| May 11, 2008
Where better for a writer to turn for inspiration than to reality? This is especially true of the mystery fiction micro-trend in which authors fashion real-life figures into detectives. It's tricky territory because the margin of error is so tiny. For...
| Jul 20, 2008
My Name Is Will
A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare
Twelve: 292 pp., $23.99
If all the books ever written about William Shakespeare were strung together, they would ring the Earth. Yet for all these many inspired analyses, ardent...
| Feb 3, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"A good writer can make you believe time stands still. Yet the end of all stories, even if the writer forbears to mention it, is death," wrote the English writer Angela Carter, who died 16 years ago this month. At the time Carter was...
| Jul 24, 2009
"This is a country of tall people," Dinh Luong frequently reminds his daughters, Van and Linny, the protagonists of Bich Minh Nguyen's first novel, "Short Girls," which follows her acclaimed memoir, "Stealing Buddha's Dinner." For the Luong family, height...
| Jul 28, 2009
A self-possessed individual graced with the good looks of a matinee idol -- large, bluish-gray eyes, a firm jaw line and fistfuls of brown, wavy hair -- actor Hugh Dancy seemed, at first glance, completely wrong for the lead in Fox Searchlight's...
| Mar 22, 2009
For someone in the midst of a professional crisis, Susan Sarandon is the picture of calm as she sips tea in a private Greenwich Village club. A head of curls is tucked under a newsboy cap, and her delicate porcelain features are remarkably ageless. You...