Joan Didion

17 standout books of 2017 that you must read

The nerds will be spoilt for choices<p>Sparkling new voices, curious genre-hybrids, future classics,and a stirring portrait of our time—2017’s standout …

Books

Why I love Joan Didion

Our pop culture expert on the lessons she’s learned from one of America’s greatest living writers<p>The glamour of Joan Didion, 83, lies not in the many incredible photographs of her during her long life. Nor is it in that horrible quasi-sheen that we associate with surviving terrible loss. It’s not …

Literature

Indie Bookstores Tell Us About Their Most Stolen Books

Unlike surreptitiously lifting gummy bears from Walmart, the act of stealing a book reveals a lot about the character, or at least the literary …

Literature

7 Books To Binge If You've Just Seen Lady Bird

Mumblecore darling and acclaimed actor Greta Gerwig has just released her directorial debut to universal praise. The Sacramento-set story concerns …

Literature

How Roya Sullivan, Designer of Macy’s Holiday Windows, Spends Her Sundays

During the holiday season, it’s hard to miss the six festive windows at Macy’s Herald Square. Roya Sullivan, 51, is the person who oversees their presentation. Around this time of year, her schedule ramps up to 70 hours a week, so on Sundays, Ms. Sullivan is happy for a little solitude, mixed in …

New York City

Mike Slack Photographs Connections Between Human and Natural World

Mike Slack’s new book, <i>The Transverse Path (or Nature’s Little Secret)</i>, grew from the photographer’s interest in and “heightened attention to natural …

Vera Katz, who helped turn Portland into an eco-friendly hipster haven, dies at 84

Vera Katz, a Jewish refugee who as mayor helped transform Portland from a sleepy backwater into a trendy city known for its public transit, eco-conscious design and live-work architecture style, has died after being diagnosed with acute leukemia.<p>Katz was diagnosed this month after undergoing …

Entertainment

The Year in Art Was All in the Details

Grand narratives appear to make sense of the world, but the world doesn’t hang together as neatly as all that. Rather than honor and applaud a sum …

New York City

27 Book Suggestions Sure to Make Your Holiday Gift-Giving Easier

If you look closely at the intersection of the Venn diagram of “affordable gifts” and “meaningful gifts,” you’ll find it’s mostly populated with …

Books

Looking for Ghosts: A Conversation with John Freeman

John Freeman is well known as an editor and writer. The former editor of <i>Granta</i>, current editor of the literary journal <i>Freeman’s</i>, and Executive Editor …

Emily Dickinson

Monologue: Yes, And I’m in Love With a Straight White Man Who Teaches Me Improv 101!

For the record, I didn’t sign up for Improv101 to meet a man.I signed up because I’ve spent the last four years completing a rigorous B.F.A. program …

Love

These Were the Best Books We Read All Year

Books provided much-needed solace this year, both from the insanity of the news, and even from the way we consume the news itself. It felt more vital than ever to pick up a solid, ideally wireless object (okay, e-readers count too) that we could sink into for hours at a time, without seeing a red …

Books

Pacing Your Plot: 20 Ways to Rethink Your Narrative Pace

[Don’t miss your chance to enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition! Impress us with your best story in 1500 words or fewer. Deadline …

Writing

In the Studio with Sam McKinniss, the Unapologetic Painter of "Perverted" Internet Culture

“I almost wore my Crocs today,” the artist Sam McKinniss said on a recent afternoon in his Williamsburg. Brooklyn studio, which found him hungover, sipping a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, and surveying the wall of works that in a few months would be shipped to Venice, California, for his latest solo …

Lana Del Rey

Greta Gerwig’s 10 Favorite Books

<i>Bookseller</i> <i>One Grand Books</i> <i></i><i>has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture.</i> …

Entertainment

Emma Roberts Shares Her Favorite Books With Us!

Growing up, <b>Emma Roberts</b> had one wish: “To own all the books in the world.”<p>These days, the Belletrist book club founder, 26, is making swift progress. …

Books

Why the Fashion World Embraced Age Inclusivity in 2017

From the runways to magazine covers to red carpets, men and women of all ages were heralded for their style this year — but does this so-called …

Fashion

Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

I don't believe in ghosts, but sometimes when I walk through my house I think I hear the forlorn cries of all the books, movies and TV shows that I've loved over the past few months but never got around to talking about. And so, every December, I try to silence those cries with my annual "Ghost …

Music

10 Wise Quotes from Authors With December Birthdays - Signature Reads

There must be something about the optimism of early Spring that inspires a lot of babies to be born in December. While a winter birthday isn’t always a treat (just ask anyone who’s grown up receiving dual-purpose Christmas presents), the following authors have given back to the world in the form of …

Culture

The Fire This Time: Watching California Burn

Culture<p>The first fire began on Monday night, December 4, in the hills near Santa Paula, California. Jeff Crump, a soccer coach, was refereeing a game in downtown Oak View, about 17 miles away. At home that evening, his power went out; there was no Internet, no cell service. He stepped outside to …

California

These books command, not capture, your attention

The new Chris Ware book has sat beside my desk for weeks. It's been tough to miss. It's about a foot-and-a-half tall with a canary-yellow spine, and …

Entertainment

April Bloomfield Is in LA Now

From the Editor: There’s a lot going on.<p><i>This post originally appeared on December 9, 2017, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week.</i> <i>Read the archives</i> <i>and</i> <i>subscribe now</i><i>.</i><p>With everything going on in my life (did you know Vox …

Restaurants

The rise of selfie museums

Coming in January, you'll be able to buy tickets to the Museum of Selfies in Glendale. It's part of the trend this past year of "made-for-Instagram" …

Mona Lisa

The NP99: The best books of the year, vol. 2 (74-50)

<i>Looking back on the books published in 2017, we’ve compiled a list of 99 of the best, most-talked about – or quite simply our favourite – reads. Why</i> …

Books

A Fashion Show at an Iconic New York Bookstore

On Tuesday afternoon, Christelle Kocher, the young French designer behind Koché, was hiding out in the Erotica section of New York’s Strand …

Fashion

The Rebel Left Has Vanished—and Diversity of Thought Has Vanished With It

I occasionally despair of the loss of the 1960s rebellious left in American life. Many 60s writers refused a total allegiance to their politics. They …

Long-form Journalism

Rosamund Pike: 'I am drawn to courageous women'

There is a truly harrowing moment early on in her new film, <i>Hostiles</i> in which Rosamund Pike’s character, Rosalie Quaid, a frontierswoman out west, has …

Marie Curie

Moby Announces Trip-Hop-Inspired New Album 'Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt'

If anything, Moby is chameleonic. At 52, the New York-born, Los Angeles-based musician has spent the past few decades embracing everything from punk …

Nate Silver

Made In Chelsea 14.10: Biscuits Brings The Love Woe, James Is A Dog Foe, And Clemmie Is Our Hero!

Things To Do<p>Clemmie is a total class act in the face of Biscuits' total bullshit<p>I can’t resist starting this week's <i>Made In Chelsea</i>Made In Chelsea …

Theresa May

7 Books About New York, Best Read in the City

Shares 0<p><i>There are plenty of interesting books about New York,<br>waiting for you to read them.</i><p>There are some cities that you may visit so often in your …

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