Nathaniel Rich is the author of Odds Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. (February 2014)
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000), Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) three films directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
West of Memphis a film directed by Amy Berg
Life After Death by Damien Echols
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
Five Noir Novels of the 1940s & 50s: Dark Passage, Nightfall, The Burglar, The Moon in the Gutter, Street of No Return by David Goodis, edited by Robert Polito
Sex and Death to the Age 14 by Spalding Gray
Swimming to Cambodia by Spalding Gray
Monster in a Box by Spalding Gray
Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray
Gray’s Anatomy by Spalding Gray
It’s a Slippery Slope by Spalding Gray
Morning, Noon and Night by Spalding Gray
Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue by Spalding Gray
The Journals of Spalding Gray edited by Nell Casey
And Everything Is Going Fine a film directed by Steven Soderbergh
A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Criterion Collection,
Sailor and Lula: The Complete Novels by Barry Gifford
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography by Mitchell Zuckoff
Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King by Foster Hirsch
The World and Its Double:The Life and Work of Otto Preminger by Chris Fujiwara
Preminger: An Autobiography by Otto Preminger
P.P.P.: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Death edited by Bernhart Schwenk and Michael Semff, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Zigaina
Pasolini: A Biography by Enzo Siciliano, translated from the Italian by John Shepley
Pasolini Requiem by Barth David Schwartz
Stories from the City of God: Sketches and Chronicles of Rome, 1950–1956 by Pier Paolo Pasolini, edited by Walter Siti and translated from the Italian by Marina Harss
The great Northeast Blackout of August 2003 passed without Robert Silvers’s notice—or at least without him giving the impression of noticing. While I and the other assistants, racing to the windows to see what was happening outside, frantically speculated about terrorist attacks, Bob sat at his desk, resolutely editing a manuscript about Mesopotamian art of the third millennium BC.
There are few acts more debasing than knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for his vote. Picture the scene: early afternoon, an empty residential street in Cleveland, Tampa, or, in my case this past week, Virginia Beach. The canvasser stands on the doorstep bedecked like a jester in colorful stickers. The stickers, which bear candidates’ names, are important; without them he might be confused for a bill collector or traveling salesman. He juggles clipboard, pen, voter information forms, and pamphlets (the “literature,” in campaign-speak) and forces a smile. Dogs growl as soon as the doorbell chimes. If the canvasser is lucky, the door opens. Small children and pets escape, attacking his legs. A wary figure appears: a woman on the phone, holding an infant; a dowager in a flowery housedress; a man in gym clothes who hasn’t shaved in a week.
Anderson’s work is a sublime tribute to the wonders of the natural world. His ecstatic use of color, particularly in his watercolors and murals, gives his art a mesmerizing, psychedelic quality.
The towns of Lutcher and Gramercy, fifty miles upriver from New Orleans, throw the best Christmas party in the state of Louisiana.
Room 220 is the only place to find serious (and also irreverent) discussion of literature in New Orleans. Its fall reading series begins September 27.
Three times a day, chefs from such New Orleans restaurants like Brennan’s and Dooky Chase hold cooking exhibitions in the Bug Appétit room of the Tiny Termite Cafe, serving insect dishes with a Cajun twist.
Highlights of Louisiana's fall festival season include the Zwolle Tamale Festival, the Lecompte Pie Festival, and the Rayne Frog Festival. But the season’s crowning glory is the 23rd Annual Mirliton Festival.
Swamp Pop, Dancehall Cajun, Cajun Contemporary, Crescent City Soul, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Low-Country Swing, Bayou Boogaloo, Swamp Stomp, Creole Caterwaul—they can all be heard at this biweekly dance party held in the upstairs lounge at Mimi’s.
Of the more than 400 festivals held in Louisana this year, the crowning glory is the Duck Festival, held in Gueydan, the self-proclaimed “Duck Capital of America.”