October 17, 2013 Crystal isn't happy about turning 65, but at least he's finding a way to laugh about it. The actor and comedian's new memoir — Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — is on the best-seller list and he'll be back on Broadway in November.
October 17, 2013 Also: a new story by Joyce Carol Oates; writer Sherman Alexie on "the reservation of my mind;" and a look at the new Thomas Pynchon novel.
October 16, 2013 This week, 28-year-old Eleanor Catton became the youngest person ever to win the Man Booker Prize, for her novel The Luminaries. Critic Ellah Allfrey says this year's finalists were some of the most compelling in years — and The Luminaries is "a masterwork of structural brilliance."
October 16, 2013 In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower appointed John Foster Dulles as secretary of state, and Allen Dulles as director of the CIA. In his new book, The Brothers, journalist Stephen Kinzer says the Dulles' actions "helped set off some of the world's most profound long-term crises."
October 16, 2013 Also: James Franco's new novel; Salvador Dali illustrates Don Quixote; the allure of unusable words.
October 15, 2013 When you see a valuable comic locked up in a safe, it's fair to wonder whether it's really intended for people other than ardent fans to enjoy, or even to know about. But a new documentary airing on PBS uses superheroes to tell a larger tale of American popular entertainment.
October 15, 2013 In 1931, Harry Powers killed two women and three children at his home in Quiet Dell, W.Va. Writer Jayne Anne Phillips learned about the murders from her mother, who was a child when the deaths became a media sensation. Phillips' new novel retells the tragedy through the eyes of a young reporter.
October 15, 2013 As part of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the British singer-songwriter helped define a West Coast sound. Here, he discusses the influence of Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and marijuana on his career, as well as his new memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.
October 15, 2013 With a new book out that purports to be a novel but actually isn't, James Franco seems to have mastered celebrity in an unexpected way. He has so many images at this point — stoner, student, artist, bro — that he seems to have no image at all.
October 15, 2013 Also: Alice Walker will publish her diaries; Donna Tartt takes aim at grammar snobs; Carl Bernstein is writing a memoir about his early days.
October 15, 2013 Anne Rice has just released the second book in her "Wolf Gift" series, The Wolves of Midwinter. It continues the story of a young San Francisco journalist bitten by a werewolf. Critic Alan Cheuse says that while the dialogue is stilted at times, he's enjoyed watching Rice create another world of "strangeness and transformations."