[UPDATED] Actually, the New York Times has printed the F-word many times before in book excerpts

Not quite, Mediaite

From other Times book excerpts:

…and there are more. (Thanks to the reader who sent these.)

* In a nearly unprecedented move, the Times prints the F-word in its entirety (theatlanticwire.com)
* What got the New York Times to finally drop an F-bomb? (mediaite.com)

Fuck in New York Times book excerpts:
The Sopranos on the Couch * Positively Fifth Street * Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time * American Vertigo * The Sights Along the Harbor * The Possibility of an Island