - whether in raindrops or puddles, swimming pools or oceans, water tables or bathtubs - tends to bring out strong feelings in children.
nytimes.com — With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it. In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills.
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