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The Fifth Heart: A New Sherlock Holmes Story

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

And if you're a Holmes fan, this book is probably a must in the canon. Dan Simmons delivers personal details about Holmes' upbringing you may not have read before. The author details Holmes' fascination with the new wonder drug from the Bayer company. No, not aspirin.

Impossible Dreams: Henry James and Philip Roth

David Galenson | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts
David Galenson

It seems that the examples of James and Dencombe were not enough to sustain Roth, who found the anxiety of writing such a burden that he experienced enormous relief when he announced his decision to retire as a novelist.

'Killer, Come Hither': A Conversation with Louis Begley

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Louis Begley has written 11 novels, the latest, Killer, Come Hither, features Jack Dana, a Marine infantry officer who was wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has become a writer, with his debut novel skyrocketing to bestselling status.

The Nation Celebrates 150th Anniversary With Oversize Issue Featuring Einstein, Chomsky, Steinbeck

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media

Drafted on July 8, 1865, and distributed to potential donors and subscribers, The Nation’s founding prospectus reads, “The week has been singularl...

The Inspiring Professor Who Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Today is International Women's Day and I have to pay tribute to the amazing woman who changed my life, setting me on the road to success as a writer.

Valentine's Day, Secret Love, and Edith Wharton

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women
Lev Raphael

Edith Wharton is not a writer you tend to think of on Valentine's day. Her marriage was unhappy and the affair she had in her forties was with a faithless cad (it was a secret until the 1970s).

The Secrets of Publishing Success

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Lev Raphael

When I started out, an author friend warned me that publishing was a crazy business, and he was right. Ever since my first book was published in 1990, I've been seeing news items about one scary trend or another.

Mark Twain's Ghost Won't Rest

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out For

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It's a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Our Favorite Ghost Stories

The New York Public Library | Posted 12.28.2014 | New York
The New York Public Library

There is nothing quite so fine as a tried and true ghost story -- one that sends shivers down the spine while you hide under the covers.

Helping Others Think: A Tribute to Edwin M. Yoder, Jr. at 80

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 09.17.2014 | Media
Joel K. Goldstein

All of these works have enriched my life, and invite rereading, and I commend them to those who have not yet experienced Ed's help in shaping their thinking and the enjoyment that inevitably comes from reading his work.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: A Challenge for 2014

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 03.03.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Give it a try. Make it a goal to write every day (or almost every day or at least on a regular basis) in 2014. Write when it's early, write when it's late, write during your lunch hour, or your train commute, write whenever it suits you.

Henry James on Late Bloomers

David Galenson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

Psychologists believe that creativity is only for the young. They are wrong. They don't understand experimental creativity. They might take a lesson from Henry James, who did.

The Rise of the New Book

Jeff Klima | Posted 11.27.2013 | Books
Jeff Klima

So desperate and hungry were people for accessible fiction that "speaks their language," they turned a bastardized Twilight f**kfest fan-fiction turnip into a pop culture phenomenon. Imagine how well something as sexy as a contemporary Tropic of Cancer or Lolita would do in this day and age?

ReThink Review: What Maisie Knew -- Divorce Through a Child's Eyes

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Divorce is common enough these days that people are familiar with what an ugly and painful process it can be, which probably explains why most people wouldn't rush to see a movie about it in their free time

Finding Out What Maisie Knew From the Adults Around Her

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Onata Aprile is at the center of the film as Maisie, in an almost eerily natural, watchful performance. She always seems to be in the camera's focus, while the marital squabbles and romantic entanglements explode in the background.

Movie Review: What Maisie Knew

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Adapted and extrapolated from Henry James' novel of the same name, What Maisie Knew is a film that puts the audience right in the title character's world -- and forces it to experience it the way she does.

PHOTOS: 7 Impossible But Awesome Romantic Author Pairings

John J. Healey | Posted 06.30.2013 | Books
John J. Healey

As someone whose heroes are almost exclusively literary, it is hard to describe the emotions I felt discovering the love affair that occurred in the summer and fall of 1851 between Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville.

Film Review, What Maisie Knew: Is the Kid All Right?

Erika Milvy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Entertainment
Erika Milvy

What does a six-year-old girl understand about the tumultuous life of grown-ups? The new film, What Maisie Knew, asks that question. The movie is a gut-churning domestic drama about a turbulent divorce and its collateral damage.

Chaim Potok's Asher Lev Still Lives

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Did I mention that he is a Hasidic Jew? Asher Lev makes Matisyahu look like beat-boxing was never meant for anything more racy than a bar mitzvah.

Ghosts

Tony Woodcock | Posted 03.30.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Woodcock

Why do we love terrifying ourselves? I am sure we've all experienced those spine-tingling moments as a child telling the most frightening stories late at night when parents are asleep.

The Joseph Epstein Cult

Francis Levy | Posted 12.06.2012 | Books
Francis Levy

Joseph Epstein's "The James cult" in the October 2012 The New Criterion is a terrific essay. He calls himself a Jacobite, a wonderful locution in and ...

Happiness Depending on Marriage? A Feminist Response to Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens in The Heiress

Carey Purcell | Posted 01.15.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

Jessica Chastain's ascent up the onstage staircase in the final scene of The Heiressis an inspiring moment in a play that is nothing but thought-provoking and timely -- unsettlingly so.

Stage Door: The Heiress, Ivanov, No Escape

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." The sentiment comes courtesy of The Godfather, but it applies to the moving Broadway revival of The Heiress at the Walter Kerr.

The Heiress Inherits a Natural Beauty

Zach Udko | Posted 01.06.2013 | Arts
Zach Udko

Asking an audience to believe that Chastain could stroll through Washington Square Park without attracting the eye of a single bachelor requires a highly active imagination.