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Jennifer Szalai
Nonfiction book critic at The New York Times.
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Theodore Ross Feb 14
I also think factchecking is the perhaps the best training for magazine writing. Copyeditors don't see drafts until they are nearly complete. Junior editors don't get to see them at all.
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Jennifer Szalai Feb 13
Replying to @dimmerwahr
That, and the next one about Hoover's fishing attire: amazing!
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Jennifer Szalai Feb 13
Replying to @jenszalai
This book takes its important subject seriously, but it's also wonderfully readable. For instance, I learned much about the differences between Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, including:
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Jennifer Szalai Feb 13
Critics of the U.S. have often accused it of "imperialism" in a general sense, but this is an eye-opening book that draws attention to actual territory — the history of American empire in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Marshall Islands and more
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Jennifer Szalai Feb 8
Replying to @Robert_Hx
Yes, an exquisite and extremely upsetting book. I'll never be able to unsee some of what those testimonies described.
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Jennifer Szalai Feb 6
Adam Higginbotham has written a truly superb book on the Chernobyl disaster
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 30
I was really moved by 's book about A Tribe Called Quest — a small volume that contains a lot
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 30
When I became a mom I found the cultural condescension toward moms to be both baffling and enraging!
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 30
Also, yes, I totally agree with what you mentioned about people's own individual mother issues
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 30
Becoming a mother can be a radicalizing experience - not for everyone, but I think that those invested in a patriarchy sense this in some way, and so try to keep moms sequestered to the domestic sphere. It's too destabilizing to contemplate them getting involved in public life!
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 30
Yes, and I have so many thoughts about this
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New York Times Books Jan 23
"Blending memoir and social history, she recounts her mother’s extraordinary story alongside the larger context of Motor City’s rise and fall." reviews "The World According to Fannie Davis."
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 22
Also props to you for presenting McConnell with the Christopher Browning essay!
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 22
Among the great details in this incisive profile by is the passing "Man Without Qualities" line. The characters in Musil's novel think they're celebrating an indomitable Austrian Empire; they don't know that WWI is about to bring it to an end.
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 21
Replying to @ysabelgerrard
Thank you!
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 18
Replying to @martintisne
Great to hear from you, Martin! I really look forward to reading this
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 16
Replying to @EricDavisMiddVT
You prompted me to check my Siri settings!
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 16
Replying to @max_read
See also this excellent piece by , on how the 2009/2019 meme could be put to creepy use
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 16
Replying to @Bryan_TGP @robneyer
Of course, and she says that. After all, if those companies didn't give us anything we valued, they wouldn't be as powerful as they are now. But even if they give us stuff for free, it's not "for nothing. We offer up our data for monetization, in exchange for convenience, etc.
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Jennifer Szalai Jan 16
Replying to @jenszalai
A stat about those endless "terms-of-service agreements" that I didn't have room to include: A “reasonable reading” of all the privacy policies a person encountered in a single year would consume 76 workdays. (Calculated by two Carnegie Mellon profs—and that was 10 years ago!)
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