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Movie Review: In Secret

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Charlie Stratton's In Secret is based on Emile Zola's Therese Raquin -- but were it set in a different time period, it could have been a film noir like Double Indemnity or The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Emile Zola, Poet of the Human Condition

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It would be impractical to name them all, given their number, but they form a chain that, for a century, except for the war years, has never been broken. Should I speak of the Dreyfus Affair, then? Of truth on the march? Of Zola, the first intellectual?

Je Refuse

Francis Levy | Posted 11.18.2013 | Comedy
Francis Levy

There was Zola's famous defense of Dreyfus, J'accuse, but now a new screed threatens to be the epitaph of an era, Je Refuse. Passed around the way ban...

Arundhati Roy, India's Conscience?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

Where art thou, Arundhati Roy? The silence of India's only winner of the Booker Prize is deafening after the country's Maoists, whom she strongly supports, massacred a number of senior politicians recently.

Apricot: Last Chance to View Camille at The Met

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays how master painters (mavericks in their day) created magical gardens -- and gowns -- using relationships between light and dark color.

5 Unsolved Literary Mysteries

Posted 05.23.2013 | Books

Taken from The Things That Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything ($14.95, Atlantic Books, distributed in the U.S. by Trafal...

Thwarted Romances Are a Literary Staple

Dave Astor | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Among literature's most popular plot devices are the obstructions authors put on the road of love. It's hard not to get engrossed when two characters are thwarted from finding happiness with each other.

Food for (Literary) Thought on Julia Child's Birthday

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

With Aug. 15 being the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth, I figured a post about food in novels might be appropriate.

Author! Author! (As Writer and Character)

Dave Astor | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Authors often write what they know, so it's no surprise that many fictional characters are authors themselves.

Tunisian Media Aren't Quite Free Yet

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Tunisian reformers, activists, bloggers, journalists and others who suffered under Ben Ali are eager to see radical changes in record time, which may not be realistic, as the dust has yet to settle on their country's revolution.

Close and Not-So-Close Encounters With Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.

Many Famous Authors Started With 'Novel 101'

Dave Astor | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Creating a novel is tough. Until you get the hang of it, it can be hard to do the Proustian thing.

Serious Novelists Are Sometimes Surprisingly Funny

Dave Astor | Posted 03.06.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is an epic tragedy that leaves readers shocked and awed. But, along the way, there are some delightfully funny interludes -- most notably the pre-voyage scene in which Ishmael and Queequeg end up in the same bedroom.

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

Summertime Book Blues

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I used to put books aside especially for the summer, knowing I'd have more time and feel more relaxed, less stressed, more open to the long loving voyage with an accomplished author at the helm.

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.

Frustration-Filled Vacations Can Be Fun (in Retrospect)

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Dave Astor

It goes without saying that the most snafu-riddled trips can be the most memorable ones. Actually, I just said it, but it's true.

Rather Read About Shopping Than Do It Today?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's Black Friday and time to go on a literary shopping spree, not the way James Franco went on a spree buying up film rights to books, but learning f...

Paris: A Moveable Feast That Haunts

Richard C. Morais | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard C. Morais

For some reason I am aching for Paris. Perhaps because my novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, is launched tomorrow, and a good portion of the book takes ...

Stage Door: Thérèse Raquin

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fern Siegel

Thanks to Jim Petosa's sharp direction, this thoughtful production successfully captures the hallucinatory world of guilt.

Jules Verne's Kip Brothers Translated into English after 100 Years

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The book, a crime drama, celebrates the fraternal bonds of brotherhood, written shortly after the death of Verne's brother and best friend, a French sailor.

"J'Accuse!": This Administration's Crony Bailout Bonanza for Wall Street

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The government, under Mr. Paulson's fine hand, was paying twice as much as needed to be paid when compared to the sums Warren Buffett negotiated for a similar investment in Goldman Sachs.

Absinthe No Longer Absent From American Bars

The New York Times | Jonathan Miles | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"Absinthe?" a diner said last week, scanning the cocktail menu at Amalia, a pan-Mediterranean restaurant that opened in February, tucked beside the Dr...