Excerpt: Director James Ivory Remembers a Chance Meeting With Jean Renoir
In his memoir "Solid Ivory," the prolific adapter of Edwardian novels proves that he's also adept at telling his own story
The Myth of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Is Better Than the Band I Remember
I was always "too cool" for the Chili Peppers. But upon reading their superb memoirs, I'm now wondering if I missed out.
Was There a More Human Side to the Work of Slim Aarons?
A new book juxtaposes the photographer's saturated visions of American wealth with earlier, more modest tableaux
How, Exactly, Do You Get the Stink Out of a Waxed Jacket?
They last forever. Their out-of-the-box redolence, however, does not.
I Tried 30 Mustards This Summer. These Were the Best.
In 1975, James Beard ranked his 28 favorite mustards. Nearly 50 years later, I hunted them all down — and then some.
We’re Living in the Golden Age of the Downtown NYC Memoir
New books from John Lurie and Marc Ribot are the latest entrants into a decorated canon
How to Write a Book About LA That Actually Matters in 2021
In “Always Crashing in the Same Car,” Matthew Specktor explores the city by reappraising some of its most challenging personalities
Excerpt: How I Learned to Love Warren Zevon, Despite Him
In “American Dream Machine,” Matthew Specktor unravels the many myths and icons of the city he grew up in: Los Angeles
Excerpt: Michael Punke Takes on Crazy Horse’s Origin Story in “Ridgeline”
“The Revenant” author is back with another tale of the American West, this time focusing on a conflict between white settlers and the Lakota in present-day Wyoming
In “It Never Ends,” Tom Scharpling Finally Gets Serious
The comedian and longtime radio host's new memoir is a reminder that the funniest people we know are rarely immune to sadness