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The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Books

Fresh Air Weekend: Anjelica Huston, 'Nebraska' And Turkey Tips

<i>Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This</b> …

Face to Face With ‘The Goldfinch,’ the Painting from Donna Tartt’s Novel

Donna Tartt built her latest novel around a 350-year-old portrait of a goldfinch. A visit to the Frick reveals this painting’s astonishingly undimmed …

All the Best Jokes from Tina Fey’s Speech at the Natural History Museum Gala

As host of the American Museum of Natural History’s gala on Thursday, Tina Fey opened with remarks that blossomed into a full-blown comedy routine. Talking up the science museum, she touched on New York City’s new mayor-elect, the English’s fear of whales, and grumpy bicyclists. Some highlights …

Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

Mark your calendars: According to some scholars, the next time it might happen is the year 79,811. I'm talking, of course, about the hybrid holiday of Thanksgivukkah, a melding of Thanksgiving and the Jewish Festival of Lights. The Borsch Belt-style Pilgrim jokes and mishmash recipes (turkey brined …

Paris Review - James Salter, The Art of Fiction No. 133

Interviewed by Edward Hirsch<p>Issue 127, Summer 1993<p>James Salter is a consummate storyteller. His manners are precise and elegant; he has a splendid New York accent; he runs his hands through his gray hair and laughs boyishly. At sixty-seven he has the fitness of an ex-military man. He tells …

Literature

Eight films to watch in December 2013

Tom Hanks

Fear of Flying turns forty

“A whiny, feminist novel.” That was the <i>New York Times</i> in 1973, reviewing <i>Fear of Flying</i> by Erica Jong<i>.</i> 40 years on, Jong’s debut is now a cultural touchstone of the sexual revolution. Things have clearly changed in the intervening decades – but re-reading <i>Fear of Flying</i>, it’s remarkable how so much …