Jennifer Egan interviews John Freeman
Jordan Smith was literally born to shred. "Ever since I was born, the only thing I've wanted to do is play electric guitar," the frontman for Nashville six-piece Diarrhea Planet tells me over the phone from Los Angeles before heading out for some pre-show rattlesnake sausage with his band mates. "My ... More >>
How best to tag the restless, reactive folk-pop of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper? So many ways, dude: rambunctious, precocious, invigorating, probing, sweet, exasperating, quirky, self-indulgent, lunging, crackers, too sane, even. The outfit led by Brooklyn's Aly Spaltro, 23 -- named after something she s ... More >>
[See More 3 Good Things: Scratch 'n' Sniff | Vintage Carving Manuals, Corn Butter] 1 Jess Row's interesting piece about Haruki Murakami's "blandness," which compares the Japanese author's tone to the foods we seek out for comfort and routine (like, spaghetti). [Three Penny Review] 2 This cool, car ... More >>
With more than 250 films to see, there is no one, definitive festival experience. Here's mine.
Ellen Silverman PhotographyYesterday, we talked to Michael Anthony, executive chef at Gramercy Tavern, about the James Beards, his most embarrassing kitchen moment, and the advent of ramps. Today, in the second half of the interview, find out how Anthony feels about health care, the mayor's ... More >>
Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesSohui Kim tells us her picks for pizza, sushi Yesterday, we caught up with chef/owner Sohui Kim about the state of The Good Fork on its fourth anniversary, and the challenges of juggling her jobs as restaurateur and executive chef with a family. Today, we tal ... More >>
Bring your own monocle
Much like twelve-year-olds, publishers get busy during the school year and spend summer months making forts out of pillows. But despite the summer malaise, a stalwart bunch of non-chick-lit titles fought their way onto shelves this month: Most prominently, David Carr's The Night of the Gun, which go ... More >>
A detective noir amid the ruins of postwar Tokyo
Colin Stetson flaunts his globetrotting lips
The irrelevant vanishes: A spare, subtle adaptation evokes the Murakami mood in miniature
Could cyberspace be the novel's best friend? Litblogs take offand grow up.
New signals from Planet Murakami: Cat communication, fishy rain, and some moralizing
English majors! Christopher Booker's new study just made your life much easiermaybe
Complicité renders Murakami's Tokyo in surreally bright strokes
It's the Baum: Scarlett Thomas puts the nightmares back in
Braut fishing in Japan: Takahashi unfair to Aristophanes!
Buttons, Diamonds, and Cannabis Soap
Stone Cold Dead Serious; Losing Ground; Job: The Hip-Hop Musical
Haruki Murakami vs. the End of the World
Across Town, Words Jump off the Page