Breaking the Surface: Leanne Shapton's Life Aquatic

The author and artist's life chronicled in suits and sharks.

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'Sunny Jim' or 'Herr Satan': Gordon Bowker on James Joyce

How the great writer's life in exile emerged in a career of artistic revolution.

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Andrew Keen: "The Cult of the Social"

The author of Digital Vertigo sees the future in status updates, and it isn't a rosy one.

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Anna Quindlen: An Interview with Mom

The author talks with her son about her new memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, and the stories behind it.

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Alison Bechdel: The Balancing Act

The cartoonist and author of the memoir Are You My Mother? on writing, therapy, and a daughter's quest for love.

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Kevin Smith: Tough Talk

The Clerks director talks about his new book, his popular podcasts, and his impending retirement from film.

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Kelle Hampton: "The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful"

The author of a new memoir about parenting a child born with Down syndrome talks about learning to change her worldview, one day at a time.

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Etgar Keret: What Happens Next

The short story author speaks on curiosity, self-promotion, and life in a very small country.

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"The residue of time wasted": Jonah Lehrer Talks Creativity

The author of Imagine talks about the nature of creativity, and how we can boost our own capacity to invent.

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"The Past is a Negotiation": Jeanette Winterson

The author of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? talks about the consequences of "spiritual damage."

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Lisa Kleypas: Emotional Magic

Eloisa James talks with the author about her new novel Rainshadow Road.

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Tim Weiner: Getting Inside the Bureau

The author of Enemies: A History of the FBI talks J. Edgar Hoover, 9/11, and the Bureau's balancing act between liberty and security.

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"The Shock of his Bad Behavior": Claire Tomalin on Charles Dickens

The author of Charles Dickens: A Life on what happens "when you live with Dickens for years."

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Michael Ondaatje

Talking Mailer, Kipling, and Tranströmer with the author of The Cat's Table.

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Tony Bennett: The Art of Excellence

The singer on the tracks that have built a legendary career.

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Ruth Rendell

The creator of Inspector Wexford discusses her fictional alter ego.

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Evan Hughes on Literary Brooklyn

A time-traveling journey through an urban landscape and the writers it's sustained.

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Hugh Ambrose on The Pacific

The author of The Pacific talks about the book, the HBO series, and the dark side of the "Good War."

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David Brooks

In his latest book, The Social Animal, New York Times columnist David Brooks explores who we are and how we got that way. He discusses his findings in a conversation with James Mustich.

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Stacy Schiff

A conversation with Stacy Schiff about her new biography of the woman who once held the fate of the Western world in her hands.

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Oliver Sacks

A conversation with neurologist and bestselling author Oliver Sacks about his latest book, The Mind's Eye, an exploration of the mysteries of vision.

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Amitava Kumar

The novelist and critic discusses the "ecology of terror" and the challenge of writing with honesty.

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Talkin' Bob Dylan

A joint interview with historian Sean Wilentz (Bob Dylan in America) and music critic Greil Marcus (Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010) on Dylan's career and the courses through history it traces.

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Gay Talese

An interview with the legendary reporter on the occasion of the publication of The Silent Season of a Hero, collecting six decades of his sports writing.

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J.C. Hallman: In Utopia

Modern day adventures in Utopian living.

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Nicholas Carr: The Shallows

A video interview with the author of The Shallows on the perils posed by our immersion in a world of online distractions.

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Talking with Rob Sheffield about Duran Duran

A conversation (with videos) with the author of a new memoir about youth, heartbreak, and the music of the MTV generation.

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Clay Shirky

A conversation with the author of Cognitive Surplus on the past, present, and future of books, and other matters of culture and technology.

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Jaron Lanier

The virtual reality pioneer and author of You Are Not a Gadget talks with Andrew Keen about the problem of "digital humanism."

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David Mitchell

The author of the celebrated Cloud Atlas on his new novel, the allure of history, Charles Dickens, and Star Trek.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."