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


Why News Reporters Write the Best Crime Novels

Seasoned newspaper writers like Carl Hiaasen and Laura Lippman understand something that can't be learned in an MFA program


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

Arts & Entertainment

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


The English Butler Is One of Pop Culture's Most Underrated Archetypes

From the novels of PG Wodehouse to "The Fresh Prince," the man who is quietly working in the background always knows more than he lets on


How the Stoner Noir Went Mainstream

For decades, alcohol was the crutch of fictional PIs. Times have changed, maaaaan.


You Can Thank Robin Williams for the New Golden Age of Hairy Men

Hirsuteness hasn’t always been desirable. In the ‘90s, one man helped change that.


Every Good Book About Fishing Is a Book About the Nature of Life

In "The Optimist," David Coggins presents the case not only for fly fishing, but living more deliberately in everything we do


Jonathan Ames Has Gone Noir, And He’s Not Turning Back

With his latest book, "A Man Named Doll," the humorist-turned-crime novelist offers up the best of both worlds


In Defense of Reading Biographies in an Era When They Reveal Nothing

The beauty of Blake Bailey’s 800-page book on Philip Roth is in the details