| 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-...
| 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...
| 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...