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An Award-Winning Biographer’s Latest Subject: Herself

The English biographer Claire Tomalin’s memoir, “A Life of My Own,” is on one level a phlegmatic tour of a fruitful life. She guides us briskly through her childhood (her French father worked for Unesco; her English mother was a musician), her education at Cambridge University a year ahead of …

Books

Imagining the Unhappy Life of Stan Laurel

<b>HE</b><br>By John Connolly<br>456 pp. Quercus. $26.99.<p>There is nothing surprising anymore about a sad clown.<p>So many melancholy tales have been told about the tortured lives of comedians that the pertinent question about a new story is not whether the entertainer is miserable but why. In his deeply researched …

An eerie dystopian prophecy by a disillusioned Bolshevik

<b>We.</b> By Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. Illustrated by Kit Russell. <i>The Folio Society; 240 pages; £36.95.</i><p><b>Get our daily …

NOIR by Christopher Moore Read by Johnny Heller | Audiobook Review

Narrator Johnny Heller nails the wry tones and rhythmic pacing of the working mugs, corrupt cops, streetwise urchins, and tough dames who people …

"Display of Energy" by J. Clinton Ransom | The Art of Manliness

“Display of Energy”<br>From The Successful Man in His Manifold Relations to Life, 1886<br>By J. Clinton Ransom<p>Energy also displays itself in quietness. “The …

D.H. Lawrence

<i>Biography</i><p>by Pericles Lewis<p>A prolific poet, painter, and essayist, D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) is today best known for his novels, which remain popular …

Orwell’s take on destitution, live from Paris and London

The thief who took the last of an ailing George Orwell’s money from his Paris room in 1929 did a big favour to political literature.<p>Cast into real poverty by the sudden loss of his savings, the young Etonian writer had to search about for dishwashing work in the kitchens of the French capital. …

Did Women Writers Change the 20thC New York Intellectual Scene?

Sharp: The Women Who Made An Art of Having An Opinion<p>Michelle Dean<p>Grove Atlantic<p>April 2018<p>Not so long ago, before social media enabled all of us to …

Feminism

Jeff Koons, art dealer running Ponzi scheme: investor

Famed sculptor Jeff Koons and the superdealer Larry Gagosian are pulling a Ponzi scheme on the world’s richest art collectors, according to a …

Fine Art

Olivia Laing Sets Her Sights on Fiction

At a cafe on East 9th Street, Olivia Laing took momentary refuge from the wind. In her 2016 book <i>The Lonely City</i>, she’d written about this very spot, …

This Brazilian pastor said he was saving souls. Police say he ran a slave-labor ring.

By Anthony Faiola<p>, Bureau chief<p>Marina Lopes<p>, Reporter<p>MINDURI, Brazil — Welcome to Paradise Farm.<p>In the fertile hills of southeast Brazil, scores of Christian workers tend banana and citrus fields, rousing iridescent butterflies in the noonday sun. In the evenings, laborers come home to cement …

Brazil

Monsieur Bébé: The Brief, Strange Life of Raymond Radiguet

The year 1923 was a momentous year for a young French writer named Raymond Radiguet. Radiguet began the year by publishing his first novel. He was …

Coco Chanel

The 20 True Crime Books On Goodreads With The Highest Ratings From Users

Fans of all things strange, puzzling and decidedly creepy, rejoice! It's Mystery and Thriller Week on Goodreads and the site has compiled all of your …

Lies, Camera, Action

MODERN AMERICAN CINEMA began with a series of lies. D. W. Griffith turned Thomas Dixon Jr.’s 1905 novel <i>The Clansman</i> into 1915’s <i>The Birth of a Nation</i>, …

10 challenging books from the Intellectual Dark Web

As more intellectuals seek a common ground between the left-right divide, these ten books offer insights on how to navigate challenging topics.<br>Read …

Los Angeles

Wild Stories of Partying with Warhol and Bowie in the 70s

Painter Duncan Hannah relives New York's most debauched decade and shares exclusive behind-the-scenes photos with VICE.<p>When Duncan Hannah arrived in New York in 1971, he could have walked out of the pages of Oscar Wilde’s <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray.</i> With big eyes and high cheekbones, Hannah’s …

White Shroud

<i>In this modernist classic from Lithuanian author Antanas Škėma, the tragedy of the refugee is a metaphor for the meaninglessness and absurdity of the</i> …

The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

Because nonfiction is often sometimes more terrifying and unsettling<p>For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalise violence and human suffering, but …

Mean Streets: The Life and Afterlife of Berlin Alexanderplatz

The German artist George Grosz emerged from the decadence of Weimar culture as an unlikely moralist. His grotesque paintings of Berlin street life—seething, ugly, claustrophobic, often thick with malice—skewered the city’s lurid postwar demimonde. Though today Grosz is best remembered as a gifted …

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment refashioned the idea of what a novel could be

With the exception of <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> and possibly <i>Frasier</i>, Dostoevsky’s novel <i>Crime and Punishment</i>, published a little over 150 years ago, …

Literature

Jessie Greengrass’s Sight is a wondrous tale packed with Freud and psychoanalysis

Sight would have been a stunning realist novel in its own right, without all the additional historical material.<p>On coming across Jessie Greengrass’s …

The new Scandi noir: the Korean writers reinventing the thriller

The country has emerged as a surprising literary force as a novel by the ‘Korean Henning Mankell’ bags a six-figure deal and sparks a global bidding war<p>Last December, Korean novelist Un-su Kim set out on an eight-month deep-sea fishing trip as part of research for his next book. Unreachable by …

How Joseph Cassara’s new book expands on the world of Paris is Burning - Interview Magazine

JOSEPH CASSARA IN NEW YORK, DECEMBER 2017. COAT AND SCARF: BURBERRY. SHIRT, PANTS, AND SHOES: CASSARA’S OWN. SITTINGS EDITOR: JENNY HARTMAN.<p>There is …

In His New Collection, ‘The Rub of Time,’ Martin Amis Takes On Everyone From Travolta to Trump

<b>THE RUB OF TIME</b> <b><br>Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017</b><br>By Martin Amis<br>416 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95.<p>Martin Amis, for those who need an introduction, is a writer living in Brooklyn. He was also, for a period beginning in the mid-1980s and lasting well into the …

The writer’s identity

For those of us who puzzled over the extraordinary power of the Italian writer Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series, an exploration of a friendship …

The lost, wild world of Caresse Crosby, notorious queen of 1920s Paris society

From the outrageous parties to publishing Hemingway, a remarkable life has now been retold in a book, The Heart is a Burial Ground, by her great-granddaughter Tamara Colchester<p>She is credited with inventing the modern bra, launched Salvador Dali on the international arts scene and founded a …

What to Stream This Weekend

Five literary adaptations, from Shakespeare to Henry James.<p><i>Each week, Richard Brody picks a classic film, a modern film, an independent film, a foreign film, and a documentary for online viewing.</i><p>“Daisy Miller”<p>Peter Bogdanovich films Henry James’s novella “Daisy Miller” with an acerbic humor that …

The Alien Richness of Kate Braverman’s Short Stories

Kate Braverman could be a character in a Kate Braverman story. After what she has called a “squalid adolescence” in Los Angeles—her father gambled and her mother struggled with mental illness, as the San Francisco <i>Chronicle</i> recounted—she ran poetry workshops in the nineteen-seventies and eighties …

Six Latin American Novels That Are Pushing Boundaries

Let’s start with real talk: In the English-speaking world, and above all in the U.S., Latin American literature is all too often pigeonholed, …