What Is Poetry? And Does It Pay?

A trip to the Famous Poets Society convention/contest in Reno.

Sunday, July 5


"The Conclusion of the Age of the Prophets"

Remembering jazz musician Ornette Coleman.

Saturday, July 4


The Man Who Saw America

A profile of photographer Robert Frank in his 90th year.

Friday, July 3


What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired To Kill a Mockingbird

“It’s an old book!” Harper Lee told a mutual friend of ours who’d seen her while I was in Monroeville. “But if someone wants to read it, fine!”

Wednesday, July 1


Calling Art

On the wandering career and sweet baritone voice of Art Laboe, the DJ behind the phrase “oldies but goodies.”

Monday, June 29


“I Thought You Would Help Me”

On immigration detainees in the United Kingdom, and the suffering that lands them in detention.

Saturday, June 27


Revenge of the Nerds

On Taylor Swift’s passive-aggressive lyrics, the life of the writer, and the pain of middle school.

Excerpted from Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives.

Wednesday, June 24


Blow Hard

Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.

Tuesday, June 23


Zane, the Queen of Erotica, Has a Secret

Although she is one of the richest writers in the country, her finances are a mess.

Sunday, June 21


Long Way Home

Memories of her father and her time in Tennessee.


Rescuing Wonderful Shivery Tales

Creating – and revising – the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Friday, June 19


Gone to Ghana

What it’s like to have your novel filmed by Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski.