‘Tis the season, as they say, to stuff your face. Thanksgiving, that hallowed day of highly caloric foods and oft-tempestuous family relations, is upon us. To celebrate — or just to escape the festivities for a while — why not nourish the foodie in you with some gourmand-friendly literature? Behold, a spread worthy of kings: 50 essential works of fiction to whet your appetite, and then satisfy it, and then satisfy it some… Read More
Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend. Sendak’s tale about a young boy whose imagination transports him to a land full of “wild things” was an early, rare portrait of the dark emotions children learn to cope with. “If I’ve done anything, I’ve had kids express themselves as they are, impolitely, lovingly… they don’t mean any harm. They just don’t know what the right way is,” Sendak said of the book in a 2004 interview. The many monsters in children’s literature have helped young readers face their fears, empowering them — and in some cases, frightening them to tears. Here are 13 of the greatest… Read More
The Princess Bride just celebrated its 25th anniversary, but the festivities aren’t over yet. Cary Elwes will be writing… Read More
Letters of Note, the popular website that publishes exactly what its name implies, has finally put out a book filled with letters sent by everyone from Virginia Woolf to Nick Cave to Jack the Ripper. Not too surprisingly, that collection is also titled Letters of Note.
What might draw us to these letters is the fact that we just don’t send physical mail as much as we used to. Email correspondences are locked behind passwords, and no great thinkers have offered up the contents of their inbox to be published in a book (yet…). Letters of Note, both the site and this new collection, is a throwback of sorts, but the letters it publishes also help us understand famous people we are interested in, and give us a different way of looking into their thoughts. … Read More
It’s getting cold out there, and though there are a few ways of keeping warm, one which most people don’t talk about is reading a steamy book. But it can be hard to choose the right one. Most people want a book that doesn’t carry the shame of the E.L. James cover or the — let’s face it — often terrible quality of the writing of most erotica online. Here are 25 works of great, nearly-great, or at the very least significant erotic fiction of the last several centuries you could try on for size, and see if they keep your blood circulating to all available… Read More
So many of the basic principals America was founded upon came from the brain of Voltaire, who was born on this day in 1694. Freedom of expression, religion, and the separation between church and state were all advocated by the witty French writer and philosopher. And while all of those things are important, we think it’s time to start talking about the Candide author for his truly epic wig, the likes of which contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race could put to great use. … Read More
Flipping through A Scene Between, Sam Knee’s tribute to the style of 1980s British indie acts such as The Pastels, Orange Juice, and, of course, The Smiths, I had to admit to myself that even though hardly a day goes by when I don’t find myself listening to music from that time and place, it was a later band that took most of its influences from that era, Belle and Sebastian, who first got me searching thrift stores for paisley button-up shirts and anoraks to which I could fasten Jesus and Mary Chain badges. But soon enough, I came to realize that my true sartorial heroes had mostly broken up long before I was old enough to appreciate their greatness. … Read More
James McBride has won the National Book Award for Fiction for the book The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA).
George Packer has won the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction for the book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the… Read More