| Apr 15, 2012
Abuse, betrayal, addiction and grief form the base for memoirs these days — even beautiful ones like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. But Swim: Why We Love the Water, by pioneering TV news correspondent Lynn Sherr, breaks from the...
| Mar 18, 2012
The Guardians: An Elegy
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 128 pp., $20
For more than a year, I've been on a reader's grief patrol. Memoir about a mother dying of cancer? Story of a husband's stroke? Taking care of a declining relative on a...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 9:55 AM
WSHU Presents “Join the Conversation” with the writer, blogger and cultural critic. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., University Commons, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, sacredheart.edu
It takes talent to pivot, the way James...
| Oct 30, 2011
"Writers," Joan Didion observed in 1968, "are always selling somebody out." It's one of those classic Didion statements, epigrammatic yet personal, a line that unpacks itself the more we consider what it implies. Didion may have been referring to...
| Apr 9, 2012
Ann Lurie isn't very good at being merely a name etched in granite.
Take the coming fundraising gala to celebrate the completion of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, a 1.25 million-square-foot facility in Streeterville with...
| Jun 26, 2012
The show: Joan Didion's “The Year of Magical Thinking,” a solo show based on her memoir, at the Westport Country Playhouse
First impressions: Starting with Alexander Dodge's Zen-like set, you know you are in for an experience of...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 8:05 AM
It's widely known that writer Joan Didion's late husband, John Gregory Dunne, was raised in the Hartford area; she chronicled her grief at his passing in The Year of Magical Thinking, which won the National Book Award. More recently, Didion penned Blue...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 5:21 PM
A little over a month after the October 14 release of Footloose, consensus has settled in: Craig Brewer’s remake doesn’t cut it. What little praise has been allocated to the film has been faint, and most of it directed to Miles Teller&...
| Nov 30, 2011
The Age of Movies
The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Edited by Sanford Schwartz
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.
| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011)
The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 7:27 AM
There's a part of us that secretly likes disasters. Well, maybe not so secretly. That's why Joan Didion's famous riff on the Santa Ana winds — "the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse" — is hauled out several times a year to explain what L....
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...