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Nonfiction’s ‘meta’ moment

Reviewing an anthology of “writings about the writings”

Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction | Edited by Jill Talbot | University Of Iowa Press | 242 pages, $39.95... More

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What it takes to win the White House

A review of Samuel L. Popkin’s The Candidate

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—And Hold—The White House | By Samuel L. Popkin | Oxford University Press... More

The Authentic Mexican Cookoff

Gustavo Arellano, Rick Bayless, and the media’s quest for purity in ethnic cuisine

Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America | By Gustavo Arellano | Scribner | 320 pages, $25.00 Recently popularized as... More

Mike Wallace, Reluctant Newsman

A new biography of the late “60 Minutes” reporter reveals how he changed broadcasting while besting inner demons

Screenwriter and director Peter Rader’s first book, "Mike Wallace: A Life" was already slated for release on April 13 when... More

Farm to Table

Tracie McMillan reports on the American way of eating

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table | By Tracie McMillan |... More

Taking Tea with Ayn Rand

Gary Weiss explores Objectivism’s influence on contemporary politics

Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul | By Gary Weiss | St Martin’s Press | 304 pages,... More

How Vladimir Putin Came to Power

Masha Gessen takes a hard look at the Russian president

The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin | by Masha Gessen | Riverhead | 304 pages,... More

Revisiting Henry Luce’s “American Century”

Andrew Bacevich and others examine the influential essay

The Short American Century: A Postmortem | Edited by Andrew J. Bacevich | Harvard University Press | 296 pages, $25.95... More

Remembering the Golden Age of Book Publishing

A review of Richard Seaver’s The Tender Hour of Twilight

The Tender Hour of Twilight | By Richard Seaver | Farrar, Straus, and Giroux | 480 pages, $35.00 An engaging... More

The Literary Roots of the Gay Revolution

Reviewing Christopher Bram’s Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America | By Christopher Bram | Twelve Books | 371 pages, $27.99 In... More

Hell Yes to Hell No

New book flags ways US targets dissent

Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in 21st-Century America | By Michael Ratner & Margaret Ratner Kunstler | The New... More

Q&A: News for All the People Co-Author Juan González

The Daily News columnist talks about race and the media

Juan González is a staff columnist for New York’s Daily News, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for... More

A Cook’s Tour with Molly Ivins

A recipe-laden memoir of the columnist’s life and times

Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes | By Ellen Sweets | University of Texas Press |... More

Notes from Underground

The posthumous memoir of an alternative press pioneer

My Odyssey through the Underground Press | By Michael Kindman | Michigan State University Press | 256 pages, $39.95 We’ve... More

A Lifesaver Made of Paper

Rosie Garthwaite shows journos how to stay alive in dangerous places

How To Avoid Being Killed In A War Zone | By Rosie Garthwaite | Bloomsbury USA | 304 pages, $16.00... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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