The Afghan odyssey of two Pakistani brothers finds fabled beauty amidst modern warfare. [...]
A quintet celebrating The Divine Comedy author's wickedly rich poetics.
The Da Vinci Code's author on defining hell, challenging his hero, and deciphering Dante in his latest historical thriller, Inferno. [...]
A modern werewolf novel attempts to give 21st-century terror an additional bite. [...]
Is This Tomorrow's author on suburban crimes, broken hearts, and bygone eras.
This newly reissued Cold War classic profiles an Israeli spy obsessed with an English girl half his age, and his attempts to win her love without ever revealing his true identity. [...]
Jane Austen wrote her novels while entertaining guests. Stravinsky stood on his head. Ben Franklin walked his courtyard nude. Mason Currey profiles these and other inspiring work habits and routines of geniuses. [...]
James MacManus diligently recreates French poet Charles Baudelaire’s fiery romance with his “Black Venus” - the Haitian singer who fueled his most notorious work, Les Fleurs du Mal. [...]
May 18: Parade, the "first modern ballet," premiered in Paris on this day in 1917. The production was a collaboration of some of modernism's most famous -- music by Erik Satie, scenario by Jean Cocteau, costumes by Picasso, dancing by [...]
May 15: The Eiffel Tower opened on this day in 1889. Built just a few years after New York had erected the Statue of Liberty (its internal structure also by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel), the tower was regarded by most at home [...]