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Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

SAN FRANCISCO — In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a…

‘The Last Ocean’ Considers Dementia in All Its Uncertainty

The first, startling epigraph in Nicci Gerrard’s new book, “The Last Ocean,” comes from Emily Dickinson:…

Obama Shares His Summer Reading List

ImageBarack Obama released his summer reading list on Wednesday, encouraging people to start with the writings…

‘I Just Peeked Into Their World and Took Notes’: Yoko Ogawa Conjures Spirits in Hiding

ASHIYA, Japan — When Yoko Ogawa discovered “The Diary of Anne Frank” as a lonely teenager…

J.D. Salinger, E-Book Holdout, Joins the Digital Revolution

In the five decades since J. D. Salinger published his final short story, “Hapworth 16, 1924,”…

Netflix Signs the Duo Behind HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

Netflix won a battle for talent in the increasingly heated streaming wars on Wednesday. In a…

Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life

Several years ago I found myself lost one night near Big Sur, Calif. Fog encircled me,…

Margaret Fulton Brought the World to the Australian Table

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Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie in Running for Booker Prize

LONDON — Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Testaments,” the highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” was…

What Boris Johnson’s Forgotten Novel Says About the U.K.’s Likely Leader

LONDON — In 2004, years before he was poised to become Britain’s next prime minister, Boris…

The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign…

He’s Writing 365 Children’s Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job

EAGLEHAWK NECK, Tasmania — By the time Matt Zurbo plopped on the couch to write his…

Collecting Your Thoughts Is Good. Organizing Them Is Even Better.

The need to take notes goes back through centuries of human history. It’s no wonder, then,…

‘I Was Done With All the Silences’: How an Academic Got Personal in ‘Notes to Self’

Reviewing Emilie Pine’s “Notes to Self” in The Irish Times, Martina Evans wrote: “It’s the kind…

What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues

SPERRYVILLE, Va. — “The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy” is a medical handbook that recommends the…