| Jan 6, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Smith Magazine's six-word memoirs have been lodged in the literary firmament since the 2008 release of "Not Quite What I Was Planning," a pocket-sized collection that became a bestseller. The idea of a story in six words was inspired by......
| Nov 18, 2009
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Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal could never be accused of sticking to one thing. The 7-foot-1-inch athlete has dabbled in acting (remember "Kazaam"?), recorded a handful of rap albums and earned a master's in business administration. Now, O'Neal is...
| Nov 25, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Decades ago, real life became the stuff of novels -- everyone knew "The Bell Jar" was taken from Sylvia Plath's own experience, but nobody wanted to call it a memoir. Flash forward to James Frey and reverse it -- he......
| Nov 2, 2009
| 4:33 PM
If you're literary and on the Web, chances are you already know Stephen Elliott. The candid editor of the arts and culture site the Rumpus sends out almost-daily missives; he sent copies of his book "The Adderall Diaries" to people......
| May 17, 2009
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
AWA Architecture Symposium: The Assn. for Women in Architecture will offer a series of presentations by architects, artists, thinkers and public officials. Participants include Barbara Bestor,...
| Sep 8, 2008
Since everyone nowadays seems to save the worst for first, it's likely you've already heard the gory bits about New York Times media columnist David Carr's former life.
That tub of detergent he had to dunk his arm in to clean off the track-mark scabs....
| May 12, 2008
| 7:26 PM
May 13, 2008
"Bright Shiny Morning" is a terrible book. One of the worst I've ever read. But you have to give James Frey credit for one thing: He's got chutzpah. Two and a half years after he was eviscerated by Oprah Winfrey for exaggerating many of...
| May 19, 2008
| 8:57 PM
JAMES FREY was back in his old neighborhood, strolling happily along the Venice boardwalk, enjoying a sunny day in a T-shirt and aviator shades as he passed tattoo shops and a man who was selling what he claimed to be "philosophy." It doesn't get any...
| Sep 23, 2007
More than a quarter century ago, the critic Robert Hughes called the public's response to Modern art "the shock of the new." The role of art was to stimulate ideas, provoke thought, challenge ways of seeing. Today, we are experiencing a different,...
| Apr 18, 2010
and Then It Did
A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction
W.W. Norton: 232 pp., $23.95
People who know Jake Silverstein may be surprised to discover upon reading "Nothing Happened and Then It Did" that he helped find pirate...
| Nov 2, 2009
Stephen Elliott started playing around with drugs at 10 and ran away from home when he was 13. He spent most of his teens in and out of group homes; as an adult, he stripped at gay bars for a year while shooting heroin. It came to a crashing conclusion...
| Nov 8, 2009
Harper: 390 pp., $25.99
"Any way I tell this story is a lie," reads the first line of "Lit" by poet and memoirist Mary Karr. It's an ironic beginning for a writer who rose to fame on "The Liars' Club," a book recounting her...