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Ex-NYT executive editor Abramson’s book charts journalism’s stormy seas

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In the early spring of 2014, A G Sulzberger, then an editor on the metro desk of The New York Times, handed Jill Abramson, the executive editor, a copy of the “innovation report”. Sulzberger and a team of colleagues had been working on the document for months, and they’d ...

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‘Success of Life of Pi surprised me, but life hasn’t changed much creatively’: Yann Martel | books

‘Success of Life of Pi surprised me, but life hasn’t changed much creatively’: Yann Martel | books

Yann Martel, the celebrated author of ‘Life of Pi’ and winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize, was in Gurugram on Tuesday to speak to students at Shri Ram School, Aravali. Hindustan Times caught up with the author on the sidelines of the event. Here are the excerpts: ‘Life of ...

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Book Excerpt | The Scent Of God

Book Excerpt | The Scent Of God

Saikat Majumdar’s book The Scent of God is set in an all-boys’ boarding school run by a Hindu monastic order in late-twentieth century India. The book talks about Anirvan, a young student, who dreams of becoming a monk. But as he seeks his dream, he finds himself drawn to a ...

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The art of tech poaching

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power Shoshana Zuboff Public Affairs 691 pages; $38 A friend of mine says that whenever he walks into someone’s home he’s tempted to yell out, “Hey, Alexa,” or “OK, Google,” and order ...

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Founder of Dead Poets Society is published, posthumously | books

Founder of Dead Poets Society is published, posthumously | books

The late founder of the Dead Poets Society of America can be inducted to the society of fallen bards now that he’s now a published poet. Walter Skold visited the gravesites of more than 600 poets, and one of his criteria was that the subjects had to be published. Now ...

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Down memory lane | Book review

Down memory lane | Book review

Somebody once told me that everyone has one book in them—their life story. But the question is, how many people will read your book? The thing about writing your own story is that it is so difficult to make it interesting to others. R.M. Rajgopal, an HR professional who has ...

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Embracing the big five-oh | Book review

Embracing the big five-oh | Book review

When one is already freaking out about turning 30 soon, reading a book on how to ‘stay fabulous at fifty-plus’ may not seem like an enticing idea. Writer-journalist Sudha Menon’s Feisty at Fifty, however, calms you down and leaves you part chuckling and part introspecting about all the things that ...

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Searing prose | Book review

Searing prose | Book review

In a chapter titled “A Dead Rotting Rodent”, acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi writes, “What most people go a lifetime without enduring, I had endured in less than six hours.” We are six chapters into Being Reshma. She was just 17 on that fateful day in 2014 in Allahabad, when ...

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In her new book, Malala champions the refugee cause | malala yousafzai

In her new book, Malala champions the refugee cause | malala yousafzai

It is natural to feel a certain apprehension when confronted with yet another book on Malala Yousafzai. An icon for young women, her story is only too well known—she stood up against the Taliban, who later shot her in the head. But, the new book, We are Displaced, goes beyond ...

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Giving voice to Homer’s women

Giving voice to Homer's women

War is men’s business,” Hector says in the Iliad. Pat Barker begs to differ. The British novelist has made war her subject, winning the 1995 Booker Prize for Ghost Road, the final novel of her remarkable World War I trilogy, Regeneration. In her new novel, The Silence ...

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