I should know better than to step within two time zones of Marilyn Monroe. She has a way of drawing the worst from writers of my gender. Stalwarts from Norman Mailer to Thomas Pynchon have embarrassed themselves, some at greater length than others, trying to mask their macabre and masturbatory impul ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column: When you start to spend a lot of time with people who are on the autism spectrum, it becomes quite clear that we all have quirks, foibles, aspects, facets, and traits that could also be called "autistic" -- like the crushing need to make a lengthy list of sy ... More >>
So, how will he behave on his new book tour?
De Niro takes a loooong, sloooow look at the history of the CIA
After reflecting on the excesses of the past year, we turn to low-cal takeout
We find, sitting next to us, a petite and smiling Amy Tan, sadly without her legendary posse of yapping dogs
What Are Words For?
In which we meet a donkey, some crows, and Sonny Smith, who is not a folk singer
Did photographer Diane Arbus exploit her subjects? Decide for yourself at her huge new exhibit
Years after Evander Holyfield clocked him, boxer-turned-shoeshine-man Seamus McDonagh struggles to conquer his fears -- and to confront Holyfield
Can Dog Bites achieve a creative breakthrough under the tutelage of a Sylvia Plath-lookin' chick?
D.A. Pennebaker doesn't make history, but he's captured so much of it
Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?
Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place
Landscape Suicides; Captives; Naked Killer
Salvador Dali Talks to the Animals & The Beard
After decades of being misunderstood, novelist and gay icon John Rechy is fighting back -- and making Hollywood take notice
A neo-noir, an Ur-neo-noir, and a black political satire color a pallid year of retreads, bogus events, and charity cases.