Thanksgiving Movies Are the Best Holiday Movies

Darkness, redemption and pumpkin pie: what more could you want?


Why the Martini Never Goes Out of Style

Cocktail trends come and go, but the simple sophistication of a martini — however you take it — will always endure


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.

Food & Drink

I Tried 30 Mustards. 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


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