Displaying articles for: June 2014

The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The "Pope of Trash" talks about hitting the road and discovering America in his hitchhiking adventure Carsick.

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The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

What's the line between a writer's life and a writer's truth?  Two novelists pursue the "$64,000 question."

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Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

The author of the beloved Easy Rawlins series on patrolling a bold new beat: the adult film industry.

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Despair and Ecstasy: Lily King on Euphoria

The novelist on how an episode torn from the life of Margaret Mead blossomed into a novel.

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Write Your Biggest Idea: Smith Henderson and Phillip Meyer

Two of today's best young writers - and sometime collaborators - on ambition, the separation anxiety of finishing a novel, and American history's dangerous frontiers.

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No Time for Boredom: Geoff Dyer Goes to Sea

The British essayist on his U.S. Navy immersion.

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).