| 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 27, 2014
| 2:54 PM
"Hey, have you thought about not [sleeping with] your personal trainer, seeing as you’re running for president?"
It's a good question -- smart, practical and to the point -- which is what we expect from Anna Chlumsky's Amy Brookheimer, the chief...
| May 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
I tried to reread "Infinite Jest" last summer. More like: planned to reread it. I joined a Facebook group modeled on Infinite Summer, the 2009 digital reading project in which hundreds of readers and commentators (including John Green and Colin Meloy)...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 4:03 PM
An unusually public battle is being waged between Amazon and one of America's top five publishers, Hachette. Why the rancor? Here's what you need to know.
1. What is Hachette?
Although Hachette publishes about 1,000 books a year, you've probably...
| 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...
| Jul 4, 2014
"Fame is a fickle food," Emily Dickinson wrote upon the occasion of David Markson's death in 2010. "Pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country," David Foster Wallace called Markson's novels (or "novels"), which sold about a...
| Jul 11, 2014
I wish I could force every wannabe Internet essayist and second-rate scraped-raw memoirist to read the first page of "Another Great Day at Sea," on which Geoff Dyer demonstrates, as casually as Ray Allen sinking a three, how a metaphor is made. Describing...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Off Broadway's New Group has lined up a slew of stars for its 20th season, setting a 2014-15 slate that includes acting stints from Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman, Jesse Eisenberg and Dianne Wiest as well as a directing gig for Cynthia Nixon.
The New Group...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Around the globe, productivity is said to take a steep hit every four years when the World Cup rolls around. Entire countries shut down -- often in the middle of a weekday. After the 2010 World Cup, one study estimated the decline in economic output in...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:12 AM
About a month ago I quit Amazon cold turkey, and I feel great.
I have bought nothing from Amazon since May 16. Not a book, not a DVD, not an MP3. After years of purchasing pop culture from the mega e-retailer at an embarrassing pace — even as I...