Harrison Scott Key photographed by Chia Chong
A funny thing happened to Harrison Scott Key when a publicist sent out press kits for his debut memoir, The World’s Largest Man: he wound up on Southern Living’s “50 Best-Dressed Southerners 2015.”
In one photo, Key mimes reading aloud to a mounted wildebeest head. He wears a square-patterned bow tie, plaid shirt, blue blazer with a red banana for a pocket square, and mustard-colored jeans.
“My wife hates the way I dress and so basically her disgust ...
“Nobody goes there anymore,” the late Yogi Berra once said of a New York nightspot, adding, by way of explanation, “It’s too crowded.” It’s in that light that the title of New York journalist Ada Calhoun’s lively new book St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street should be read: for generations, she notes, the residents of “America’s hippest street” have lamented that its last, best days were sometime before the present, when rent ...
Rita Gabis photographed by Rina Castelnuovo.
We highlight some of the best coffeetable books available this holiday season.
Receiving coffeetable books gives us a big smile, too.
Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman
Kalman is revered for her idiosyncratic, philosophical musings paired with her charming, intimate art. Beloved Dog is a reflective, funny, affecting book that any dog lover will cherish.
Hyper Nature by Philippe Martin
If gnarly, hairy bugs aren’t your thing, the vibrant, up-close photos in Hyper Nature of centipedes, spiders, geckos, snails, and snakes might not win a place in your heart. But for kids (or adults) who want a ...
We talk to some of the masterminds reinventing cookbooks
Mario Batali just took me on a guided tour of his latest cookbook, America Farm to Table—and he’ll happily do the same for you.
“All the recipes in this book are inspired by farmers in appreciation of the incredible amount of work they do to bring quality food to our table,” Batali says. “Let’s take a walk through this amazing interactive ebook and explore the tools I’ve developed to guide your cooking.” He ends with an ...
Patrick McGilligan photographed at the University of Texas Book Festival 2011
“Orson has a reputation as somewhat of a—I’m trying to think of a better word than liar—someone who exaggerates and embellishes everything,” says Patrick McGilligan. His newest biography of Orson Welles’ life up to the release of Citizen Kane, Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to Citizen Kane, makes the case that, contrary to film buff lore, for the most part Welles told the truth to interviewers like Peter Bogdanovich, friends, and colleagues when ...
We talk to the authors of WELCOME TO MARWENCOL
Mark Hogancamp and Chris Shellen
Marwencol is a small town in Belgium where German, American, British, and Russian soldiers of the Second World War fight it out and then sit down together for a drink at the bar; where the townspeople include a time-traveler from the future and her sister, a witch; and where evil-doers are transported to the Land of the Knight of Marwencol in another dimension for a brusque beheading. Its inhabitants are about a foot tall.
The village clusters beside the ...
Peter Guralnick photographed by David Har
Writing about the storied American record producer Sam Phillips might seem like a natural fit for music journalist Peter Guralnick (Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, etc.), and to a degree it is. After writing a celebrated two-volume biography of Elvis Presley and a dozen other books about American roots music, Guralnick is steeped in the era that gave birth to rock 'n' roll. In a starred review, Kirkus’ reviewer calls Guralnick’s latest, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented ...