You can read it. You can decorate with it. You can use it to prop open a door. A multitasking coffee-table book is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And they’re easy to wrap, too! Here are a few of our favorites from 2013. Read More
New Journalism is now Old Journalism, or at least Established Journalism (or maybe it’s morphed into New New Journalism? Who can keep track) and its only taken fifty or so years for the movement’s Grand Poobah, Tom Wolfe, to have his papers acquired by The New York Public Library.
You’ll need something to read while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook. Read More
Scott Lipps has been a busy man. Not only has the founder of One Management spent the last year representing models such as Petra Němcová, Poppy Delevingne, Bar Refaeli, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer, but he has also expanded his music division and gone on tour with Courtney Love’s band, during which time he played in Europe to an audience of 60,000. That’s in addition to his regular vacations to exotic locales like St. Bart’s, the class he took in soufflé making, his weekly Interview magazine blog and, oh yes, his new book, Poplipps: Plus One, which hit shelves this week.
Human dream catcher Brit Morin is attempting to move beyond a website full of stolen Pinterest ideas into the realm of publishing. In fact, Ms. Morin is shopping a book called HOMEMAKERS: A Modern Guide to Creative Living in the Digital Age, and a tipster sent Betabeat the proposal, embedded below.
On July 14, a day usually associated with the imminent demise of the French monarchy, one section of the Chicago Sun-Times will see an overthrow of its own. The paper, which recently laid off its entire photo staff (a move that resulted in a hilarious Tumblr that shows the crappy photos the Windy City tabloid Read More
Richard Matheson wasn’t mad when George Romero took him out to lunch after the release of 1968′s Night of the Living Dead and told the author he had straight-up stole his story, I Am Legend, for the plot of his zombie classic. Mr. Matheson, born and raised in Brooklyn (he graduated Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943), passed away at age 87 on Sunday; a science fiction writer who was most famous for his 1956 book The Shrinking Man despite a prolific sci-fi, horror and fantasy career. In addition to I Am Legend, he wrote the novel What Dreams May Come, co-wrote the screenplay for Stephen King’s first cinematic foray, Duel (Matheson was tapped by Spielberg himself), and is responsible for the famous William Shatner Twilight Zone episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”
According to a 2007 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Matheson recalled the incident with Romero no hard feelings:
A Case of Redemption
By Adam Mitzner
(Gallery Books, 336 pp., $26)
Adam Mitzner is a lawyer by day and a writer of legal thrillers by night—no small feat. A Case of Redemption, Mr. Mitzner’s second novel in just two years (the first was A Conflict of Interest), follows the path of Dan Read More
The City of New York has finally agreed to pay Occupy Wall Street for the property destroyed in the Zuccotti Park police raid on Nov. 15, 2011.
OWS initiated a suit on May 24, 2012, seeking compensation for the destruction of their People’s Library—a collection of over 5,000 donated books. About 3,600 of these were Read More
A few weeks back, the author George Saunders, who is blond, with the shaggy beard of someone who has better things to think about than his appearance, was sitting in a Murray Hill hotel with The Observer, playing Jishaku, a Japanese strategy game involving magnets. Several rounds in, he abruptly announced that he would have to stop playing. He was “too competitive,” he said, and couldn’t “concentrate on winning and talking” at the same time.
Putting down his magnets, he launched into an explanation of his parodic use of idiomatic language in his fiction.
The concept had gestated during his years as a geophysical engineer and technical writer for Radian International, an environmental engineering company. There was a lot of on-the-job jargon.
“I got the idea that technical language isn’t necessarily nonpoetic language,” said Mr. Saunders, 54, whose sixth book, the story collection Tenth of December, came out last week from Random House. Eventually, he left Radian to pursue an M.A. in creative writing at Syracuse University. “I’d understand it,” he said of his Radian-speak (though he could have also been telling of his fiction), “but to the outside world it would sound like this nonsense language.”