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  • Dining on foodie books from Colman Andrews, Luke Barr, Allen Salkin

    Dining on foodie books from Colman Andrews, Luke Barr, Allen Salkin
    It's hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we've already seen the full cycle of colonial development: discovery, exploration, exploitation.
  • Angelina Jolie breaks the curse of 'Unbroken'

     Angelina Jolie breaks the curse of 'Unbroken'
    OXENFORD, Australia — Angelina Jolie was ready to step behind the cameras again. Her directing debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," hadn't been a box-office or critical hit, but making the 2011 Bosnian war drama had fueled her desire to become a...

    Alex Chilton's reckless abandon in life and music

    Alex Chilton's reckless abandon in life and music
    Most musicians would trade their soul for a No. 1 record and go on to carry that success like a trophy. So it's a measure of the late Alex Chilton's craft and personality that he's less defined by "The Letter," the 1967 guitar-pop gem by his band the...

    'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography

     'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography
    Almost every great movie doubles as an allegory for its own creation. Think of Francis Ford Coppola going up the river and around the bend to make "Apocalypse Now." Or Dalton Trumbo having Kirk Douglas shout "I am Spartacus!" to reclaim his identity...

    Getting to the long and short of Lydia Davis in 'Can't and Won't'

    Getting to the long and short of Lydia Davis in 'Can't and Won't'
    "A fire does not need to be called warm or red," Lydia Davis writes late in her sixth collection of short stories, "Can't and Won't." "Remove many more adjectives." Such a line can be read as both an observation and an artist statement, a writer's call to...