backstories

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The plot of Lawrence Wright’s new novel was always prescient, but it arrived much sooner than he thought it would.
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Everything We Learned From Woody Allen’s Controversial Memoir

From his affair with Soon-Yi to the molestation allegation.
strange times

‘I Feel Like an Asshole All the Time’: Promoting a Book During a Pandemic

Bess Kalb on releasing Nobody Will Tell You This But Me as the world burns.
  1. backstories
    The Man Who Knew Too MuchThe plot of Lawrence Wright’s new novel was always prescient, but it arrived much sooner than he thought it would.
  2. books
    Everything We Learned From Woody Allen’s Controversial MemoirFrom his affair with Soon-Yi to the molestation allegation.
  3. trailer mix
    Watch a Very Sex-Forward Trailer for the Normal People TV ShowPremiering on Hulu on April 29.
  4. obits
    Children’s Author Tomie dePaola, Writer of Strega Nona, Dead at 85The children’s author created more than 250 books during his career, including the adventures of Big Anthony and that magic pasta pot.
  5. books
    Dolly Parton Is More Than Happy to Read You and Your Kids a Bedtime StoryHopefully, Dolly’s voice can counteract the whole “waking up at 4 a.m. in a full panic attack” part of quarantine.
  6. reading lists
    The Books Our Political Writers Are Reaching for Right NowA reading list for finding some perspective in a crisis.
  7. all by myself
    9 Great Books With Lonely ProtagonistsInvestigating the wild terrain of the isolated mind.
  8. strange times
    ‘I Feel Like an Asshole All the Time’: Promoting a Book During a PandemicBess Kalb on releasing Nobody Will Tell You This But Me as the world burns.
  9. books
    Michael Scott Had a Pet Parrot Named Jim CarreyAnd other interesting things we learned from a new book about The Office.
  10. book excerpt
    An Oral History of The Office’s Insane Fire Drill EpisodeAn excerpt from Andy Greene’s The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s.
  11. book excerpt
    Kenny Rogers Was Never Just One Kind of ArtistPop-country owes a debt of gratitude to the late singer and his debut hit “Lucille.”
  12. coronavirus side effects
    Lena Dunham Is Publishing a Romance Novel One Chapter at a TimeBecause clearly no one has time to read a whole book right now
  13. memoirs
    Woody Allen’s Memoir Is Out Under a New PublisherArcade Publishing released Apropos of Nothing two weeks early.
  14. endings
    Hilary Mantel Thinks the Last Book Is Her BestThe author on her final beheading, and debuting the last installment in her trilogy with no book tour.
  15. reading lists
    What to Read During Self-Quarantine, According to McNally Jackson BooksellersFrom a Silicon Valley memoir to World War II history.
  16. vulture recommends
    What to Watch and Read to Fill the March Madness VoidTen basketball-related things to read or watch that (kinda sorta) make up for missing March Madness.
  17. coronavirus
    Severance​ Predicted the Slow-Burn Performance of Our PandemicLike Ling Ma’s protagonist, we haven’t been shot out of a cannon and into a new world. We’re watching it unfold like a digitally broadcast picaresque.
  18. the winds of winter
    A Bright Side to the Coronavirus: GRRM May Finally Finish The Winds of Winter“I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day.”
  19. coronavirus
    As N.Y.’s Indie Bookstores Close Their Doors, They Search for Community Online“People are just trying to maintain a connection to the world until it opens up again.”
  20. books
    Can You Tell Anyone How to Be an Artist?Artist Laurie Simmons and our art critic Jerry Saltz (they’re old friends) talk about his new book.
  21. movie review
    Lost Girls Is an Anti-Police ProceduralThe Netflix film will make you rethink your need for a certain kind of closure in a world that has so little of it.
  22. books
    Philip Roth’s Erotic Pee Scene Is One of the Most Tender Moments in LiteratureWhat so many other writers might use just for shock value, Roth uses in a way that encapsulates these two people’s love for each other.
  23. profile
    The Disaster ArtistEmily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven is speaking to our pandemic-frenzied moment. Her new book is even bleaker.
  24. refreshers
    Everything You Need to Remember Before Reading the New Hilary Mantel BookThe Mirror and the Light caps off Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy, which began with 2009’s Wolf Hall.
  25. books
    Mike Schur’s Upcoming Book Will (Hopefully) Help You Become a Better PersonHow to Be Good: A Definitive Answer for Exactly What to Do, in Every Possible Situation will hit bookstores in 2021.
  26. eat the rich
    Why Emma Is Still Jane Austen’s Most Pleasurable HeroineGo ahead. Judge the hell out of her. That’s the point.
  27. vulture lists
    The Best Pandemic Books to Read During CoronavirusWith stakes so high, it’s easy to see why novelists find outbreaks of disease so compelling. Here are 20 great fictional takes.
  28. book excerpt
    Penny Marshall Hated Working With Barry Sonnenfeld on Big“She truly disliked me as her cinematographer.”
  29. american dirt
    7 Key Moments From Oprah’s Book Club on American DirtFeaturing its author, Jeanine Cummins, and a visit to the border wall.
  30. well well well
    Hachette Book Group Cancels Woody Allen’s Memoir“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one.”
  31. coronavirus
    Why Is Pandemic Fiction So Comforting Right Now?The coronavirus crisis is terrifying. Contagion is a surprisingly soothing way to grapple with that fear.
  32. read like the wind
    We Ride Upon Sticks and 9 More Reads I Can’t Get Out of My HeadThese books helped medicate my cabin fever, and possibly yours.
  33. books
    Publishing Staff Walk Out to Protest Woody Allen AutobiographyAt Hachette, which is set to publish the book in April, employees have walked out in solidarity with Dylan and Ronan Farrow.
  34. book drama
    My Dark Vanessa Was an Oprah’s Book Club Pick. Then It Was Abruptly Dropped.After controversies surrounding American Dirt and My Dark Vanessa, Oprah’s team decided they would not be moving forward with the book.
  35. books
    Colin Quinn to Roast All 50 States in His New BookOverstated will hit bookstores in September.
  36. book excerpt
    The History of Lip-SyncingAn excerpt from Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life.
  37. books
    Ronan Farrow Cuts Ties With Hachette Over Woody Allen MemoirFarrow called for a full fact-check of the memoir.
  38. adaptations
    Lionsgate Finally Answers Prayers With Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret PicThe original period drama.
  39. prepare yourself
    Woody Allen’s Autobiography Will Arrive Next MonthHe finally found a publisher.
  40. one grand books
    Helen McCrory’s 10 Favorite BooksFrom Fyodor Dostoevsky to Steve Coogan (yes, that one).
  41. books
    PEN World Voices Festival 2020’s Lineup RevealedHighlights include Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, and some of New York’s own.
  42. crime
    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Going to Jail for Book-Selling FraudShe was sentenced to three years for wire fraud and tax evasion.
  43. books
    The Best Sex I Ever Read Was By the Famously ‘Dick-Centric’ Henry MillerMary Gaitskill on one of the few passages where the author praises someone’s vagina.
  44. obits
    Clive Cussler, Adventure Author and Explorer, Dead at 88His novels were almost always best sellers, and, oh yeah, he discovered dozens of shipwrecks.
  45. language
    Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?The pernicious spread of garbage language.
  46. profile
    My Dark Vanessa Is Not a Love StoryAt 16, Kate Elizabeth Russell saw her book about a student’s affair with a teacher as a romance. She sees it differently now.
  47. fiction
    ‘I Was 15 and He Was 42’Chapter one of My Dark Vanessa, the debut novel from Kate Elizabeth Russell.
  48. obits
    American Novelist Charles Portis, Author of True Grit, Dead at 86The Arkansas-born writer worked as London bureau chief of the New York Herald Tribune, before returning to his home state and becoming a novelist.
  49. no time to die
    The 7 Best Revelations From the New Unauthorized James Bond BookAhead of Daniel Craig’s bow in No Time to Die, the uncertainty of what’s next has prompted historians to take a hard look back.
  50. adaptations
    All the Changes HBO’s The Outsider Makes to Stephen King’s NovelYou don’t tap Richard Price to do an adaptation and expect him not to put some of his own fingerprints on it.
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