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Nick Kolakowski | Posted 12.21.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

If you're an intellectual, you need a substantial book collection, preferably at a cost that will leave you with a few extra dollars for food. Here's how to build one.

What the Vidal/Mailer Feud Taught Us: When In Doubt, Laugh

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

He was neither the first nor last intellectual jailed for heretical writings, and in some respects he proved lucky: Governments and other powers have a longstanding habit of killing thinkers whose ideas threaten the status quo.

Gore Vidal (1925-2012): He Did It His Way (And Loved Every Minute)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Vidal had no self-doubt. He used his legendary intellect in the service of opinions that drew blood. Feuds thrilled him. And he never lost the swagger that comes from knowing that -- at least in his youth -- he was a stunner. Want a guided tour?

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Remembering Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut in Conversation

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.11.2012 | Books
Carole Mallory

Reading Susan Braudy's vivid remembrance of Joe Heller made me recall the time I had the opportunity to interview him in conversation with Kurt Vonnegut. Just how did I get this dynamic duo together for a chat with a tape recorder by my side?

Hard Print: John Barth on Fistfights, Riots and Shadow Boxing With Norman Mailer

John Hood | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
John Hood

Star-studded seminars aren't the only things Barth fondly recalls, nor are they even the most violent, playfully or otherwise. In fact, an episode at SUNY/Buffalo almost got our man mauled not by a literary lion -- but by the authorities.

PHOTOS: Legal Fight Over Norman Mailer's Apartment

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 12.19.2011 | New York

Norman Mailer's famed renovations to his Brooklyn Heights apartment are now the source of a legal complaint for new owner Wes Golby. According to ...

What Joan Rivers and Marcel Proust Doodled on Their Mail

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
Elana Estrin

Correspondence can speak volumes about the letter-writer. From idiosyncratic letterheads to sketches, stamps, cartoons and multiple-choice form letters, what do a letter's illustrations reveal?

How to Become the 51st State

Leon Friedman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Leon Friedman

Some southern California counties have begun an effort to break off from the rest of California and form a 51st state. How difficult will it be for this group to take such a step?

10 True Crime Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

Peter Manso | Posted 09.04.2011 | Books
Peter Manso

What is there to say about true-crime books? They're fun. They can be intellectually compelling, and, like the fictional variety from Hammett, Cain and that crowd, they're more often than not rooted in the far side of respectability or polite society.

A Sour Note at Carnegie Hall Few Heard, Coming From Above

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The Carnegie Studios made it possible for artists to live as true bohemians: to enjoy the freedom of being deliciously different and quirky. I suppose it was simply too good to last.

The Terrible Secret of Women's Memoirs: Kill the Cookie

Susie Bright | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books
Susie Bright

How does a woman, an American woman born in mid-century, write a memoir? The chutzpah and femmechismo needed to undertake the project go against the apron.

A Peek Inside Famous Writers’ Homes

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.05.2011 | Books

Last month, The New York Times ran a slideshow of Norman Mailer's Brooklyn Heights apartment, which will be up for sale shortly. This got us thinking ...

Norman Mailer's Possessions Could Be Yours

Posted 06.26.2011 | New York

Norman Mailer accumulated quite a few worldly objects during his 84 years of life. His possessions clutter his former Brooklyn Heights home, which ...

LOOK: Norman Mailer's Brooklyn Heights 'Jungle Gym At Sea' Now For Sale

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.15.2011 | New York

Norman Mailer's old apartment in Brooklyn Heights is now on sale, reports The New York Times. The "combative, controversial and often outspoken no...

Which Famous Authors Have (Or Had) The Hottest Spouse? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Artists obviously appreciate aesthetics, and it appears writers do as well. All of the following authors, from Norman Mailer to Salman Rushdie, have (...

Norman Mailer: The American

Joseph Mantegna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph Mantegna

I met Norman Mailer years ago in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at a small barbecue outside my friend's home. Over a feast of ribs and baked beans is not how I envisioned meeting this American icon.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Literary Fisticuffs! Flying Fists And Zinging Words: Nobody Fights Like An Angry Writer (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stereotypically, artists are stormy, temperamental, and moody. These literary figures feed the stereotype with their classic feuds. We asked readers...

Barbara Jean at Rest

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paula Gordon

Norris Church Mailer death was widely reported. Slow news week. Coverage was zip when her younger self -- Barbara Jean Davis -- fell victim to our con...

This Is Your Brain on Crosswords

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

"_____ comes but once a year. Var." Can you solve this devilish holiday-season crossword puzzle clue? Hint: The correct nine-letter answer starts with a "C" and ends with an "s" -- and it's not "Christmas".

A Sad Anniversary: John Lennon's Assassination

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

I was recently in Montreal at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where John and Yoko bedded down.

Elaine Kaufman Threw My Check Book in My Face and I Will Miss Her

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Elaine Kaufman, a hub for loneliness and networking, fueled forty years of fond memories. Her passing signifies the end of an era.

Monty Python's Terry Jones -- Renaissance Man

Carole Mallory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Whether taking on Chaucer, challenging Ireland's most doggedly held beliefs of the Middle Ages, or having a child out of wedlock with a woman more than half his age, Terry Jones is not afraid to take on the establishment.

Norris Church Mailer Dies

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — She was half the age of Norman Mailer when they met and their bond was as fast and fateful as a mortal's coupling with a god. Norris...