Jim Zarroli

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Joan Didion's estate will auction off some of the iconic writer's possessions

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The late author Joan Didion was an exemplar of the New Journalism of the 1960s. Many of her fans are traveling to Hudson, N.Y., to see some of her possessions as they go up for auction.


Chautauqua Institution re-examines security after Salman Rushdie attack

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

When the author was attacked earlier this month, he was taking the stage at New York's Chautauqua Institution. The storied place in American cultural life is now rethinking how open it should be.


Exiled writers reflect on freedom of speech in America in light of Rushdie attack

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

For dissident writers fleeing persecution overseas, the United States has long been a safe haven, a place where freedom of expression is tolerated and, even, valued.


Goats return to Manhattan to help weed Riverside Park

Monday, July 04, 2022

Goats are taking over Manhattan. Or, at least a sliver that needs serious weeding. It's happened the past few summers and has become a beloved ritual for those unused to interacting with farm animals.


Why states are changing the laws that govern libraries serving communities

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

At a time of concern about book banning, states are passing laws to tighten control over public libraries. The laws address how libraries are managed and some laws may open librarians to legal action.


Russian invasion upends young, flourishing Ukrainian publishing industry

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

After the Crimea invasion, a backlash against Russian books filled with propaganda led to the growth of Ukraine's own book industry. But Russia's latest attacks and Covid have created major obstacles.


Sandy Hook took place as 'alternative facts' muscled out objective truth

Monday, March 07, 2022

A feature writer at The New York Times, author Elizabeth Williamson is a compassionate storyteller and a thorough reporter who never loses sight of the larger issues Newtown presents.


'BookTok' is a new force driving book sales and publishing deals

Sunday, December 26, 2021

"BookTok" — that's the world of book lovers on TikTok — is becoming a major force in the publishing industry, as buzz from the short videos drives sales and new publishing deals.


Atrocities Of 'Conquistadores' Take Shape In New History By Mexican-Born Author

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Historian Fernando Cervantes marshals an enormous array of primary and secondary sources to tell the story of the decades that followed Christopher Columbus' arrival to the New World.


Bernie Madoff, Whose Ponzi Scheme Bilked Thousands, Dies In Prison

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Bernie Madoff, who carried out one of the most notorious Ponzi schemes in history, has died while serving his prison sentence in North Carolina. He bilked thousands of investors out of their savings.


Extended Paycheck Protection Program May Not Be Enough To Help Small Businesses

Friday, January 01, 2021

Many small businesses are hanging by a thread right now. Congress has approved another round of loans to help keep their doors open, but it won't be enough to help the hardest hit.


Stocks 2020: A Stunning Crash, Then A Record-Setting Boom Created Centibillionaires

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The stock market meltdown made way to a stunning rebound that made the rich a lot richer. What happened?


Pandemic Relief Will Run Out If President Doesn't Sign Package Into Law

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Economic benefits for victims of the pandemic will expire soon if Congress and the president don't act to extend or replace them.


Congress Passes $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill. Is It Enough?

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The measure affects millions of Americans. Among other things, it extends additional unemployment benefits of $300 a week through early Spring. Many economists believe additional aid will be needed.


How A New Coronavirus Relief Bill Will Help Americans In The Pandemic

Monday, December 21, 2020

A new pandemic relief bill is expected to contain nearly $1 trillion in spending to keep the economy moving. But critics say it isn't big enough and doesn't address some of the most urgent priorities.


Local Governments Across America Say They're Desperate For Federal Help

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The National League of Cities says local governments have seen their revenue plunge 21% on average since the beginning of the pandemic. Cities and towns say they desperately need federal help.


In Pandemic, The Most Wonderful Time For Christmas Songs Turned Out To Be ... In July

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Stations have been playing Christmas music earlier than ever this year, as a way of luring in listeners during the pandemic. One Indiana station was doing it in July.


There's Rich, And Then There's Jeff Bezos Rich: Meet The World's Centibillionaires

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Amazon CEO and four other billionaires are part of the world's most exclusive club in the midst of the pandemic: those whose fortunes exceed $100 billion.


Soaring Stock Market Creates A Club Of Centibillionaires

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

This year, five people have achieved the status of centibillionaires, i.e., people worth more than $100 billion. Among them is Tesla founder Elon Musk.


Investors Can Now Bet On The Future Of Water Prices In California

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Water is a precious resources in California — a state plagued by wildfires and drought. Water there is now a commodity and can now be traded like oil and gas.