| Mar 12, 2013
| 12:45 PM
The Moleskine notebook is a ubiquitous tool of the trade in writing and art circles. I’ve purchased a few dozen over the last few years. From the little tiny ones that are not much bigger than a credit card and fit in my shirt pocket; to the big...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 7:37 PM
When Barnaby Conrad was nearly killed in a 1958 bullfight, his celebrity pals were buzzing about it at Sardi's in New York.
"Did you hear about poor Barnaby?" Eva Gabor asked Noel Coward in her thick Hungarian accent. "He was terribly gored in Spain."...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Ben Affleck's "Argo," a drama about the Iranian hostage crisis, won the highest acting honor Sunday night at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The CIA thriller, which won best ensemble cast, also won the directing honor at the Golden Globe Awards two...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 1:39 PM
There's still time to read Twitter's first-ever Fiction Festival in real time; it began Wednesday afternoon and will continue around the clock until Sunday. It's the company's first official effort to organize and present a creative event that uses the...
| Nov 18, 2012
HAVANA — "It's been 51 years since the event you Americans call the Bay of Pigs, but now Playa Girón is a popular beach destination for foreigners," the guide tells me. It is hard to imagine that the words "Bay of Pigs" could do anything but fill...
| Jul 29, 2012
The Twenty-Year Death
Ariel S. Winter
Hard Case Crime: 672 pp., $25.99
Noir is, first and foremost, style. It's like kabuki, or, more to the point, the blues — a folk art defined by its...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Quotes by authors are brought to life in a witty poster series by artist Evan Robertson, currently for sale on Etsy....
| Jul 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Ernest Hemingway's childhood home, in Oak Park Illinois, just sold for $525,000....
| Jun 7, 2012
| 4:39 PM
"A Star Is Born," "Nothing Sacred," "A Farewell to Arms" and "Bird of Paradise" are part of Kino Classics' collection of David O. Selznick-produced films. They're Kenneth Turan's DVD picks of the week....
| May 29, 2012
| 4:36 PM
What did you miss this weekend? A so-so biopic, a pending birth, a death, and a critic weighing in, philosophically....