| Feb 23, 2009
Casting for pilots is starting to come fast and furious as filming dates approach. "The Soup" host Joel McHale, former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Marc Blucas and "Life on Mars" poppa Dean Winters are among the latest to land roles.
| Feb 25, 2009
ABC's drama pilot "Eastwick" has found its second witch in Lindsay Price, which could be a bad omen for Price's current show, "Lipstick Jungle."
Price joins Jaime Ray Newman in a lead role on "Eastwick," which is a loose adaptation of the John Updike...
| Mar 8, 2009
"I shall not, for example, try to evoke a rhetorical chiaroscuro of an intellect suspended in the twilight of the last divine monarchy, exposed to the philosophies of anarchy, communism and socialism, stricken by a loss of free speech; an intelligence...
| Mar 10, 2009
ABC's pilot "Eastwick" has completed its trio of witches, adding former "Ugly Betty" actress Rebecca Romijn to its cast.
In the drama, based on John Updike's novel "The Witches of Eastwick" and its 1987 film adaptation, Romijn will play a single mother...
| Feb 28, 2010
Alan Sillitoe, now in his 80s, grew up in Nottingham, in the English midlands, in the kind of squalor and poverty that, a century earlier, gave Charles Dickens nightmares. Sillitoe's father was a violent drunk; his mother, on occasion, was forced to...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Jul 5, 2009
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" had all the makings of a hit, even without Arnold.
But after just two shortened seasons, Fox pulled the plug on the blockbuster franchise's move to TV. Ratings had fallen to a series low by May, and it seemed the...
| Dec 20, 2009
During the last decade, more than ever before, writers faced the challenge of cutting through the noise. The new millennium began with the enduring influence of W.G. Sebald: his marriage of word and image somewhere deep in the reader's subconscious; his...
| Nov 20, 2009
"The Art Student's War"
By Brad Leithauser
Knopf, 512 pages, $27.95
To engage in some literary hopscotch momentarily, consider that the poet and novelist Brad Leithauser, writing in Slate magazine on John Updike, connected his subject with Henry James'...
| Dec 11, 2010
Yellow shoes are the only giveaway. Without them, Steve Martin's just another New Yorker in a somber gray coat, braced against the coming winter, out Christmas shopping for his wife; just another writer with a new book he will see in the window of...
| Feb 14, 2011
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"Lastingness: The Art of Old Age"
By Nicholas Delbanco
Grand Central Publishing, 261 pages, $24.99
Six years ago, during one of my summer writers' workshops, I found myself presented with a young man who was already (at the ripe age of 12) a world-...