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Nonfiction book critic at The New York Times

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Jennifer Szalai
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2 days ago
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Jennifer Szalai
2 days ago
MoMA’s collection includes a Penguin Donkey, c. 1939, from a partnership between the British modern furniture company Isokon and Penguin Books (the zoonotic design was supposed to be a perfect fit for their paperbacks).
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Jennifer Szalai
5 days ago
“You are boring. If you want to stay boring all your life, you will never be a clown.” @zinoman , quoting the éminence grise of clowning with perfect comic timing.
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Jennifer Szalai
8 days ago
This was my main issue with Leonard’s (otherwise v good) book, which argues that zero-interest rates have buoyed asset prices, mainly benefiting the rich. But the proposal to hike rates in 2010 could have tipped the economy into another kind of disaster, with lots of suffering.
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David Stein
8 days ago
Imagine looking back at the last last 12 years and thinking the Fed should have hiked rates in 2010. 😵‍💫🤪🤠
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Jennifer Szalai
8 days ago
That's why fascists adore violence; they want to do what they want, and they're totally uninterested in debating the finer points of governance or democracy. Paxton, again: "The legitimation of violence against a demonized internal enemy brings us close to the heart of fascism."
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Jennifer Szalai
8 days ago
Whenever there's another round of the fascism debate I think about how Paxton waited until the very end of "The Anatomy of Fascism" (2004) to offer a definition. What characterized fascism, he said, wasn't any principle or policy but its thirst for power — its sheer opportunism.
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Jennifer Szalai
8 days ago
A new book about the Fed argues that its policies over the last decade have deformed our economy and politics. Even though it’s too kind to the simplifying tales of the inflation hawks, it’s entertaining and smart — definitely worth reading.
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Jennifer Szalai
14 days ago
Congratulations to Gal while I cry a little inside
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Gal Beckerman
14 days ago
Being at @nytimesbooks has been a dream. I revere the institution and love my colleagues. But I also couldn't be more excited for this new adventure, to be leading the books coverage at a place as hopping as @TheAtlantic . Here's to books and all to come!
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Jennifer Szalai
19 days ago
An excellent list:
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The Robert B. Silvers Foundation
19 days ago
We proudly announce the winners of the 1st Silvers-Dudley Prizes for criticism & journalism: Elaine Blair, Merve Emre @mervatim , Becca Rothfeld, Vinson Cunningham @vcunningham , Jason Farago @jsf , Ingrid Rowland, Alma Guillermoprieto, Nesrine Malik @NesrineMalik , & Thomas Meaney
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Jennifer Szalai
20 days ago
I studied game theory & quantitative approaches to understanding conflict; now I write book reviews. Yet when I mention the rhetorical effect of numbers in a book, I inevitably get a reply guy who doesn't know how book reviews work telling me that I don't know how numbers work.
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Jennifer Szalai
21 days ago
Wrote about the debate over the possibility of American political collapse, including a new book that ticks off the risk factors — factionalism, democratic decay and lots of guns.
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Jennifer Szalai
27 days ago
“Everything I experienced—relationships, reality, my understanding of my own identity and desires—were filtered through him before I could access them.” A very personal essay by Honor Jones, terrific writer and terrific human
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