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Laura Marsh

NY Review of Books

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

The Taste for Argument

In our February 10, 2022, issue Laura Marsh reviewed John le Carré’s last novel, Silverview. “Gone was the softly fading, somberly governed Britain of his → Read More

More than Magic: the Legacy of Robert Silvers

The editor of the 'New York Review of Books' championed the life of the mind. → Read More

The Myth of the Millennial as Cultural Rebel

We have two popular historians to blame for our profound misunderstanding of young people’s lifestyle choices. → Read More

Vladimir Nabokov, Scientific Genius

He made thousands of obsessive drawings of butterflies—but do they help us read his novels? → Read More

Hilarious TV show idea: Man takes girly job as social media editor.

Joel McHale gets demoted from his manly job as “adventure reporter,” taking one of the few positions in media in which women outnumber men. → Read More

Just call Daniel Craig Double-Oh-Franzen.

With its overwrought plot, and Zeitgeisty character-types—interns! leakers!—the novel is a good fit for a long-running series. → Read More

Just call Daniel Craig Double-Oh-Franzen.

With its overwrought plot, and Zeitgeisty character-types—interns! leakers!—the novel is a good fit for a long-running series. → Read More

Thomas Piketty explains why Bernie Sanders has the edge, even if he doesn’t win in 2016.

"Much of America is tired of rising inequality and intends to revive both a progressive agenda and the American tradition of egalitarianism." → Read More

Music that Mozart wrote with Salieri has been found in a Czech museum.

The plot of the 1984 movie Amadeus, which suggests that Salieri poisoned Mozart, now makes even less sense. → Read More

What does Justice Scalia’s death mean for the Supreme Court?

1895 was the last time a Democratic president nominated a justice facing a Republican Senate. → Read More

With no mansion and no nudes, Hugh Hefner’s son thinks “what’s happening at Playboy is sad.”

Cooper Hefner, who shares his father’s predilection for silk smoking jackets, thinks that changes at Playboy are bad for the brand. → Read More

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop!

On the 105th anniversary of Bishop’s birth, read the love letter Robert Lowell sent her. → Read More

Hae Min Lee’s family reminds us the Serial case is real life.

As Adnan Syed’s post-conviction hearing resumes today in Baltimore, the family of the victim in his case, his former girlfriend Hae Min Lee, released a statement last night explaining how painful the new legal proceedings have been for them. “The events of this past week have reopened wounds few can imagine,” they wrote.Lee’s family has rarely spoken about the case previously. They decli... → Read More

Buy an old couch on Craigslist, get a free $65,000 lost work of art by Andy Warhol.

The print shows a man’s naked torso, foregrounding an unusually large penis. → Read More

Emma Watson’s feminist book club should have chosen the S.C.U.M. Manifesto.

If the readers who join Emma Watson in her feminist book club truly want the world to change during their life times, it feels like they’ll need to start angry. → Read More

Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang doesn’t like looking at himself.

In an interview with Slate, Steven Avery’s former defense lawyer discussed his personal style, which has been the subject of much fascination among his fans, and has been ably documented on the StrangCore Tumblr. “I never enjoy looking at myself in a picture or in a video,” he told Slate.It’s sort of, “Who is that fat, old guy? That can’t be me! I thought I was better-looking than t... → Read More

Why are people asking Richard Dawkins, inventor of the word “meme,” how a dog should wear pants?

Viral content didn’t exist when Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. And although he generally approves of the way the word has been used on the internet, when he encounters actual memes, he tends not to like them very much. A lot of the trouble started last year, when a fan innocently asked him whether “any other species have oral sex?”—maybe dolphins,... → Read More

Kremlin employees’ end-of-year bonus is this lousy 400-page book of Putin’s best quotes.

It took the book’s young editors, Anton Volodin and Makar Vikhlyantsev, five months to comb through 150 of Putin’s speeches and interviews. They wanted to publish the book, titled Words That Change the World, the Times reports, “so that every senior official or important politician could have Mr. Putin’s most important pronouncements readily at hand.” When Putin’s deputy c... → Read More

For the ultra wealthy, the tax code is a choose-your-own-adventure that saves them hundreds of millions.

In the last four years, the top one thousandth percent have given themselves a sizable tax break. → Read More

Five books you should read, now that you’ve watched Making A Murderer and have no idea what to do.

1. The Innocent Killer: A True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and its Astonishing Aftermath by Michael Griesbach is a true crime book about Steven Avery’s case, which looks ultimately frustrating to read after watching Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi’s documentary series. Written by a Manitowoc county prosecutor, the book tells what was until recently the prevailing story about... → Read More