"There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself."
—Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist
- Books Of the Times: Mickey Haller, Lincoln Lawyer, Returns in ‘Gods of Guilt’ Sun, 08 Dec 2013 22:16:49 GMT
- In “The Gods of Guilt,” Mickey Haller (a.k.a. the Lincoln Lawyer) has changed, but celebrity hasn’t gone to his head or his wallet.
- Dispatch: Caution: Reading Can Be Hazardous Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:28:27 GMT
- This year, I was a judge for the National Book Awards. A day when I got through only a single book felt like a day of delinquency.
- In the Book ‘The Killer Detail,’ Considering the Essence of Chic Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:33:21 GMT
- Élisabeth Quin and François Armanet, two of the best-known (and best-dressed) journalists in France, look at the secrets of style.
- Reviving Elaine’s Without Elaine Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:21:54 GMT
- The Writing Room, in the former home of Elaine’s, will pay homage to the famed saloon and its proprietor, but former devotees are divided on the reanimation of a space that attracted the literati.
- ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: The 100 Notable Books of 2013 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:25:55 GMT
- Editors at the Book Review discuss this year’s selection of notable fiction, poetry, nonfiction and children’s books.
- Editors’ Choice Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:24:38 GMT
- Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
- ‘Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Volume 1,’ by Mark Lewisohn Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:19:41 GMT
- The first of a projected three-volume biography of the Fab Four.
- ‘Inside the Dream Palace,’ by Sherill Tippins Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:19:25 GMT
- Sherill Tippins aims to tell the definitive story of New York’s Hotel Chelsea in “Inside the Dream Palace.”
- ‘Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven’ and ‘Richard Wagner: A Life in Music’ Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:18:39 GMT
- A new book about Richard Wagner, who relentlessly recorded his daily life, and another about Bach, who left hardly any paper trail.
- ‘Play It Again’ and ‘Strings Attached’ Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:18:22 GMT
- Memoirs about two very different musical journeys.
- ‘Jim Henson: The Biography,’ by Brian Jay Jones Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:17:36 GMT
- A biography of the puppeteer whose influence has hardly waned in the more than two decades since his death.
- ‘Tales of Two Cities,’ by Jonathan Conlin Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:17:24 GMT
- Jonathan Conlin offers a series of strolls through the history of Paris and London.
- John H. Oakley’s ‘Greek Vase’ Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:17:12 GMT
- An illustrated overview of the main styles and production centers of Greek figurative pottery.
- Virginia Postrel’s ‘Power of Glamour’ Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:17:03 GMT
- Virginia Postrel lays out the case for glamour as a life-shaping force, whether for good or for ill.
- ‘Johnny Carson,’ by Henry Bushkin Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:16:20 GMT
- Henry Bushkin, who worked as a lawyer for Johnny Carson, has written a gossipy, breezy memoir about the late-night host.