| Jan 24, 2012
"'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling. I thought I was Mowgli, or I wanted to be Mowgli and have talking critters as friends. Absolutely, I wanted to escape the ghetto. I wanted to get out of poverty and live in some place magical. It seemed to me that if...
| Oct 2, 2011
Lately I've been wading into streams of mail from readers approaching death. Some are fighting it, some are afraid, some are ready to go.
And then I heard from two readers with an update on Hedda Bolgar. I wrote about the Brentwood therapist three...
| Sep 27, 2009
The Year of the Flood
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 434 pp., $26.95
Lady Oracle has been quiet the last six years. Yes, there have been half a dozen books, an opera even. But no novels, and it is in her novels that Margaret Atwood...
| Nov 19, 2009
The starry sky is regular subject, spiritual circumstance or actual setting of Philip Glassâ work. His latest opera, âKepler,â given its American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Wednesday night, is about the German astronomer who...
| May 30, 2011
Esquire's 75 books by dudes for dudes is three years old, but Joyland created a list of 250 books for dudes by chicks....