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Articles from March

A Book and a Smile
Lisa Scottoline is on the case with her new Vendetta Defense AT A POSH suburban Philadelphia restaurant, a harried waitress forces a smile and hands out an oversize menu filled with elegant selections. She rattles off the day's specials like an...
Abracadabra ... Potter Manages to Lose a Few Fans
J.K. Rowling's recent charity work--meaning the two new Harry Potter "schoolbooks" whose proceeds benefit the poor--isn't the only news surrounding the Little Wizard these days (but it may be the most cheerful). For instance: If you're thinking...
A Good Place to Die
Dorchester, Massachusetts, native son revisits his old haunts and breaks out with Mystic River "I'm just saying there are threads, OK? Threads in our lives. You pull one, and everything else gets affected." --Mystic River DENNIS LEHANE DID...
American Storyteller
From riding the rails with Woody Guthrie to campaigning for a cleaner Hudson River, reluctant folk hero Pete Seeger tells it like was, is and could be PETE SEEGER HAS STORIES TO TELL, amazing ones. And he doesn't have to make them up. Sitting in...
A SHORT HISTORY of the SHORT STORY
JOHN BIGUENET would be your favorite English professor, were you fortunate enough to be in one of his classes at New Orleans' Loyola University. But even if you can't make it to the Crescent City, he might be one of your favorites--as an author. Biguenet,...
Book Bacchanalia
Barcelona, Cataluna's capital city, celebrates Festa de Sant Jordi with a unique mix of books, roses and business EVERY YEAR on April 23, Barcelona, this most gracious and elegant of Mediterranean cities, sheds all restraint and celebrates what...
Denzel Washington Goes Fish-Ing in Directorial Debut
Forty-one might seem a young age for someone who's writing his life story, but for Hollywood screenwriter Antwone Quenton Fisher--whose memoir Finding Fish was released in February--life has been a drama definitely worth telling. It's a story that...
Discussion Questions for March/April
The Samurai's Garden and The Dollmaker Gail Tsukiyama's The Samurai's Garden To whom does the novel's title refer? What does the act of tending a garden mean to Matsu and Sachi? Stephen becomes physically stronger at Tarumi. What spiritual...
Double Shot of Celtic Soul
Punk poet Shane MacGowan drinks it all in, then spits it back out FOUR DECADES ago, Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and memoirist (Borstal Boy), could be found propping up any bar in Dublin. That was before he died of alcoholism at age forty-one,...
Erin Go Online
Need a little Irish literature for Saint Patrick's Day? The Web's got you covered A COLLEGE professor of mine once kicked off a discussion on James Joyce by dubbing Ireland the 300-pound Chihuahua of world literature. After all, the Emerald Isle...
Going Abroad for Some Hard-Corps Inspiration
In its forty years (March 1 marks the official anniversary), the Peace Corps has sent more than 160,000 Americans all over the globe. More than 400 of them have gone on to become published writers, producing 1,100 books. Those figures come courtesy...
L.A. Story
You're no one in Los Angeles without your own production company LATE SATURDAY morning, it's story time at Storyopolis. Part children's bookstore, part illustrator's gallery, part production company, this Los Angeles boutique is hopping. To the...
Letter to Readers
WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG, an album in my folks' collection that I loved hearing was We Shall Overcome, a 1963 Columbia recording of a concert Pete Seeger gave June 8 at New York City's Carnegie Hall. For a kid, the initial delights were in songs that...
Pair It Up
Revitalize a weary book group with a multidisciplinary approach IN ITS FIRST YEAR, John McFarland's Seattle book group started having problems. They were a diverse group: men, women, straights and gays. Some were booksellers and college professors,...
Radiohead
Ira Glass and This American Life thrive in the invisibility of radio IRA GLASS' OFFICE IS FULL OF STUFF--papers, dirty dishes, cutlery, batteries, CDs, issues of The New Yorker, Granta and The Baffler, a letter from a publisher offering a book deal...
Silvie and Her Theater of War
At the onset of World War II, Silvia Grohs-Martin was a young Jewish actress in Amsterdam who loved the theater where she performed (the Joodsche Schouwburg) almost as much as performing itself. Formerly known as the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the venue...
Steve Martin Lonely Guy
The comedian has taken his favorite theme into new territory: the realm of literary fiction WHEN THE EMCEE of the Seventy-third Academy Awards takes the stage in March, the audience will see something they've never seen before: a literary novelist...
The Chosen
Recent book-club favorites Memoir from Antproof Case Mark Helprin Both serious and absurd, this 1995 novel of an octogenarian writing his memoir recalls his days as a World War II ace, an investment banker, world-class thief and fighter of the...
The Prize Winner OF DEFIANCE, OHIO
How my mother raised ten kids on twenty-five words or less THE ORDINARILY SLEEPY town of Defiance, Ohio, emitted an industrious hum on hot days, a subtle pulse of activity--like the buzzing of distant bees. It was late Indian summer, a little too...
To Tell You the Truth
I RECENTLY encountered a particular "writer problem" for the first time. A lot of my work is humorous in intent and is not directly tied to the actual world. It is not--at least in the way a lawyer uses the word--"real." In much of what I write,...
Writers' Own Stories
Reading about authors can be inspirational WHEN DID you start writing? When are you going to stop?" a child once asked in a letter to Sid Fleischman, the award-winning writer of such humorous historical fiction as 1998's Bandit's Moon, about famous...
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