Displaying articles for: October 2013

Death of an Alchemist: Gavin Edwards on River Phoenix

A new book looks back at the life -- and premature end -- of an enigmatic actor.



D. J. Taylor: The Art of Writing Revisionist History

The author of The Windsor Faction on "authorial sleight-of-hand" and putting words into the mouths of real people. 


Jeff VanderMeer: Wonderbook

A new book for aspiring writers of fantasy puts the emphasis on the visual.


July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.