You may remember the bestseller by Alain de Botton, How Reading Proust Can Change Your Life. Maybe your life did change. Maybe you set out to finally read Proust. How about trying it again, this time with Pascal? The great French mathematician...Show More Summary
The erstwhile Frank Black (and Charles Thompson) has kept himself busy over the last decade, playing with the reunited Pixies—and even releasing new Pixies music—as well as recording solo and collaborative albums. Now Black Francis has...Show More Summary
Here I am. That's my short answer to the Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie's rhetorical question the other day in The Guardian. Here I am, a-n American, living in America, writing about America's involvement -- as well as my own - in...Show More Summary
Rizzoli’s is closing, but if the owners have their way, there’ll be a Rizzoli’s II opening its doors in the near future. In the meantime, you can read this Times piece about the bookstore, which puts its closing into context.
Following the publication of my recent article, "Hugh Hefner and Jean-Jacques Pauvert Celebrate Their 88th Birthdays," I received an email from Pauvert and Brigitte Lozerec'h, which said Pauvert was "pleased and amused" by the article which showed the controversial parallels between the two men's lives. Show More Summary
We need your help -- actually, we all need each other's help! Although dinner might be just about our only daily opportunity to sit down together, catch up and eat a healthy meal, we tend to be too busy/stressed/tired (you can throw in a dozen other reasons) to cook ourselves. Show More Summary
Diksha Basu reviews WAVE by Sonali Deraniyagala today in The Rumpus Book Reviews.
There are many possible answers to the question “where do you write?”, but one of the strangest, and most unexpected, has to be “I don’t know.” At The Rumpus, Brendan Constantine admits that he doesn’t write in any one place, and that his memory for where he’s written before is “completely unreliable.” We surveyed our […]
In 'Flash Boys,' a band of misfits and nerds uncovers a Wall Street computer scheme that used dazzling speed to tip the trading scales. There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt."
The City University of New York announced on Tuesday a new residency program that will provide choreographers with rehearsal and performance space at the university’s campuses across the five boroughs.
The picture file: A manual & curriculum-related subject heading list Hill 1975 Submitter: [This is] from a middle school library non-fiction shelf available for student use! The internet eliminated the need for picture files more than 15 years ago, but I found this book on the shelf last year. Once school libraries were staffed based […]
It was probably the most terrifying question of my writing career. "Would you like to write a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey?" said the editor from HarperCollins UK with the cut glass accent and the string of pearls. Show More Summary
New this week: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld; In the Course of Human Events by Mike Harvkey; Casebook by Mona Simpson; The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay; Vernon Downs by Jaime Clarke; and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon. For more on these titles and other new releases, […]
If you've read Fortune magazine anytime in the last 20+ years, or, for that matter, if you've cruised the business book world, you already know Stanley Bing: the funniest "business" writer on a very crowded block. Tomorrow, we'll unveil one...
How many sides does a circle have, Sir? What happens when you divide by zero, Sir? What is the biggest prime number, Sir? Is 0.9 recurring equal to 1, Sir? What is the smallest fraction, Sir? What is Pi, Sir?
It’s February 4, 1937. The poet Osip Mandelstam is in Voronezh, a provincial city deep in the Russian steppe. He has one year left to live.
There have been many great partnerships throughout history – Orville and Wilbur, Hillary and Norgay, the Steves (Jobs and Wozniak), Rodgers and Hammerstein, Ben and Jerry, the Curies, Bert and Ernie, Sherlock and Watson, Katniss and Peeta -just to name … Continue reading ?
Jennifer Vanderbes discusses her latest novel, The Secret of Raven Point, the role of women in military history, and focusing on figures not commonly foregrounded in war literature.
Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch, reached new heights today after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – one of the top gongs in American literature. Last week, Tartt was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for women’s fiction and prompted named as the bookie’s favourite. Signed copies of The Goldfinch are now seriously in demand. […]
Whether you're writing a mystery series or fantasy, so-called "literary fiction" or romances, the common view is that writers must brand themselves as one thing or another to market their books. While there's a certain amount of truth...Show More Summary