| Jun 21, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Kingsley Tufts smoked a pipe and wrote poetry about martinis. His widow sold their house to establish a $100,000 poetry award in his name....
| Mar 19, 2011
| 4:33 PM
In Sundays pages, we review short story collections by E.L. Doctorow and Colm Toibin, a biography of Lee Krasner, a new anthology of writing about boxing and more....
| Mar 25, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Reading Mildred Pierce, book critic David L. Ulin says, proves James M. Cain was not a great hard-boiled novelist but a great novelist period....
| May 31, 2011
| 4:33 AM
Since March, when I examined Louis Adamic’s “The Truth About Los Angeles,” I have been hunting the other pamphlets he wrote for E. Haldeman-Julius. A box of a dozen musty tracts arrived Friday, courtesy of EBay, and I immediately dug.......
| Sep 7, 2010
| 4:33 AM
came across this article from the February 1928 issue of âThe American Mercuryâ while researching the 1910 bombing of The Times. Itâs a bit difficult to determine from ProQuest precisely when Louis Sherwin [Hugo Louis Sherwin Golitz] worked for...
| Sep 30, 2010
| 7:14 PM
Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 5:02 PM
At the Fights
American Writers on Boxing
Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian
Library of America: 517 pp., $35
Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
| Dec 19, 2010
The Complete Series
2 volume, boxed set
Library of America, $70
There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour...
| Jun 26, 2011
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
John A. Farrell
Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50
For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
| Dec 14, 2011
P.J. O'Rourke has written so many books of humor that no one is quite sure how many. I have it on good authority that it's 15, but since I finished writing this sentence, he may have written yet another. That's how fast he is.
I've enjoyed O'Rourke's...
| Jul 2, 2008
SOUTHERN fried chicken, coleslaw, biscuits and ham, brownies -- it's the iconic July 4th picnic, so popular (once upon a time) that it became a cliché of the culture, pictured in classic cartoons, nostalgic children's books -- and, of course, in ads for...