Longlisted for the National Book Award • “5 Under 35” Honoree 
"A writer of seismic talent."—Adam Johnson

9/25-9/28Carmel, CAPebble Beach Authors & Ideas Festival

10/7Boston, MANewtonville Books, with Katherine Hill

10/8Brooklyn, NY — Community Bookstore

10/9New York, NY KGB Bar, Behind the Book Reading Series

10/11San Francisco, CAThe Make Out Room, Writers With Drinks In San Francisco

10/16San Francisco, CALitQuake at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, with Boris Fishman

10/18San Francisco, CA — LitQuake, The Art of the Short Story (Z Space) & An Evening with The Rumpus (The Make Out Room)

10/21Palo Alto, CA — Books Inc., Peninsula Parlour Event

10/22Albuquerque, NMJewish Book Festival

10/24Austin, TXTexas Book Festival

11/3San Francisco, CABookshop Santa Cruz

11/12Sausalito, CAStudio 333, Why There Are Words Reading Series

11/21Miami, FLMiami Book Fair International

12/2Rochester, NYJewish Community Center

12/9-12/10Waltham, MA — Hadassah Brandeis Institute

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“Grice said that when we say something, there’s an implicit understanding that we’re saying it to transmit information to the hearer, and we don’t say more than we need to,” Mr. Jurafsky said. “If I say the food is fresh, like cheaper restaurants do, you wonder why I said that. Is there a reason to think the food isn’t fresh?

Read Jennifer Schuessler on Dan Jurafsky—linguist, menu-decoder, and author of The Language of Food—in the New York Times and find out why big words make for more expensive dishes. 

The Language of Food is in stores now.


The Rolling Stones' first single of 1965, “The Last Time,” was also their first self-penned single and the moment at which they fully justified their manager’s hype. It was an incredible sound for a group from Kent. This was largely because it was recorded at one of the premier American studios (RCA in Los Angeles) and had assistance from one of the premier American arrangers (Phil Spector’s henchman Jack Nitzsche), so there was light and space as well as a vortex created by the guitars, with Keith Richards’s relentless spiraling hook sucking you in. From now on they were unstoppable. 

From Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley, out now in hardcover and ebook.

Stanley says the Stones “were the first group to mark themselves out as pop snobs, outsiders and proud of it.” And: “They also acted deliberately dumb.”