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Critical Eye

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

Defining “Fair Use” for the Digital Age

Aufderheide and Jaszi on how to put the balance back in copyright

Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put the Balance Back in Copyright | By Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi | University... More

A Stranger Everywhere

Ze’ev Rosenkranz traces Albert Einstein’s complicated relationship with Zionism

Einstein Before Israel | By Ze’ev Rosenkranz | Princeton University Press | 364 pages, $35.00 In the 1920s, the general... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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