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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The fate of the book review in the age of the algorithm
There used to be the notion that Keats was killed by a bad review, that in despair and hopelessness he turned his back to the wall and gave up the…
What gets lost in the age of the algorithm
No social encounter delights me more than meeting a doctor at a cocktail party. In clinical settings, doctors tend to be guarded and aloof. Catch one with a whiskey in…
Fighting for literature in an age of algorithms
A core piece in the canon of criticism on criticism
The boys in the alley, the disappearing readers, and the novel's ghostly twin
The following lines were culled from Michiko Kakutani’s New York Times book reviews by Christian Lorentzen. In some cases, tenses have been changed. Limn an entire life in a couple…
How one obscure sentence upset the New York Times
The author's reply as a literary genre