A Dual Biography Looks at the Lingering Impact of Anne and Sylvia

Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz, by Gail Crowther Both were emerging poets, and both were hugely ambitious women in a cultural moment that did not know how to deal with ambitious women. Author and biographer specialized in studies of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath (cool job alert) Gail Crowther weaves together the groundbreaking similarities... Continue Reading →

Malcolm Gladwell’s Take on Stranger Dynamics

Book review: Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell (Amazon / Book Depository) We think we can easily see into the hearts of others based on the flimsiest of clues. We jump at the chance to judge strangers. We would never do that to ourselves, of course. We are nuanced and complex and enigmatic. But the... Continue Reading →

Essays on Famous Lives and Perceived Parallels

Book review: All the Lives I Want, by Alana Massey New York magazine columnist and cultural critic Alana Massey writes a collection of strange but compelling essays about "her best friends who happen to be famous strangers." They're amusing, some reach impressive analytical depth, and yet they're inconsistent in hitting their mark or striking the right... Continue Reading →

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