Magic Hours

Tom Bissell ponders creators, their creations, and the toll that creativity takes.  From Herzog's films to a sitcom set -- and on to the world of a novelist who became an icon for a generation, these essays infectiously transmit the passion shared by the writer and his subjects.

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.