| Nov 17, 2002
The claims are everywhere: on posters and T-shirts, on the Internet and in books, even sometimes headlining the national news. Thomas Jefferson's eccentricities were actually a form of autism. Albert Einstein's genius flourished despite a learning...
| Jul 29, 2012
Since her death on Aug. 5, 1962, hundreds of books about Marilyn Monroe have been published by various writers, ranging from famous names such as Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem and Joyce Carol Oates, to people who worked with her on movie sets. With so...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:38 PM
There’s a certain joy that comes with reading a great literary takedown, the kind of mean but intelligent and precise review that eviscerates the pretensions and the sloppiness of a truly awful book.
Over in Britain, they think of a good pan as...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 10:00 AM
The Life of William Rehnquist
John A. Jenkins
Public Affairs: 368 pp., $28.99
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was a curious man. He could be courtly and gracious, elegant in argument and a...
| Jul 29, 2012
Marilyn Monroe certainly achieved fame in the course of her 36-year lifetime, but in the five decades since her death, she's become such a celebrity-branding superstar, it often feels as if America's proto-platinum pinup never really left the building...
| Nov 11, 2012
Han Suyin defiantly straddled two worlds decades before multiculturalism became fashionable.
"We must carry ourselves with colossal assurance and say, 'Look at us, the Eurasians!' " the half-Chinese, half-Belgian physician and author whose career swept...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Chris Marker, an enigmatic figure in French cinema who avoided publicity and was loath to screen his films yet was often ranked with countrymen Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard as an avant-garde master, died at his home in Paris on Sunday, his 91st...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 3:22 PM
Guillermo Del Toro's “Pacific Rim” promises plenty of sci-fi spectacle pitting robots against monsters, but the visceral “Pan's Labyrinth” director, ......
| Nov 22, 2012
| 5:03 AM
Call it Christmas, call it Hanukkah, call it Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or Festivus. The truth is, we here at Hero ......
| Sep 9, 2012
D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Since ancient times, surgeons have dreamed of transplanting healthy organs into patients disabled by disease and injury, but the human body's powerful immune system stymied all such attempts, leading many observers to conclude that the procedure was...
| Sep 23, 2012
Wild Genius on the Moors — The Story of a Literary Family
Pegasus: 1,200 pp., $39.95
Just about everything you thought you knew about the Brontës is wrong.