I read the jacket copy for the new Jonathan Lethem novel a little surprised, a little uncertain — it sounded like “Escape to Witch Mountain” crossed with “Ocean’s Eleven”: A professional international backgammon player with telepathic powers has a concerning blot on his face that is distracting him as he plays a game in which he cannot be distracted.Read more
In 1981, when Marina Abramović and her lover and collaborator Ulay first decided to walk the Great Wall of China, they planned to marry in the middle. They believed no one had ever walked the wall in its entirety, though before they did it a Chinese railway clerk officially became the first. Abramović would start from the east, Ulay from the west.Read more
From the looks of things, Carole Bayer Sager has led a charmed existence.
The veteran songwriter known for pop hits like Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For” and the Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” lives on a sprawling, lushly landscaped estate high in the hills of Bel-Air.
The walls of Sager’s home studio are crowded with gold and platinum plaques.Read more
Writer S.E. Hinton drew fire from readers on Twitter after she denied that two of the characters in her classic young adult novel "The Outsiders" were gay.
The flap started on Monday after Hinton responded to a tweet from a reader asking whether there were "any romantic feelings" between the characters Johnny and Dallas, two members of the Greasers gang.
"No. Where is the text backing this?"Read more
Fifteen years ago, I was a young music critic spending time in New York, discovering that a number of men in the industry wanted to have sex with me. I figured this out because they said things like “I want to have sex with you,” and offered up hotel rooms.Read more
If you buy Mark Haddon's new short story collection on Amazon, you’ll be missing out.
The bestselling author of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" has a new book, "The Pier Falls," that comes in two editions — a standard one, available for purchase at Amazon, and one featuring his illustrations, which can only be bought at brick-and-mortar bookstores.Read more