The Big Lebowski Meets The Big Sleep

The other night I settled down to watch "The Big Lebowski," a terrific Coen brothers film that features three of my favorite actors (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi) playing three of my favorite characters (the Dude, Walter Sobchek, and Donny Kerabatsos). The Dude, Donny, and Walter I'd last watched ...

Trollope versus Hawthorne: Where’s the “Beef”?

Anthony TrollopeThere are many reasons to admire the 19th-century British novelist Anthony Trollope, beginning with his sparkling prose and vivid characters. And for those of us who write novels but haven't been able to quit our day job, here's another reason: during much of his writing career, the remarkably ...

The 6 Great American Baseball Novels

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." Those words--written by American scholar Jacques Barzun--are now engraved on a plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In his book, God's Country and Mine: A Declaration of Love Spiced with a Few Harsh Words ...

All Our Yesterdays: A Salute to the Bard

We have all heard--over and over and over again--that the greatest writer in the history of English literature is William Shakespeare. And we can all recognize how remarkable it is that plays he wrote more than four centuries ago--dramas and comedies performed for the masses--are still being performed around the ...