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The August Day Mark Twain Met Donald Trump

Michael Winship | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

How I spent my summer vacation -- part of it, at least. One weekend in August, my girlfriend Pat and I went upstate to visit my sister, also named Patricia, and while there took a field trip to Elmira, New York

'Downton Abbey' Creator: 'People Pray for My Characters'

Alain Elkann | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

I think we are trying to create a world in itself, a kind of universe. We want people to become involved with that world, and they do it in their relationships with these fictional characters. And sometimes their relationship can be surprisingly powerful, almost alarming. People pray for my characters.

Giving Edith Wharton's Jew a Makeover

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

I suppose I could have forgotten The House of Mirth and just shrugged her off as another WASP writer stewing in her class prejudices. But I enjoyed Wharton's work too much, had written about it and even taught her fiction over the years. And The House of Mirth is just too powerful a book to ignore.

Rebuilding The House of Mirth: A Blog for Edith Wharton's Birthday

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I understood that the authors were products of their society and a western culture that was ingrained with Jew-hatred, but it still pushed me out of the book the way a plot implausibility can make you lose faith in a movie.

Fellowes Is Going Pre-'Downton' For NBC

Posted 11.27.2012 | TV

Julian Fellowes is bringing his "Downton Abbey" success to NBC. Fresh on the heels of "Downton Abbey" getting a fourth season order, NBC has annou...

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Lesser Figures Of The Enlightenment | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.30.2012 | Comedy

(Illustrated by Christoph Hitz) This story originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Culture Wars Couples | Gregory Beyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

(Illustrations by Christoph Hitz) This originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Happy 150th Birthday, Edith Wharton!

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.23.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

January 24 is her 150th birthday, and I don't know how Wharton would have felt about my novel, but for me, it's been one of the most exhilarating collaborations of my career.

Do You Still Read Fiction?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Philip Roth has written two dozen novels, yet fiction has lost its appeal for him personally. When asked why, he said he didn't know, and only offered a smart-aleck response: "I wised up."

What Work Could Gilded Age Women Do?

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.14.2011 | Women
Lev Raphael

Remember Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth? Remember how faded socialite Lily Bart drops down the social ladder, from unpaid secretary for her wealt...

Painting A Gilded Age: Artist Rachel Kaye

Kimberly Brooks | Posted 04.26.2012 | Home
Kimberly Brooks

We are fresh from the loud popping noise of yet another bubble. I recently discovered the works of artist Rachel Kaye in Miami this December, as the crash had started to sink in.