Two icons in their twilight all but stole the start of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
In “Norman Mailer: The American,” a documentary on DVD from Cinema Libre, we get to see the infamous moment when the author of “The Executioner’s Song” attempted to execute Rip Torn’s ear.
As the Norman Mailer Center and the Muhammad Ali Center passed out cash awards to young writers last night, literary lions and scions pondered investing.
Neil Armstrong, who set mankind’s first steps on the moon during Apollo 11, the mission that finally made extraterrestrial travel seem real and gave the U.S. a lead in the Cold War space race, has died. He was 82.
I’ve been mesmerized by the coverage of Curiosity’s adventures on Mars, which has occasionally made me think of “Invaders From Mars.” Also “Mars Attacks!”
Nancy Huston won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the U.K.’s “most dreaded literary prize,” for a steamy description of a threesome involving a photographer, her camera and her lover.
Gore Vidal, the prolific polemicist of the left whose novels, plays and commentary challenged fellow Americans to rethink textbook lessons about power and patriotism, has died. He was 86.
Vance Alexander sent 35 query letters to publishers and agents to pitch his book, a historical novel about a young slave in 1801 Connecticut who escapes to Canada. No one bit.
David Guterson won the U.K.’s “most dreaded literary prize,” the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, for a torrid romp between a mother and her son in “Ed King,” a recasting of the Oedipus myth.
Nicole Kidman played her as a neurotic New York housewife in love with her hirsute neighbor, a modern variation on “The Beauty and the Beast.”