Hearing Things With Ruth Ozeki

Her latest novel teems with voices — most of them belonging to what she might call “nonhuman persons.”
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You’ve Heard This One Before

Maggie Nelson believes we react too quickly and think ungenerously. In her new book, she’s guilty of both.
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Sally Rooney in the Struggle

Beautiful World, Where Are You is both her clearest attempt to wrestle with big ideas and her least readable novel.
  1. awards
    Katie Kitamura, Lauren Groff on National Book Award for Fiction LonglistPlus three debut novels.
  2. book review
    The Magician Resists the Shallow Gestures of the Hollywood BiopicColm Tóibín’s new novel about Thomas Mann reaches for depths in its subject that mainstream film wouldn’t bother with.
  3. profile
    Hearing Things With Ruth OzekiHer latest novel teems with voices — most of them belonging to what she might call “nonhuman persons.”
  4. books
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  6. best of 2021
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  7. one grand books
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  8. book review
    You’ve Heard This One BeforeMaggie Nelson believes we react too quickly and think ungenerously. In her new book, she’s guilty of both.
  9. best of 2021
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  10. book review
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  11. well read
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  12. fall preview 2021
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  13. fall preview 2021
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  14. fall preview 2021
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  15. book excerpt
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  16. vulture lists
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  17. fact vs fiction
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  20. bad monkey
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  21. chat room
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  22. The Best Comedy Books of 2021 (So Far)Featuring a history of the Twin Cities comedy scene and Quinta Brunson’s debut.
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  24. tv development
    Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor in Development at HBO MaxThe Underground Railroad effect.
  25. scary stories
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  26. book review
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  27. memoirs
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  28. profile
    Anthony Veasna So Knew He Was a StarWhen the author died at 28, he was on the cusp of literary fame. Everyone remembers him differently.
  29. book review
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  30. booker prize
    Booker Prize Announces 2021 LonglistSee the full longlist here.
  31. underrated
    Revisiting Adam Resnick’s Brilliant 2014 Memoir With Tom Scharpling“It’s just the funniest book I’ve ever read.”
  32. trailer mix
    Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen Are Turning Their Libcast Into LiblitThe news arrived alongside a trailer showing Obama test-driving one of Springsteen’s convertibles.
  33. vulture lists
    7 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthDanny Trejo, Maggie Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and more.
  34. keeping up with the ex-royals
    God Save the Queen After She Finds Out About Prince Harry’s Tell-All Memoir“I’m writing this not as the prince but as the man I have become.”
  35. movie review
    Maybe Netflix’s Fear Street Should Have Just Been a TV ShowThe delightfully nasty Fear Street exists in this strange space between movies and television, serving neither format well.
  36. casting couch
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  37. book excerpt
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  38. encounter
    The Untidy Tales of Katie KitamuraHer hypnotic new novel asks: What happens when your main character is a passive witness to her own life?
  39. respect the classics
    Robby Krieger Wants You to Read His Doors Memoir Two Times, BabyOpen it.
  40. adaptations
    Kumail Nanjiani to Relive Chaos of Past Few Years in Homeland Elegies AdaptationAyad Akhtar is adapting his 2020 novel as an FX limited series.
  41. read like the wind
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  42. best of 2021
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  43. the great british chatting show
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  44. vulture lists
    8 Funny Books, Recommended by 8 Funny ComediansFeaturing picks by Ziwe Fumudoh, Meg Stalter, Karen Chee, and more.
  45. one grand books
    François Ozon’s 10 Favorite BooksForbidden Colors, Wuthering Heights, Time Regained, and more.
  46. book excerpt
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  47. last night on late night
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  48. book excerpt
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  49. chat room
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  50. suck it
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