| Mar 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — To get to one of the spiritual centers of San Francisco — a perfect microcosm of the city of evergreen revolutions — turn left after the high-rising office buildings downtown, saunter past Francis Ford Coppola's emerald-...
| Feb 21, 2014
This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
| Apr 11, 2014
In his new biography, "Updike," Adam Begley examines John Updike's life and work from childhood to Harvard, his stint at The New Yorker to his newfound notoriety after the publication of his racy 1968 novel, "Couples." Begley follows Updike through two...
| May 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
4 Minute Mile
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Producers: Mark DiSalle, Deborah Moore, Jennifer Reibman, Micah Sparks
Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger
Sales: Double Dutch Intl.
Director: Eran Creevy
Producers: Joel Silver,...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:50 PM
On college campuses all over the country, the classes of 2014 have distinguished themselves like none before — mainly by chasing away their commencement speakers. Students at Smith College scared off Christine Lagarde, the first female managing...
| May 1, 2014
| 12:00 PM
"When I was 25 years old, I looked at my bookshelf and it was all men," says Rivka Galchen. "All of my favorite books were by men and had male narrators."
Galchen, author of the novel "Atmospheric Disturbances," is now 38 and speaking by phone from...
| May 2, 2014
| 12:00 PM
In 2011, newly launched sports magazine Grantland asked author and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Colson Whitehead if he would cover the World Series of Poker that July. He said no. Then they told him they'd stake him into the tournament itself. It was...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 11:30 AM
You're invited to a party. It's going to be fun, because it's being thrown by writer Chad Harbach, an editor of the literary magazine n+1, where he has been lightheartedly provocative. You're excited, because "MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:46 AM
An inquiry came over the transom yesterday from a reader who cringed at an American Idol contestant's use of "me and my mom" and "me and my sister," which the writer said was "like fingernails on a chalk board."
My standard reply is that I have my hands...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
A few months before Michelle Grabner presided over the final details of the prestigious 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art here, a white Buick LeSabre plowed into the side of her small art gallery in Oak Park. This was back in the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 12:46 PM
The fantasy of being a writer appeals to so many of us: sitting in a book-lined study crafting perfectly wrought sentences, which an illustrious publisher swiftly transforms into a bestselling book and an indelible literary legacy.
Missing from that...