From the Publisher
This collection of ten of his best short stories include:
The Bird Market
The Black Monk
The Chemist's Wife
The Chorus Girl
LOS ANGELES IS A CITY OF TRAFFIC. So it only makes sense that La La Land, in theaters Dec. 9, opens in the thick of it—a long, glittering caterpillar of cars stopped on an elevated freeway that stretches out to the horizon under an enamel-blue Califo
While a few big names disappointed, many of the year’s best books were debuts or sophomore efforts. A changing of the guard is under way.
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Brit Marling discusses the folklore and real-life research that went into her trippy Netflix series.
In a year that featured standout documentaries and a truly modern Western, a musical (yes, a musical) topped them all.
THE PITCH PERFECT ALUM BECOMES BROADWAY’S HOTTEST RISING STAR WITH THE HIT MUSICAL DEAR EVAN HANSEN
The OA, Westworld, Stranger Things, and other recent works toy with the idea of multiple realities—and bring the thrill of new religion.
THE ACTOR, 43, STARS IN NETFLIX’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
JESSICA CHASTAIN IN MISS SLOANE.
HOW THE TEXAS NATIVE WENT FROM NASHVILLE’S GO-TO SONGWRITER TO BREAKOUT STAR
Stephanie Zacharek The world is full of people who announce loudly and often how much they hate musicals and how it’s unrealistic for performers to burst into song: “No one ever does that in real life!” Exactly. These people and their droning logic
THE ACTOR, 49, STARS IN THE NEW MOVIE XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
KARA WARNER You go head-to-head with Bryan Cranston in your new comedy Why Him? What was your favorite day on-set? One of the main reasons I did it was to work with Bryan. I think a lot of people forget that he came from comedy and how funny he is.
PEEK INSIDE THE CHEERFUL MANHATTAN CONDO, WHICH THE YOUNGER STAR CALLS ‘A SOPHISTICATED PLAYROOM’
A SCRAPPY (AND SEXY) NEW FOUNDING FATHER STEPS INTO THE BROADWAY SMASH—WITH AN INSPIRING SURVIVAL STORY
AFTER A TURBULENT YEAR, THE STAR IS BLISSFULLY IN LOVE, STARRING IN A HOT NEW SHOW AND OPENING UP ABOUT THE LIFE LESSONS SHE’S LEARNED
He became a TV icon on Growing Pains, but the star’s favorite role was as a real-life father of 3
Hot husband, doting dad, shooting star. Hollywood’s nicest guy blasts off in a new movie with Jennifer Lawrence
Meryl Streep shows the power of a middle-aged dreamer in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins
From politics shows to horror series, highlights from a year of listening
THE LATE LATE SHOW STAR, 38, WILL GO FROM THE CARPOOL LANE TO THE GRAMMYS STAGE
The master of supernatural suspense returns with Split, a psychological thriller that explores mental illness. Shyamalan discusses the untapped potential of the human brain and the changing nature of diversity in Hollywood
HE’S BACK! THE CONTROVERSIAL REPEAT CONTESTANT SPILLS ON THE NEW SEASON—AND WHY HE’S MISUNDERSTOOD
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FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
A DOZEN COOL THINGS TO SEE, HEAR, READ AND DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK
“IT’S A WEIRD TIME TO BE PROMOTING a movie,” Amy Adams says, pointing toward the TV in the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, a few days before the election. It’s tuned to CNN and, even in deeply blue California, tensions are running hig
The HBO drama’s finale hinted at a dark, meta message.
THE ACTRESS OPENS UP ABOUT FINDING LOVE AND RETURNING TO THE ROLE THAT CHANGED HER LIFE
JESSE GREEN CATS MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. LYRICS INSPIRED BY T. S. ELIOT. NEIL SIMON THEATRE. CATS WAS ALWAYS DIVINELY SNARKABLE, beginning with its provenance. How could anyone look at the morally knotty and verbally profound oeuvre of T. S