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Bestselling ghostwriter reveals the secret world of the author for hire

"Behind the title of ghostwriter, I could converse with kings and billionaires as easily as whores and the homeless, go backstage with rock stars and actors. I could stick my nose into everyone else's business and ask all the impertinent questions I wanted to. At the same time, I could also live …

11 Novels That Will Creep You the F*ck Out

Halloween! A horror writer's favorite holiday. Maybe you're thinking about the record of scary sound effects your dad used to play on the stereo before suiting up in his dashed-together mummy outfit and filling the crab-boiling pot with Hershey's Kisses and candy corn. Maybe you're remembering …

Venice Biennale 2013: National pavilions round-up

Alastair Sooke runs through his pick of the 88 national pavilions at this year's Venice Biennale.<p>With almost 90 countries participating in the world’s oldest and most prestigious international <b>art</b> festival, this year’s <b>Venice Biennale</b> occasionally feels like a somewhat demented and self-defeating …

Venice Biennale

Sculpted Faces of Real Venetian Locals on Disfigured Bodies

Venetians is an installation by Polish artist Pawel Althamer that features numerous sculptures of skeletal figures meant to represent the souls of Venetians for the 55th Venice Biennale. Collaborating with his father's plastics manufacturing company (Almech), the sculptor went about taking casts of …

Venice Biennale: how much is that fox in the mini-mart?

When Roberto Cuoghi was in his mid-20s, he gave up art and transformed himself into his own father. He grew a beard, dyed his hair white, put on …

Vatican goes back to the beginning for first entry at Venice Biennale

The papacy has not always had a good time at the Venice Biennale. In 1999, most strikingly, visitors were treated to the sight of a lifesize wax …

Shower of Gold Coins in Russian Pavilion at Venice Biennale

In what's quickly becoming one of the most striking scenes at this year's Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious art fair, conceptual Russian artist Vadim Zakharov has created a shower of gold coins. Housed in the Russian Pavilion, the work is Inspired by Greek mythology. The metaphor …

Flooded

The truth is this: I am flooded by the past, overrun. Unlike Aby Warburg (whom I wrote about in my last post), I may or may not be convinced that …

The Coming Death of Venice?

Fortunately, the €1.5 billion investment will probably not be found, but if it is, the City Council of Venice will be giving permission in July for …

Tate Britain exhibition charts careers of colourists Hume and Caulfield

Gary Hume made his name as one of the new generation of Young British Artists with his paintings of doors, so it makes complete sense that the artist …

Patrick Caulfield, Tate Britain, review

Patrick Caulfield teaches us to question the evidence of our eyes, says Richard Dorment.<p><b>Tate Britain</b> is staging exhibitions of the painters Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume in back-to back in separate galleries. Officially there is no link between the two shows, but they are two artists of different …

Gary Hume, Tate Britain, review

Gary Hume is an abstract artist who happens to paint recognisable subjects, says Richard Dorment.<p><b>Tate Britain</b> is staging exhibitions of the painters Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume in back-to back in separate galleries. Officially there is no link between the two shows, but they are two artists of …

“The Spy Who Loved”: Britain’s most glamorous agent

The true story of a Polish countess turned courier and resistance fighter is better than any James Bond novel<p>Not long after a woman going by the name of Christine Granville was stabbed to death in the hallway of a London hotel in 1952, five men formed a pact to "protect" her memory. They sought to …

Summer Must List: 10 Books For Your Beach Bag

This summer, take some time to relax by the pool, in a hammock, or at the beach with these ten must-read masterpieces. From thrillers to tearjerkers to the undefinable Crazy Rich Asians, this list has it all. So if you’re stuck trying to decide what to download on your Kindle or buy at the local …

10 New Must-Reads for June

It’s finally June, and you know what that means — it’s officially time to kick-start your summer reading. Luckily for you, this month will see the …

52 books, 52 weeks, Week 22: A Red Moon Rising

This week's read for 52 books in 52 weeks was a bit of a departure for me, genre-wise, Benjamin Percy's <i>Red Moon</i>.<p>The book is a re-imagination of the werewolf myth, where werewolves -- called lycans here -- live among us but are subject to scrutiny, controls and suspicion. The story is told from …

“You know that dream of Tolstoy’s where he’s in some sort of bed contraption suspended between the abyss below and the abyss above? You know that one? Well, I gave it to him, the Lord said.” This week, we will be running a series of pieces from Joy Williams’s new book, “99 Stories of God.” Read more of today’s excerpt here: http://tpr.ly/1aWAOx1.

Best Classic Books: 10 Classics That Won't Put You To Sleep

<i>Originally published on Kirkus:</i><p>Starting in early June, Kirkus is going to publish our best bets for the new fiction and nonfiction that will delight you this summer. But summer isn’t just for reading new books that have the most buzz; hot days give us time to waft in and out of the books we know …

Books to Watch Out For: June

<b>“Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father” (Norton), by Alysia Abbott, out June 3rd.</b> The striking photo on the cover of “Fairyland” looks like it could have been taken a hundred years ago. It gives a sense of the otherworldly childhood that Abbott recounts in this memoir about growing up with her openly …

The Importance of Being Hannah Arendt

Daphne Merkin on a brilliant new film presenting Hannah Arendt in the midst of the Eichmann trial and the 'banality of evil.'<p>I have never been sure …

For most people in Iraq, art has not been a priority in recent years - but now it's become a more common way of demonstrating how life is. Work from 11 Iraqi artists has gone on show in Venice, and this gallery shows off some of the images: http://bbc.in/11hXgw5 On the subject of art, the BBC's Will Gompertz is hosting an online Q&A at 13:00 GMT (that's 09:00 in New York, 14:00 in London and 21:00 in Hong Kong). He'd like to hear your views on what makes art "good" or "bad". You can find details here http://bbc.in/14dr3u5 and leave questions below.

Sons and Lovers: a century on For Philip Larkin, DH Lawrence was 'England's greatest writer', but his critical standing has dipped. On the anniversary of the publication of Sons and Lovers, Blake Morrison argues that a century of devoted readers can't be wrong http://bit.ly/10pkVxV Photograph: katybird/guardian.co.uk

The Woolwich footage was grotesque. Our reaction need not be - Peter Preston in the Observer The debate about the horror of the London killing should not revolve around whether the images should have beeen shown, but how the government and media responded to them http://bit.ly/18nX1on Photograph: ITV News/PA

Have we got Germans wrong? http://bbc.in/19erfvf The BBC's Stephen Evans in Berlin believes the commonly-held stereotype of a hard-working, efficient, humourless people can be wrong. Are there other national stereotypes that aren't always correct?