The inside story of author Blake Bailey’s grooming of middle-school girls.
Regarding the Interpretation of Others
When attempting to write a review of the official Susan Sontag biography, our reviewer finds himself on shaky ground after learning new information about the author.
Edward Gorey: A Highly Conjectural Man
When asked if there was “anything people don’t understand” about him, Gorey responded: “Yes. No. Yes. No.” A new biography by Mark Dery attempts to sort myth from reality.
The Red Caddy
The first biography of Edward Abbey in a generation is closer to a memoir about friendship between two crusty desert rats.
Chasing the Man Who Caught the Storm: An Interview With Brantley Hargrove
An interview with Brantley Hargrove, the author of a new biography of the storm chaser Tim Samaras, who was killed by the biggest tornado ever recorded. To understand the life of a chaser, Hargrove had to become one himself.
The Real Obama: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer David J. Garrow
The author offers insights into the 44th President of the United States after interviewing over 1,000 people for Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.
Robert Caro on Understanding a President Through the Rooms He Occupied
There are facts in journalism, but there are other truths hidden in the room. In this 2016 Paris Review interview with James Santel, Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson, gives a masterclass on how to report on a subject’s behavior, his environment, his breath, and the cushiness […]