Displaying articles for: July 2014

The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

Snapping photos, finding Nigeria, and learning to write romance with the author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.


True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

From Mel Brooks to the writers of The Onion, a host of comedy scribes talk about the tricks of their trade.


Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Two young talents on home, gender, dachshunds, and the books they never expected to write.


July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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.