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Gregg Hurwitz is full of thrilling, erudite contradictions

Gregg Hurwitz is a study in literary contradictions. He was finishing his debut thriller, "The Tower," while psychoanalyzing Iago for his master's degree at Oxford. When he sold the manuscript, he was writing theater and opera reviews for the Palo Alto Weekly while also dubbing Japanese anime cartoons....

  • Indie icon Carrie Brownstein's new memoir is a mash note to her band Sleater-Kinney

    Indie icon Carrie Brownstein's new memoir is a mash note to her band Sleater-Kinney

    There's a clichéd arc to rock memoirs: the ambitious young man (almost always a man), the climb up the charts, the blinding success, the sex and drugs, then the crash and burn. Thankfully, that's absent from the new book "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" by Carrie Brownstein, guitarist and vocalist...

  • A shout-out to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a.k.a. 'Notorious RBG'

    A shout-out to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a.k.a. 'Notorious RBG'

    When Shana Knizhnik was in law school in summer 2013, she decided to create a blog dedicated to one of their inspirations: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, 82, had been known as the Supreme Court's liberal leader and feminist pioneer — and thanks to Knizhnik and an eager audience of young feminists...

  • Eileen Myles talks about having a retrospective moment

    Eileen Myles talks about having a retrospective moment

    I’ve known the poet Eileen Myles since the 1990s, when I first moved to New York, and I remember seeing her walking her pitbull Rosie around the East Village. She had these beautiful arms and David Cassidy hair and the sort of swagger so many of the gay boys I knew wished we had. We all had crushes...

  • Writer Gary Indiana on his new memoir, Susan Sontag and why he hates the '80s

    Writer Gary Indiana on his new memoir, Susan Sontag and why he hates the '80s

    At 65, writer, filmmaker, visual artist, actor and playwright Gary Indiana has had an unusual career, no matter what medium he was working in. Originally from Derry, N.H., Indiana landed in San Francisco in the summer of 1969. He briefly studied at UC Berkeley but dropped out to help a friend make...

  • Sloane Crosley reveals the literary bad man who inspired her first novel

    Sloane Crosley reveals the literary bad man who inspired her first novel

    Sloane Crosley is known for her essay collections "How Did You Get This Number?" and "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," lauded for their wit and irreverence. The same qualities characterize her debut novel, "The Clasp" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 384 pp., $26). It follows three college friends: Victor,...

  • Why Erica Jong decided to take on mortality in 'Fear of Dying'

    Why Erica Jong decided to take on mortality in 'Fear of Dying'

    More than four decades have passed since Isadora Wing fantasized in "Fear of Flying" about zipless adventures, spotlighting women's sexuality and helping to further the sexual revolution. And her prolific creator — novelist, poet and feminist Erica Jong — has other things on her mind these days,...

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