| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Controversy of one kind or another has dogged "Porgy and Bess" since its Broadway premiere in 1935.
Just the fact that George Gershwin's first real stab at grand opera debuted on Broadway rather than the Metropolitan Opera, which had initially...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:24 AM
The rumor was that the president of the United States was going to appear at Baltimore City College on Thursday, so teacher Mark Miazga swapped his usual polo for a shirt and tie in case he got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before resuming his day of...
| 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...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Author Jackie Collins still has the steam engine chugging. Her newest novel, "Lucky: Confessions of a Wild Child," released last week, is a prequel to the Lucky Santangelo books and centers on the treasured heroine during her formative teen years —...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 11:38 AM
A book doesn't have to be a movie tie-in to see the benefit of a film's release. Readers don't need to see a star's face on the book's cover, it turns out: They just need to see the author's name.
That's what's shown by the year-end numbers at the...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:43 PM
In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title.
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
LONDON -- Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's untitled documentary about the New York Review of Books has been added to the Berlin Film Festival's Berlinale Special line-up, where it will be shown as a work in progress, followed by a discussion with...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:16 AM
The PBS television series "American Masters" will debut its profile of Alice Walker on Feb. 7, shortly before the author's 70th birthday.
While Walker has written novels, poetry and nonfiction, she is best known for her novel "The Color Purple."...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:25 AM
What do you drink with a 75-foot-long Cuban sandwich? When you’re the guy responsible for creating the world-record Dagwood on Saturday at the inaugural Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival, the answer is odd and understandable.