| Feb 28, 2008
William F. Buckley Jr., the columnist, novelist, television talk show host and tireless intellectual who founded the modern conservative movement and was its articulate voice for nearly six decades, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Buckley, who had been ill...
| Jan 18, 2009
My eldest daughter, who is majoring in African American studies, read Barack Obama's first book, "Dreams From My Father," last summer. And she said to me in wonder, "It's a beautiful book. He's a great writer."
A president who is a great writer, who...
| Oct 13, 2008
OAKLAND -- The members of the McCoy Memorial Baptist Church choir in Los Angeles have been working very hard lately. The 40-member ensemble normally meets once a week at its East 46th Street home. But since reaching the L.A. regional semifinals of the...
| Nov 12, 2008
Studs Terkel, who died last month at the age of 96, was America's most popular oral historian.
Though never a "writer" of the first rank, he nevertheless was a unique contributor to American letters and a vital link to the current of idealistic...
| Jun 8, 2008
IN 2005 at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Daniel Breaker was perfunctorily reading a play in which he thought he was being offered a minor role, a character simply called Youth. But 20 pages into the quirky musical "Passing Strange," the actor was...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 9:16 AM
For a magazine that spawned dozens of imitators as it both chronicled and set a standard for sexual change in America, Playboy got off to a jittery start. Hugh Hefner had so little confidence in his magazine that he did not print the month of the...
| Jan 19, 2008
A Father's Law
By Richard Wright
HarperPerennial, 268 pages, $14.95 paper
Modern American literature changed forever in March 1940 with the publication of Richard Wright's first novel, "Native Son." After the book's huge success, Wright spent the...
| Apr 6, 2008
The French are fabulous again. Witness President Nicolas Sarkozy's recent trip to Britain with his new and glamorous wife, Carla Bruni. There is even word that the French are warming to Americans: A recent poll found 32 percent of the French are pro-...
| Sep 28, 2009
| 2:24 PM
Update as of 9/28/09: A Gray's Harbor Sheriff's Deputy reports that they got a 911 call from anonymous person telling them Baldwin was at a location and that they saw him on Washington's Most Wanted. When deputies arrived, Baldwin took off running. He was...
| Nov 22, 2009
Riverhead: 292 pp., $25.95
In 2006, when James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" was exposed as a fraud, the news was met with the self-righteousness and scorn typically reserved for Ponzi schemers. Ever since, Frey's name...
| Jun 13, 2009
Harold Norse, a San Francisco poet often associated with the Beats, who was mentor or peer to many of the greatest talents in 20th century American literature, including Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, has died....
| Jul 26, 2009
In the early stages of writing my memoir "Slow Motion," I packed my bags and prepared to spend a month at Yaddo, an artists' community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. I had never been to Yaddo before and was feeling intimidated. James Baldwin, Truman Capote and...