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Articles from January-February

A Feast for the Mind: Chef Marcus Samuelsson Consumes Literature with Gusto. (Style)
FAR FROM THE GLAMOUR AND kitchen clatter of Aquavit, the trendy, uberluxe Scandinavian restaurant in Manhattan, head chef Marcus Samuelsson savors a different kind of delicacy: his beloved books. In contrast to the opulence of his workplace, Samuelsson's...
American Study: Was Mark Twain This Country's Most Important Citizen? Ken Burns Weighs in. (Q+A)
BIOGRAPHIES ARE BUT THE CLOTHES AND THE buttons of the man," Mark Twain once wrote. "The biography of the man himself cannot be written." Ken Burns obviously doesn't scare easily because, that stern warning aside, America's favorite documentary filmmaker...
Bad Girl (Interrupted): She Survived Addiction, Rehab and September 11. Elizabeth Wurtzel Is Back-With Her Best Work to Date. (Here + Now)
WHEN SHE TURNED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FOR HER NEW MEMOIR about addiction to cocaine and Ritalin, Elizabeth Wurtzel thought she'd put the worst behind her. But exactly one month later, the erstwhile enfant terrible of the literary world--whose personal...
Clear + Present Danger: Touring Ground Zero with Tom Clancy
ON A SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN EARLY OCTOBER, TOM CLANCY IS BOUND FOR the place where his most nightmarish fiction became a reality. Clancy, visiting New York from his home in Maryland, has accepted our invitation to tour Ground Zero, the site of...
Devotion
THOSE YEARS. I HATED COMING HOME FROM school. It wasn't so much for my sake; it was more for my mother's. I was the first to make the discoveries, the first to find out what my father had done, or not done, during the day. I knew how upset my mother...
Domestic Terrorism: The Author of Hurricane Tells the Story of One of This Country's Worst Race Riots. (Special Projects)
IN JANUARY 2000, JAMES S. HIRSCH WAS LOOKING FOR A NEW project. His bestseller Hurricane, the book that set the record straight on the events portrayed in the 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, was hitting stores, and he wanted to find another compelling...
Excitable Boy: Carl Hiaasen Gets Fired Up with a Rant against Lousy Journalism and Florida's Scumbags. (Crimetime)
CARL HIAASEN HAS THE GLEEFULLY WICKED MIND BEHIND SUCH bestselling comic thrillers as Sick Puppy, Strip Tease and Tourist Season, rollicking satires that paint the Sunshine State as a paradise lost, a bizarre cesspool of greed, corruption, environmental...
Group Therapy: Community Reading Can Help Get Everyone on the Same Page. (Group Dynamics)
WHEN A HUNDRED PEOPLE CROWDED INTO AN AUDITORIUM IN Boise, Idaho, to discuss the 1981 novel Housekeeping with its author, Marilynne Robinson, the conditions weren't exactly what event organizers had hoped for. This was September 15, after all--just...
Inside Access: The Web Gives Readers and Writers a Way to Connect. (Plugged In)
THERE IS INDEED A REVOLUTION TAKING PLACE IN PUBLISHING. BUT it's not the battle between conventional and electronic publishing that people have been talking about. Instead, it's the way savvy authors are using the Internet to connect to readers--forming...
In with the New. (Editor's Letter)
WELCOME TO OUR FIRST NEWCOMERS ISSUE. AS THE ANNUAL odometer rolls over--and I think most of us would agree we've never needed that to happen more than we did after the fall of 2001--we're bringing you the Book version of the new year. Senior editor...
It's an Obsession: Russia Faces the Rise of "Tolkienism". (Film)
IN THE HEART OF A ONCE GREAT EMPIRE THERE LIVE REMNANTS of Middle Earth: hobbits, dwarves, elves and orcs. There they still stage battles, hide in the mountains and sing in lost languages. They are Tolkienists, hard-core fans of the mythical world...
Lost and Found: Searching for the Forgotten in San Francisco. (Shop Watch)
OUTSIDE GREEN APPLE BOOKS, A WOODEN LEPRECHAUN STANDS sentry. Mergatroid bestows luck on those who rub his tummy as they pass, and the paint on his paunch is rubbed off. No surprise, as Pacific Heights denizens with tony briefcases root through remainder...
Master Class: Want to Write a Book? Columbia Prof Sam Freedman Can Show You the Way. (Work)
SAMUEL FREEDMAN MAY have found the magic formula to getting a book published. Since 1991, nineteen of his students (nine in the past two years alone), have landed lucrative book deals and a goodly amount of critical praise. Freedman, a former New...
Rocky Horror: The Haunting Legacy of Stephen King's the Shining Looms over Colorado's Stanley Hotel. (Locations)
ON THE FAR SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, I wake from a dream, my head damply molded into the hotel pillow. The room is dark except for a dagger of moonlight on the far wall. The color and the warmth have drained from Room 217, just a few hours earlier a quaint...
Shipping Out: Launching the Big-Screen Version of E. Annie Proulx's Prizewinner Provided Challenges for Both Director and Star
LAST SPRING, DIRECTOR LASSE HALLSTROM was sitting in the house that is at the center of his cinematic interpretation of E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, explaining what drew him to the high-profile literary adaptation. "The novel is such a wonderful...
The Bright Stuff: America's Leading Sexpert Thinks We Should Get out of Our Closets
SUSIE BRIGHT IS EYEING THE melons. Poking her way through the produce section of her local market in Santa Cruz, California, lagging far behind her eleven-year-old daughter, Aretha, she flags down a tall young man in an apron and sweetly solicits his...
The Man Who Would Be King: Marshall Frady's Martin Luther King, Jr. Reveals the Human Side of the Humanitarian. (Biography)
BACK IN THE 1960s. WHEN FRUSTRATED PLAYWRIGHT AND NOVELIST Marshall Frady was working for magazines like Harper's and Newsweek, he was already fascinated by seemingly outsized American figures--preacher Billy Graham, segregationist Alabama governor...
The Newcomers
At this time last year, you might not have heard of any of them. They were laboring in obscurity, scribbling away in their garrets, holed up in makeshift dwellings in Guyana and Patagonia, struggling to eke out the rent in Harlem, in Toronto, in Wales....
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