An oral history of an iconic band.
Did Joseph Heller Base "Catch-22"'s John Yossarian on Julius Fish?
Patti Smith continues to help artists, now on a somewhat larger scale; in 2017 she bought the reconstructed chateau of her great inspiration, the poet Rimbaud, on the Franco-Belgian border.
In the United States, the story of beef and hierarchy really takes shape with the rise of the porterhouse steak.
How a run-down Hollywood hotel achieved legend status.
Electability isn't a static social fact; it's a social fact we’re constructing. Part of what will make someone unelectable is people give up on them in a way that would be premature, rather than going to the mat for them
Huxley truly stood at the vanguard of an emerging psychopharmacological revolution which would soon begin to explore how human minds can be controlled by psychoactive chemicals contained in simple pills.
In researching the history of curveballs at the Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, I was struck by how many people claimed to be the inventor.
History flickers in and out of darkness, no matter the era.
For five years I worked on a novel set in a fictional town in northwestern Russia called Berlozhniki. I live in Los Angeles, a block from Melrose Avenue.
Baconians, Oxfordians, Marlovians, Derbyites, Rutlanders, Groupists. Oh my.
Americans see hoaxes and plots everywhere. But why? Is the constant stream of conspiracy theories a side effect of social media? Are conspiracy theories a product of the increasing polarization of politics? Or have they always been around and for some reason we just notice them more now?
"My friend recommended this as a great read and it was so awful, depressing and boring that I told her I'm rethinking my friendship with her."
Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," or "The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death," turns 50 this week.
Unwrapping the most beautiful Gutenberg of them all.
In this fraught season of division, of incivility and outrage, much has been written about what is wrong with rural America, as if there is only sickness to be found there, as if the simplicity of diagnosis, rather than the complexity of conversation, is what is necessary.
When the earthquake begins the ripple will continue to move down the fault, radiating energy from each spot it crosses, creating an earthquake that lasts for a minute or more and a magnitude that grows to 7 or even 8. So we wait for that big earthquake. And wait.
On studying — and coping with — tinnitus.
What is lost for us with the suburban development of the landscape? The answer is many things — beauty, refuge, relief from the city. I wonder, too, if social position doesn't also play a role here, even for this more modest class.
Doctor Sunita Puri recalls her first days in palliative care.