Authors, Assessed in Pairs

You can’t have one without the other. In a piece appropriately titled “Requiem for Two Heavyweights,” Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the NYT Book Review, compares and contrasts the recent memorial services for William F. Buckley Jr. and Norman Mailer (pictured here). The Guardian reviews A Dangerous Liaison, about the “extraordinary 50-year partnership of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.” (Behold some fascinating quips on the couple’s liberal sexuality and four-alarm hygiene.) And the New York Review of Books sizes up historic speeches on race in America delivered by two former Illinois state senators. (Can you guess who they are?)