BY REBECCA ROTHFELD This April, Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post proclaimed “the end of everything.” Citing the slew of recently published books and articles heralding the end of sex, the end of money, the end of illness, and, most famously, the end of history, Lozada concludes...
Bestselling author Vince Flynn, known for his page-turning tales of assassins and terrorists, CIA agents and crooked politicians, died early this morning. Flynn had been diagnosed in 2011 with late-stage prostate cancer. His death was announced by his publisher, Carolyn...
How do you retain a sense of dignity when people treat you as a second class citizen? Do you laugh it off, walk it off, or fight? When do you make that decision, and why? This may substitute for violin lessons in the regular Tiger Mom curriculum.
My sister tells a story that, when Soman Chainani first came to our house the first thing he asked her was: "How are you planning on getting a boyfriend?" Right at that moment, we all knew that Soman understood what teenagers think about.
Lorrie Moore once said in an interview that what’s good for writing is bad for life. In this vein, we might assume that coffee, which is bad for your health but good for your writing, neatly supports her conjecture. But what if it turns out that coffee is a detriment to creativity? Maria Konnikova investigates [...]Show More Summary
One of the great mysteries of 20 th -century literary history is why Ralph Ellison never completed the highly anticipated second novel that he worked on for four decades after Invisible Man was published to wide acclaim in 1952. A portion...Show More Summary
I always want to know what books my favorite authors are reading and recommending, so we asked John Green, Cassandra Clare, and Markus Zusak to tell us what four books they recommend this summer. Check out their great lists below...
Turtle Diary is a 1975 novel by Russell Hoban about two 40-something Londoners who want to steal three sea turtles from the London Zoo...
I was first introduced to Michael Crichton in 1971, when I read The Andromeda Strain as a high school freshman. Shortly thereafter I saw the movie Westworld and I was hooked.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about this year’s Brandeis commencement, at which New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier argued that the humanities are under siege in America. In this week’s Prospect, Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson interviewsShow More Summary
In addition to his timeless observations on love and death and empire and pretty much every other aspect of the human experience, Shakespeare devoted quite a bit of ink to money and how it affects us.
Last night was the Decatur Book Festival’s kickoff press party. This year’s poster was unveiled (below). The author highlights were touched upon (see full list), and the keynote speaker was announced. This year’s keynote will be given by Congressman John Lewis, who has a new autobiographical graphic novel series. I am particularly excited about the [...]
As a corporate attorney in Manhattan and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Eric Epstein knows a thing or two about pulling all-nighters. Now, we do, too. We interviewed Epstein, the author of The 24-Hour Genius: Unlocking...Show More Summary
The ubiquitous James Franco, author, actor, etc., etc., is raising funds on the website Indiegogo for a three-film series based on his 2011 short story collection, "Palo Alto."
Coping With Chemotherapy How to take of yourself while chemotherapy takes care of the cancer Bruning 1985 This book I found still in active circulation at an unamed public library. As of this writing, it is still on the shelf. For the love of libraries, why is this still in circulation? Please don’t tell me [...]
Children don't get to choose their parents, much less name them. But when it came time for me to find the right title for my novel about a daughter and her mother, my daughter was the person I turned to. She couldn't name me, but she did name my book.
The North Korean watchdog news site New Focus International has reported that Kim Jong-un gave copies of “Mein Kampf” to high-ranking officials in honor of his birthday in January. The pianist Jeremy Denk has signed a deal for a book...Show More Summary
Adding to a review by Pamela Erens for The Millions, Zoë Heller reads Janet Malcolm’s Forty One False Starts for the New York Review of Books. Among other things, she concludes that the writer’s job, at least in Malcolm’s estimation, is “to vanquish mess.” (You could also read a review in The Nation I wrote about a few weeks [...]Show More Summary
Megan McCafferty still can’t believe it took her as long as it did to come up with a Jessica Darling
Sally Rosen Kindred reviews Allison Seay's To See the Queen today in Rumpus Poetry.