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Book Buzz: Jonah Lehrer book pulled after fact-checking review

Jonah Lehrer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has pulled a second book by disgraced journalist Jonah Lehrer, How We Decide, after an internal fact-checking review. The publisher pulled his book Imagine after it came out that he had fabricated quotes, and he resigned from his position at The New Yorker.


Book World: Taking a trip through domestic hades in ‘The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days’

For a measure of how far things have come, consider “The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days,” a full-length comic fugue derived from Ian Frazier’s New Yorker columns, whose most notable passages would never have made it off Shawn’s desk — any more than they can be quoted in a family newspaper. The mommy in question travels from Happy Homemaker to Mad Housewife in the space of a sentence, and her attempts to undertake even the simplest domestic chores end in ruin and a stream of block-capital swearing that would make a rapper blush.


Time Magazine Suspends Fareed Zakaria for Plagiarizing

Fareed Zakaria

Time magazine and CNN suspended Fareed Zakaria, the writer and television host, on Friday after he apologized for plagiarizing sections of his column on gun control in the Aug. 20 issue of Time.


Author acknowledges fake Dylan quotes, resigns

Bob Dylan

A staff writer for The New Yorker has resigned and his best-selling book has been halted after he acknowledged inventing quotes by Bob Dylan. Jonah Lehrer released a statement Monday through his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saying that some Dylan quotes appearing in "Imagine: How Creativity Works" did "not exist." Others were "unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes."


Why 'The New Yorker' Is Now Embracing the Web

New Yorker

Parent company Conde Nast may still think the web is not that important, but The New Yorker does. The 87-year-old magazine decided to make a “big investment” in its website six to eight months ago, Nicholas Thompson, editor of, says. The web team was expanded to 12 full-time employees, including Thompson, who was named editor in March after working “on the magazine side” as a senior features editor for two years. Editor-in-chief David Remnick thought he would be a good fit for the website in part because he had a background in technology coverage, having spent five years as a senior editor at Wired, Thompson says.


Book Review Preview: How Old Can a ‘Young Writer’ Be?

Book Review Preview: How Old Can a ‘Young Writer’ Be?

The June 14 issue of The New Yorker, perhaps the premier showcase for American fiction, features a list of “20 Under 40” — that is, 20 accomplished writers under the age of 40. Many of the names are familiar: Joshua Ferris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nell Freudenberger, Rivka Galchen, Nicole Krauss, Gary Shteyngart, ZZ Packer, Wells Tower.


Book Review Preview: The Bridge - The Life and Rise of Barack Obama - By David Remnick

This study of Obama, by the editor of The New Yorker, has many additions and corrections to make to our reading of “Dreams From My Father.”


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