Books

Political Art on Stage in Manhattan as 2018 Opens

After Uma Thurman's witty and provocative Broadway performance last night as The Parisian Woman, my seatmate to the left remarked, "it's good to see this again." He was a Millennial in this all-ages globally mixed crowd in a sold-out house on a bitter cold winter evening. Political art is making a comeback on stage, screen and in museums. Inspired by the 19th century farce La Parisienne and written by Beau Willimon (who premiered Netflix' House of Cards' adaptation in 2016), the 90-minute play illuminates the shameless manipulation of an ambitious Washington, D.C., socialite set on a plum appointment for her... Read more →


Independent Book Stores - Dive in for Summer Reading

National Independent Bookstore Day the last weekend in April is a regular reminder that indie bookstores are travel destinations And why not? Writer Ann Patchett, who owns the Nashville, Tennessee Parnassus Books I've visited, wrote about this eloquently in the recent special New York Times Travel section on bookstores. (There are several fascinating articles in this special section of Dec. 6, 2016 about literary adventures and bookstore destinations, starting with Ann Patchett's personal guide of favorites. Additionally the National Independent Bookstore Day link provides a long list of some but not all indie bookstores around the U.S.) When I'm on... Read more →


Editor Terry McDonell on a Lifetime of Writing - and Writers

Terry McDonell, author of the new memoir, The Accidental Life, has edited some of the best writers of our generation -- and likely some of them are better because of him. Yet he opened his remarks at the independent bookstore Book Passage in Marin County, California with a confession - "I could not get a good job as a writer, so I began to tumble my way into editing jobs." Read more →