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Articles from May-June

50 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time. (the Adventure Issue)
WHAT MAKES A GREAT ADVENTURE BOOK? Need there be pirates? Long walks through icy arctic landscapes? Grueling desert sojourns? A great white whale? Battles against the elements? One thing's certain: The Hours doesn't qualify. We assembled some of the...
Adventure Writing. (Epilogue)
DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON WROTE that every man thinks more meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, and I must class myself with Dr. Johnson's unfortunates. The sine qua non of adventure is danger, and I do not believe I have ever been in a dangerous...
Art of Darkness: Joseph Conrad Went to Africa in Search of Adventure. What He Found Ruined His Body but Made His Career
WHY WOULD A SEASONED CAPTAIN in the British merchant marine go to Africa to pilot a riverboat in the service of the king of Belgium? The idea may have occurred to Joseph Conrad during a Thames cruise aboard the yacht Nellie, a trip arranged by his...
Bangkok? Book It: Conrad Stayed Here; Maugham, Mishima and Michener Weren't Far Behind. Welcome to Asia's Most Literary Hotel. (Locations)
IT WAS THE COOL SEASON IN JANUARY 1888 when a steamship from Singapore bearing the name Melita plowed up the Chao Phraya River--the River of Kings--and into Thailand's capital, Bangkok. The vessel moored next to the Oriental, a new hotel on the riverside,...
Being There: Nothing Brings a Book to Life like Visiting Its Actual Setting. (Group Dynamics)
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A GOOD book to help you draw a mental picture of a far-off, fascinating place you've never been to or seen. On the other hand, there's also nothing like visiting that fascinating place to make you better understand the literature...
Black Market, Baby: Fast Food Nation's Eric Schlosser Rakes a Little More Muck. (Q & A)
NO RECENT BOOK HAS MADE Americans think about what to eat (or not to eat) as much as Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser's 2001 expose of the fast food industry. In his new book, Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market,...
Flash Backs
[1909] BOY WONDER When a Buenos Aires newspaper published a Spanish-language translation of Oscar Wilde's story "The Happy Prince" that bore the byline Jorge Borges, the suburban neighbors of a lawyer by that name assumed he was the translator....
Heard in Hollywood. (in the Margin)
COMING SOON RELEASE DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE The Dancer Upstairs BASED ON Nicholas Shakespeare's novel STARRING Javier Bardem RELEASE April Seabiscuit BASED ON Laura Hillenbrand's nonfiction account of the 1930s racehorse STARRING Tobey Maguire,...
I Want My ZTV: Zadie Smith Loves the New Miniseries Based on Her Hit Novel White Teeth, Coming to PBS This May. "It Would Have Been a Disaster as a Cinema Movie," She Says. (in the Margin)
ZADIE SMITH IS THE WELL-EDUCATED, well-spoken, award-winning author of 2000's smash hit White Teeth, the. woman whom Esquire magazine's U.K. edition once named its thirteenth-most-eligible bachelorette, and she currently holds a prestigious fellowship...
Oprah's Book Club Past, Present & Future. (in the Margin)
"I believe that reading is too important an activity to be governed exclusively by critical opinions of the moment or by fashion." --Oprah Winfrey, February 26, 2003 WITH THOSE WORDS, WINFREY, the creator of a phenomenal book club that in its...
Out of the Pages, onto the Walls: Three New Museums Give an Art Form Its Due. (Drawing Rooms)
FEW ARTWORKS TOUCH US MORE DEEPLY than those we encounter as children, in the vibrantly illustrated pages of such books as Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon. Yet the fine-art world has generally cast a cold eye on so-called kiddie-book illustration--notwithstanding...
Picture Book Adventure Classics. (Never Too Soon)
RULE NO. 1 FOR A CHILDREN'S ADVENture story: Get the parents out of the way. (For toddlers and preschoolers, an outing constitutes an adventure as long as the main character is on his own, but with a parent around when needed.) In the superb picture...
Private Lies: Why Real-Life P.I.S Think Mystery Writers Bend the Truth. (Crimetime)
SKIPP PORTEOUS, SHERLOCK INVESTIGATIONS, NEW YORK, NY LOVES: Alexander McCall Smith "The cases in the book were the kind of cases most P.I.s do: Matrimonial cases, cheating spouses, mistaken identities. That's the real world of most P.I.s." HATES:...
Sebastian Junger: The War Reporter, Author and New York Barkeep Shows Us His Souvenir-Strewn Lower East Side Office-But First He's Gotta Take This Call. (Workspace)
1 MAP OF AFGHANISTAN Junger traveled there after 9/11 as a war correspondent for ABC News. Not long after this photograph was taken, he left For Iraq on assignment for Vanity Fair. 2 PHOTO OF ELLIS SETTLE Settle, the late uncle of one of Junger's...
Summer's New Wave: When You Reach the Final Page of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Don't Despair: There's a Tidal Wave of Other Noteworthy Books Coming out This Summer. Keep Cool with These 47 Picks
FICTION That master chronicler of New York's sexually indiscreet bourgeoisie, Candace Bushnell, plays to her strengths in Trading Up (July). This time, the Sex and the City author portrays the shopping and dating habits of one Janey Wilcox, an upwardly...
The Dangerous Lives of Fiction Writers. (the Adventure Issue)
You don't have to live an adventurous life to write a great novel. But for many authors, it sure helps. Some use their life stories as fodder for their fiction; others just get inspired by the dangers they've survived. These great authors boast resumes...
The Women's Perspective: Get out of the Way, Guys: Women Are Bringing Their Own Outlook to the Traditionally Male Territory of Adventure Writing. (the Adventure Issue)
FOURTEEN YEARS AGO, GWENDOLEN GROSS, then a twenty-year-old budding biologist, was in a remote corner of Australia studying the daytime behaviors of spectacled fruit bats. Though she spent most nights at a house with a troop of other students, from...
The Woolf Pack: Michael Cunningham's the Hours Put the Spotlight on One Virginia Woolf Novel, but Don't Overlook the Others
THESE DAYS, IT SEEMS, THE ANSWER to Edward Albee's question is: No one--no one's afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her fourth novel, Mrs. Dalloway, is being snapped up by more readers than at any time since it was published three-quarters of a century ago....
Tough Enough: Since the 1950s, Some of the Best-Loved Kids' Books Have Been Survival Stories. (for Young Readers)
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL PLOTS have captivated generations of young book lovers, whether or not the readers ever spent a day in the wilderness or a night under the stars. The discrepancy between a kid's quotidian life and that of a character in a book is...
Unfogging the Future: What to Look for in the Next Harry Potter
AFTER THREE KNUCKLE-BITING YEARS of waiting for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we finally have a date. On June 21, J.K. Rowling's latest dose of Harry, Hogwarts, Hermione and Hedwig will be delivered to millions of grateful readers. To...
When Cephalopods Attack ... and Other Hair-Raising Adventures of Mystery Writers. (Crimetime)
SAVAGED BY OCTOPUSES, STALKED by killers, menaced by mole people--peril can be part and parcel of writing thrillers. As author Peter Blauner says, "Fear is stored in a different part of the brain than other memories. That translates onto the page in...

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