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Jennifer Szalai
Nonfiction book critic at The New York Times.
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Jennifer Szalai Jun 12
"In subway stations, I have been known to silently mouth words to my daughters when a loud train goes by until the noise quiets and I add: ' … and that’s the secret to life.'” beautifully defends what I had long thought to be indefensible.
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Jennifer Szalai Jun 10
"Even more significant is her denial—the unacknowledged bedrock of 'Pornography'—that women, like anyone else, can be perverse." The great Elaine Blair on Andrea Dworkin:
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Jennifer Szalai Jun 8
Replying to @frynaomifry
He also does the equivalent of an "I'm rubber, you're glue" thing -- amazing
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Jennifer Szalai Jun 8
Michael Wolff responds to questions about his new book on Trump in a remarkably Trumpian way: “You just have to trust me,” and “This critique is bulls***!”
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Jennifer Szalai Jun 7
In addition to *might,* I should have said *some*!!!
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Jennifer Szalai Jun 7
Like Daniel, I'm also curious about her methodology ... Also, freelance writers might sometimes worry about pissing off the authors they review, but the staff critics I know don't (and can't) worry about that.
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New York Times Books Jun 4
"This is well-paced narrative history: intelligent, lucid, riveting — even while possessing the terrible knowledge of what happened next." reviews "Appeasement."
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Jennifer Szalai May 29
Replying to @jenszalai
and these books are about that too:
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Jennifer Szalai May 29
Mueller repeatedly pointing to his report reflects an assumption that the facts can simply speak for themselves and persuade people of the truth. But facts no longer do that. has written a great book that's all about this.
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Jennifer Szalai May 29
Replying to @frynaomifry
🙏🙏🙏
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Jennifer Szalai May 29
That's very kind, Bruce; thank you.
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Jennifer Szalai May 29
Replying to @Robin_Quon
It isn't up to me. The moderators might open them yet — who knows?
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Jennifer Szalai May 28
Replying to @zinoman
hahahaha!
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Jennifer Szalai May 28
Like clockwork! "If you love truth ..." <chef's kiss>
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Jennifer Szalai May 28
I reviewed the new Michael Wolff book
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Pamela Paul May 22
Trading Places, NYT critics edition. Our book critics enthuse about non-literary cultural matters. The other Times critics talk books.
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Jennifer Szalai May 23
Remember The Simpsons episode in which Maggie attends the Ayn Rand School for Tots?
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Jennifer Szalai May 22
The cruelty is the point
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Jennifer Szalai May 17
In "We Have Always Live in the Castle" (a new movie based on the Shirley Jackson novel), the women live happily ever after despite — rather than because of — the men
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Jennifer Szalai May 15
Robert Caro says that power always reveals, and what it revealed in Andrew Johnson after he became president was a combustible mix of pettiness, racism and seething resentment. My review of Brenda Wineapple's excellent new book on what happened next:
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