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The Real Johnny Ola: Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo

Meyer Lansky II | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Meyer Lansky II

Carole Cortland Russo, Jimmy and Flo Alo's niece who was raised by the couple, is finishing a biography about her uncle. Carole was Jimmy's constant companion in his later years, and cared for him until the end of his life.

Recovering Truth, Confronting Trauma: A Book Review of Paper Love

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Paper Love, the debut book of journalist Sarah Wildman, unearths the story of Valy Sheftel, the woman left behind by Wildman's grandfather Karl when he fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938.

Spill The Blood -- Book Review: Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years by D.X. Ferris

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

This book is an historical offering to the metal gods and it will grow in importance as the genre evolves, and mutates into something totally new.

How to Write the Pope's Biography

Matt Weber | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion
Matt Weber

Listen to Elisabetta Piqué discuss her process and experience in writing Pope Francis's biography, Pope Francis: Life and Revolution: A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio.

Jack Fry's Triumphant Einstein! Premieres in Hollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Shifting from autobiography to biography, Fry breathes fresh life into one of history's greatest minds (much like Val Kilmer's brilliant channeling of Mark Twain) with the funny, touching, and intimate, Einstein! at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre Fridays and Saturdays through November 22.

Brynn Duncan Is Allergic to the World -- And She's Still Managing to Make It A Better Place

Abby Norman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

At just 20-years-old, Brynn has several serious chronic health conditions, one of which requires her to be one of the only people in the world to have a 24/7 Benadryl intravenous drip. But even though I've never met Brynn in real life, from miles and miles away I can feel the warmth, brilliance and hope that she is giving the world.

Vampira: Tracing the Life of a Forgotten Legend

W. Scott Poole | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
W. Scott Poole

She made a monster, a sexy, daring, subversive monster called Vampira that, beginning with a short-lived local TV show in 1954, transformed American culture.

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

Why Deborah Solomon's Norman Rockwell Biography Is (Still) A Disaster

Abigail Rockwell | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Abigail Rockwell

Deborah Solomon's biography is one of the biggest non-fiction literary snow jobs in the last 50 years -- it makes the James Frey memoir debacle look like child's play.

Henry Miller on War

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Arthur Hoyle

War is much in the news these days, to the great distress of the world. There is not a continent on Earth on which some form of violence is expressing our species capacity for hatred and cruelty. What did Henry Miller think of war and how it could be avoided?

How to Write a Professional Bio for Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook & Google+

Courtney Seiter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Technology
Courtney Seiter

In this post, we'll go over the universal principles of a great social media bio -- regardless of the network. We'll also take a look at the big social media networks -- Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ -- and discover how to make the most of the bio space provided by each.

Henry Miller, Watercolorist

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
Arthur Hoyle

Henry Miller was one of those rare artists, like the English Romantic poet William Blake, to have achieved mastery in two media: language and paint.

Henry Miller's Men: The Twelve Apostles

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Arthur Hoyle

In Big Sur, Emil White helped Henry Miller with his extensive correspondence and the daily chores of survival. In return, Miller encouraged Emil to become a painter, which he did, producing works of startling beauty executed in a detailed primitive style. Emil remained in Big Sur for the rest of his life and bequeathed his home on Highway One to become the Henry Miller Memorial Library.

Henry Miller's Women, Part Two: Orgasm

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 08.24.2014 | Books
Arthur Hoyle

Although Henry Miller recognized that June was mentally unstable, perhaps even psychotic, he was fascinated by her ability to survive on illusions and surrendered his will and his reason to her fantasies.

Meet Ali Ghahremani - An American Dream Story

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 08.11.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Now he was facing the challenge of his lifetime -- new house, new child, very limited resources and a brand new business. Failure was not an option.

Henry Miller's Women, Part One: Foreplay

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Books
Arthur Hoyle

As is the case with many men, any discussion of Henry Miller's relationship with women, both in his life and in his work, must begin with his mother. Henry's relationship with Louise Miller shaped his character and his sensibility as a writer.

The Astrological Henry Miller

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Arthur Hoyle

Henry Miller was a devotee of astrology. He employed astrological imagery in his writing for expressive purposes, and he relied on astrology when faced with important decisions in his personal life.

Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

Kate Kelly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Kate Kelly

In piecing together these letters and journals as well as working with additional source material, author Eve LaPlante discovered that Louisa's mother, Abigail, was not the self-effacing background player as described in other accounts of the family.

Remember Henry Miller? Censored Then, Forgotten Now

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Arthur Hoyle

Although he enjoyed a brief period of celebrity and notoriety in the 1960s and 1970s after his banned books were finally published in the US, today, more than thirty years after his death, Henry Miller remains a marginalized and largely forgotten American writer.

Holy Terror 2.0: Bob Colacello on Andy Warhol, Bob Colacello, and the Re-Issue of a Classic

Christian Josi | Posted 06.22.2014 | Books
Christian Josi

The press release that recently came across my desk for the re-issue of my friend Bob Colacello's iconic, must-read memoir of his time alongside Andy ...

This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

Cesar Chavez

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Dwight Brown

Few movies can be billed as "important" or "historic" before they are even released. But this bio-film about the life and times of labor rights activist and organizer Cesar Chavez deserves those accolades. He is an iconic American hero who walked in sync with Gandhi.

Interview With Author of Gay Star Leslie Cheung's Biography

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

"Many young gay men today accuse him of timidity, but I think that is totally unfair. For his day, he was the bravest man in Hong Kong's entertainment world."

On Deborah Solomon's Norman Rockwell

Patrick Toner | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Patrick Toner

American Mirror, Deborah Solomon's new biography of Norman Rockwell, has become controversial. But what is the controversy about? Simple. Solomon has presented a dishonest picture of Rockwell's life.