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Blogger helps raise $1 million so NYC kids can visit Harvard

Friday, January 30, 2015

A fundraising campaign inspired by the popular photo blog Humans of New York has raised more than $1 million to send middle school students from a high-poverty Brooklyn school on field trips to Harvard. Blogger Brandon Stanton featured 13-year-old Vidal Chastanet on Jan. 20. Vidal told Stanton about Nadia Lopez. She’s his principal at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He said Lopez inspires students by …

Where sports and race collide

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The score that night was Vanderbilt 90, Mississippi 72. Although the racist insults and threats of violence didn’t appear in the next day’s sports section, Perry Wallace, now an American University law professor, can’t forget that 1968 basketball game in Oxford, Miss. It wasn’t the first time he had withstood this kind of …

‘Literary thriller’ focuses on abducted girl

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The most common thriller plot may be that of the girl or young woman who vanishes and is feared to be either a captive or dead. That fear set in motion Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know and countless other works. …

Throwing Yahoo a life preserver

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Of all the tech companies in the world, it’s hard to imagine one less appealing for exhaustive treatment in a book than Yahoo, a firm that has meandered from one bad strategy to another for more than a …

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The 10 women who make up Rachel Cooke’s subjects in this lively group biography have little in common on the surface: Some were married, a few were lesbians, some had children, several didn’t (and one did but pretended …

Talking with the maestro

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Beethoven began losing his hearing at age 26, and by the time he died 30 years later, he had long been completely deaf. He potently spoke (and shouted) to the end, but his friends, relatives and colleagues wrote …

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: ‘Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves’ a classic

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Carolyn Chute’s new and timely novel is about more than a Maine commune’s conflicts with the outside world. Any such summary is so limited, and retro – shades of Island Pond, Vt., 1984! Or, having read Natalie Goldberg’s …

How to thwart houseplant pests

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Now that winter is here, scale insects have started showing up on my potted citrus tree and some orchids. How many other plant pests lurk, ready for a population explosion when conditions become ripe, typically in late winter? …

‘Gone’ is a guessing game of a thriller

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gone But Not Forgotten, a novel by Philip Margolin, is a slick, convoluted thriller that keeps you guessing every step of the way. In Hunter’s Place, N.Y., women are being abducted and a note “Gone, but not forgotten” …

Sometimes the unsuccessful is fascinating

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Are you unhappy with your pickle fork? Do you wish there were a more useful stand upon which to rest your accordion? Would you prefer an artificial leech to the real thing? Does your hat often get stepped …

The only kind of art worth censoring

Sunday, December 28, 2014

No red-blooded American of today would favor censoring works of art. But while reading Dick Lehr’s fascinating new book, The Birth of a Nation, you may find yourself rooting for just that, in the form of a clampdown …

Surrealism at the library

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In his second book this year, Haruki Murakami, author of the recent Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, strands a nerdish boy in the basement of a strange library with an old man, a shape-shifting girl …

the ‘Mademoiselle’

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Countless books and films have told all or some fraction of how Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel came to dominate and transform the fashion industry. Followers of fashion have been regaled with tales of her love affairs and how pillow …