Tom Smucker loves the Beach Boys, though he’s not in love with them right now.
Michelle Tea’s publisher, the Feminist Press, calls her a “queer countercultural icon.” She is that, indeed, and has been an icon in the queer world for decades.
History of Violence is not, as the title suggests, a big, fat tome about human aggression, brute force, and cruelty, though it describes a world in which violence shapes the life of the na
Salvador Dali wasn’t the founder of Surrealism, the cultural movement that spread from Europe to the Americas in the 20thcentury. Andre Breton was the founding father.
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British author George Orwell once described hospitals as “ante-chambers to the grave.” It’s not difficult to understand why.
The crescendo for Duncan Hannah’s Twentieth-Century Boy takes place in February 1976, more than 100 pages before the end, and four years before the legendary 1980 Times Square Show when hi
Contemporary readers probably won’t recognize the name Edward Garnett, not unless they’re students and scholars of modern British literature.
"a comprehensive biography befitting a giant of the literature of the United States.."
At first glance, the author and the subject of this book seem mismatched. Singer, songwriter, bard, and Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan, is the subject.
In the Beat Generation tribe, Robert Frank was the odd man out.
“What She Ate is for foodies, fashionistas, feminists, and for anyone who enjoys reading about meals as much as eating them.”
Two hundred years after her death on July 18, 1817, Jane Austen and her novels are now more beloved than ever before.
Books take us hostage and transport us to times and places where we ourselves can’t go, whether it’s to a remote tropical island or to the Parthenon in ancient Greece.
Ever since it was first published in England in 1847 and in the U.S. in 1848, Jane Eyre has been a literary phenomenon, widely read, profoundly influential, and lovingly imitated.
Sherman Alexie’s compelling memoir offers a mix of poetry and prose that links emotional intimacy to a powerful narrative that will likely keep readers off balance.
One can always trust the police to be dogged and to keep voluminous records, though they’re not always accurate.
“an author who has carved out her own territory and made the personal essay into a thing of beauty.”
In The Pen and the Brush, the versatile biographer Anka Muhlstein explores some of the complex and fascinating relationships that have existed between painters and novelists.
Denied the kind of shapely body and beautiful face that made Hollywood producers see stars, but gifted with a razor-sharp mind and a motor mouth, Joan Alexander Molinsky made the best of her talent
Teenagers who heard the Wilson brothers—better known as the Beach Boys—harmonize on their big hits, “Surfin’ Safari,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” and “Good Vibrations” in the early 1960s, p
As a boy and a young man, Robert Gottlieb read for the love of reading itself. Later he read because his career demanded that he do so.
The journalist, biographer, and Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield calls David Bowie a lot of names: tramp, vagabond, and “the most alien of rock artists” to name a few.
Thad Carhart seems to have led a charmed life.
In May 1944, at the age of 77, Laura Ingalls Wilder received a letter from a schoolteacher in Cleveland, Ohio.
After the release of his quirky 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, director/writer Wes Anderson confessed to The Daily Telegraph in London, “I stole from Stefan Zweig,” though n
“In its own inimitable way, West of Eden is as epic as John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden.”
Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, the worldwide grassroots organization, and the author of Slow Food Nation, exudes so much joy, hope, and optimism in his new book that it’s hard no
“In Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, Harjo soars majestically, wails beautifully, and prays soulfully.”