John Homans

  1. music
    The Encyclopedia of New York Pop MusicAn impressionistic, anecdotal, suggestive, but by definition incomplete survey of the past 100 years of New York pop.
  2. obit
    The Wizard and the City: Very Good Times in Peter Kaplan’s Enchanted New YorkLooking back at the career of the New York Observer editor, who died on Friday at age 59.
  3. 13. Because the Knicks Are Rolling Without Jeremy Lin.We thought we’d seen this movie before. With the departure of Jeremy Lin last summer, and with each new roster acquisition, the Knicks’ season w […]
  4. 23. Because Donald Trump Finally Became the Joke We Always Knew He Was. And It’s a Pretty Funny One.It can be hard to explain to others just what one sees in a person: the purse of the lips, the nuances of hair and gait, the accent. For years, […]
  5. The City and the StormThe calm before the storm was much too calm, which should have been a clue. Forecasters had been talking about a potential Halloween hurricane—t […]
  6. The Woodward AffairShe shot hubby! Did Capote kill her?
  7. Ivan the Terrible“The nerve of a burglar!”
  8. 10. Because Bill Keller Kept His Calm.He assumed his captaincy of the New York Times in the wake of a mutiny that was among the most painful episodes in the history of the paper.
  9. 9. Because the Best Tabloid Story Was the One About the Owner.Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers did not invent Schadenfreude—and in fact, the word is too pinched to describe the kinds of emotions inspired by a st […]
  10. honorary humans
    The Debarking DebateOf course, New York dog owners pick and choose features of their pets like they’re ordering off a menu.
  11. The Rise of Dog Identity PoliticsDogs are increasingly rootless souls, country bumpkins in city apartments. But is a vegan pup still an animal?
  12. Hubris Inc.Oliver Stone’s new film, W., is about a man many would sooner forget—which didn’t stop him from making it.
  13. 19. Because Rupert Murdoch Thinks Newspapers Are a Growth BusinessWe knew it was coming. The News Corp. Death Star has moved into place over the Wall Street Journal. Richard Zannino, the Dow Jones CEO who forge […]
  14. Julian Schnabel’s Vie En RoseHe was the most famous—and controversial—painter of the eighties. But now, with a powerful new movie, and a pinkish Village palazzo, he’s thrivi […]
  15. Tom Perrotta’s Sex-Ed BookReading Tom Perrotta’s new novel, ‘The Abstinence Teacher’, you might just imagine that you’ve picked up his last one, ‘Little Children’, by mistake.
  16. The Kids Are—Yawn—AlrightTeenagers assumed their current form in 1945, says Teenage. No wonder their antics can seem a little stale.
  17. Because We Have Four, Yes Four, Presidential WannabesJust a few years ago, New York was so far from the political mainstream that secession seemed a sensible idea. Now, apparently, the road to the […]
  18. Fillet of SoulAndrew Sullivan strips conservatism to its core, slicing out the fundamentalism. But his most interesting argument is with himself.
  19. Orifice RexFrom whence does the sublime emerge? In his wonderful new novel, Memorial, Bruce Wagner has some ideas.
  20. Richard Ford’s Manly MeditationsReading Ford, you can feel uplifted and empowered in a way that might make you wonder if his books are really novels at all, and not some sublim […]
  21. The Long FuneralHow 9/11 gave way to grief culture.
  22. Read and Approved: Eclectic Beach FareStill looking for a summer book that isn’t 100 percent trashy? Perhaps even one that’s 100 percent non-trashy (say, on Spinoza)? Here are five n […]
  23. Pasta and Kidney StonesThe charmed, tortured writer’s life of Gay Talese.
  24. Crack-upJames Frey’s messy story.
  25. Because In Spite of Everything, Our Hometown Newspaper Is Still the Greatest in the WorldNo. 53 In his legendary torture-chamber staff meetings, Abe Rosenthal, executive editor of the New York Times during the seventies and eighties […]
  26. Because Bush Is Not Our FaultNo. 1After every malapropism, every inadvertent display of incuriosity, every heartbreaking show of incompetence, we can remind ourselves we had […]
  27. The Monster from Manhattan‘Capote’ captures the predator within the journalist.
  28. In Remembrance: Sarah Jewler, Colleague and FriendShe had every confidence she could push back, wear down her disease, outlast it. We’re terribly sad that this is one battle she didn’t win.
  29. The Weekend WorrierTo have your own fun in the summer, it appears necessary to have contempt for someone else’s.
  30. Aural ReportGeoffrey O’Brien uses the pop music he grew up with as the madeleine to unlock his memory. Too bad he can’t quite take us with him.
  31. Soft AloftChang-rae Lee’s new novel of the Long Island suburbs, Aloft, is billowing and insubstantial, like a cloud on a summer afternoon.
  32. Saint BoozeAfter saving himself from alcohol, Bill Wilson founded AA and saved millions of others. But Susan Cheever forgives him his other addictions.
  33. Bet NoirIn new memoirs, David Denby and Pete Rose explore the dark side of the American Dream. They didn’t plan to be quite so funny.
  34. Kings of AmericaIn his new book, ex-Republican Kevin Phillips writes less a work of history than a screed and a lament. He hasn’t changed; the GOP has.
  35. The Place To BeFrom the Stork and El Morocco to Max’s, Studio, and Moomba, legends were made in the nighttime. 100 years of New York’s greatest s […]
  36. Blue’s CluesA blue notebook holds the key to the overintricate plot of Paul Auster’s new novel about a blocked writer from—how did you guess?& […]
  37. Daddy WarholSteven Watson’s excellent new history of Warhol in the sixties shows him as a highly permissive father in a Manhattan avant-garde sitcom.
  38. HellywoodIn his hilarious (often repulsive) Still Holding, Bruce Wagner devises a world of torment (and ironic Buddhist salvation) for Beverly Hills.
  39. Better Off TedA new biography argues that far from drowning them in domesticity, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath’s marriage enabled them to write.
  40. California Screamin’Joan Didion has checked out of California—but as her new memoir, Where I Was From, shows, she can never leave.
  41. Fear of FlyingJonathan Lethem’s new novel is located somewhere on a grid defined by race relations, a comic book, and spaldeens. But where, exactly?
  42. To Tie-Die ForFrom the colorful literature-devouring vortex that was the Grateful Dead tour emerges Max Ludington’s lucid, powerful new novel.
  43. Cassus BellowWhy does Adam Bellow praise nepotism? He says it has nothing to do with his famous father. Really.
  44. Electric Ladies’ ManBenjamin Franklin, genius and rake, the first American superstar, proves more than a match for Walter Isaacson in a new biography.
  45. Hill of DreamsLiving History comes up short on gossip and revenge, but why blame Hillary for being a politician?
  46. Sex, What a PityCandace Bushnell helped invent the world she describes in her new novel—so why does Trading Up feel like it was written by someone […]
  47. Mortal SplendorThe depth and richness of Norman Rush’s second novel, Mortals, give him his own shelf in the canon.
  48. Reading Roone’sBy changing TV—first ABC Sports, then ABC News—Roone Arledge changed the way we see the world (and invented a host of stars, from Ge […]
  49. Descent of ManJames Frey’s barroom machismo is the key to a swaggering recovery in his new memoir of addiction.
  50. Pulling the PlugFrom the wilderness (the Adirondacks) comes a voice (Bill McKibben’s Enough) telling us that the end is near unless we repent (tech […]
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