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The Joan Didion Documentary Kickstarter Raised $80K in 1 Day [Updated]

As of today, Joan Didion can cross “crowd-funding” off her bucket list. The laconic 79-year-old essayist — who vivisected the ’60s, became half of a Hollywood power couple, and more recently wrote two best-sellers about losing her husband and daughter suddenly — will be the subject of a documentary titled … More »

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Borges in Love Wasn’t Pretty

The Argentinian literary genius married at the age of 68. It was not a wise move, but then Borges was never known for wise moves except when writing.

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Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline

Once one of the nation’s best cultural critics, West has ditched his intellectual chops and embraced the role of public personality recycling the same sound bites.

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Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

A new biography of Abraham Lincoln shows that he spent his life asking himself what the Founding Fathers would do and then enlarging his vision accordingly.

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How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

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Stop Calling Me Cormac!

Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

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The Game of Thrones Costume Department Is Trolling George R.R. Martin

There’s an apocryphal story in Game of Thrones fandom that goes like this: Around 1997, author George R.R. Martin saw Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, and, like many other people, hated it. Martin’s ire was particularly drawn to George Clooney’s infamous bat-nipples, and he began looking for a way to … More »

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See the Latest Installment of Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Just in time for his new book, Marcel the Shell is back in his third installment. Come for his thoughts on shrimp (“the idiots of the sea”) and stay to see what happens when he sneezes. It’s completely adorable. … More »

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Rich People Want You to Work for Free

Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.

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Mark Frost Is Writing a Twin Peaks Book

As you may have heard, that gum you like is going to come back in style (read: Twin Peaks is returning to TV). And, to prepare fans for the return of the cult-hit 25 years after it first debuted, David Lynch’s co-creator Mark Frost plans to release a novel titled … More »

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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we’re still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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Given How the Story Plays Out, This News of a Marley & Me TV Pilot Is Odd

Undeterred by the failure of Animal Practice, NBC is banking once more on the American public’s obvious love for adorable animals, giving a put pilot commitment to a TV adaptation of Marley & Me. Or, seeing as the network also ordered another IT Crowd remake, maybe it’s just getting in … More »

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There’s Going to Be a Marley & Me TV Show

Undeterred by the failure of Animal Practice, NBC is banking once more on the American public’s obvious love for adorable animals, giving a put pilot commitment to a TV adaptation of Marley & Me. Or, seeing as the network also ordered another IT Crowd remake, maybe it’s just getting in … More »

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Camus in the Time of Ebola

The author of one of the best books ever written about a plague, Albert Camus has a lot to teach us today about how to approach this faceless, inexplicable evil.

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John Grisham Sorry for Kid-Porn Comment

Said not all watchers are pedophiles.

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Reading Your Way Out of Grief

After her 12-year-old son died, author Anna Whiston-Smith discovered a small but potent shelf of books whose wisdom and shared experience helped her heal.

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John Grisham Defends Child-Porn Convicts

Not all watchers are pedophiles.

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Tavis Smiley on MLK’s Last Year

In the year before an assassin’s bullet ended his life, Martin Luther King suffered from depression and insomnia as his leadership waned and his power ebbed.

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