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Jennifer Szalai
Nonfiction book critic at The New York Times.
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 20
Another reason why your wife is great: She knows what's right.
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 20
I, however, am a total nihilist and am anti on both counts!
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 20
Don't worry, JZ, I'm in a Pro-Dylan/Anti-Dylan marriage (also a Laurel/Yanny divide), so I've had MANY discussions about Bob
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New York Times Books Sep 19
"Dear America" is a sometimes "candid and crushing" memoir about being undocumented in this country, says
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 18
Congrats!
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Leo Carey Sep 17
Incredible obit with stunning last line:
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 17
"I mean, it’s not as though they’re people, are they? At the moment of conception, yes, but then they come out Daughters, not people! They grow into objects; some become Wives or Mothers, others Hags or Crones. Then they die!" Amazing
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 16
Replying to @nancybaym
I did! Your mother was really one of the sharpest thinkers; and that essay gets the tone just right too.
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 15
Replying to @magsrdoherty
It could begin: “A genre is hardening: poormetoo.”
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 15
Replying to @meghanor
Yes, this. It’s mind-boggling that the old time cliche of aggrieved masculinity is *still* considered fascinating
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Alec MacGillis Sep 14
In one of the states that has refused to accept the ACA's Medicaid expansion:
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 15
Replying to @e_earns
Women’s problems are cast as “women’s problems.” Men’s problems are cast as profound existential quandaries, worthy of exploration (and publication)
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 15
Replying to @e_earns
Yes, also Baym’s observations of how the male critics are obsessed with this narrative of male self-discovery is analogous to how certain male gatekeepers seem to think the story of beset manhood is endlessly interesting
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Tina Jordan Sep 15
"Now here is what I think a heroine should do. She should preserve the romance of a man's life; she should cheer him up when gloomy doubts assail; she should be an angel, but a woman, too"
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 15
Replying to @e_earns
It’s great, right? It’s about literature, but it seems applicable to the new “genre” of Ghomeshi et al
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 14
Replying to @lisang
Oh, who am I kidding, I'm as stuck here as everyone else!
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 14
Replying to @lisang
If I can get 100 people to read Nina Baym, my work here will be done and I can delete my account
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Jennifer Szalai Sep 14
Time to reread Nina Baym's classic essay, "Melodramas of Beset Manhood"
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Parul Sehgal Sep 14
My god. This interview with Ian Buruma on the NYRB's decision to publish that Jian Ghomeshi essay
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32 across Sep 14
Over the summer and I dug into the half-forgotten history of women in film. This is some of what we found
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