Monthly Archives: May 2021

Joan Schenkar, biographer of Patricia Highsmith, dies at 78

“Schenkar’s writing is witty, crisp, and light, a tremendous achievement given the immense detail of this biography,” novelist Jeanette Winterson wrote in a review of The New York Times. “Highsmith was a detail junkie. Schenkar’s method of nonlinear organization was a brilliant idea to save itself – and the reader …

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Philip Roth was his own favorite subject. What’s left for a biographer?

After dinner I turned in one of Roth’s old Eames chairs, which Bailey had inherited; the chair’s ottoman was known as “Nicole’s seat”, as in Kidman, a close friend who sat there when she visited Roth. When I asked to see Roth’s papers, Bailey took me to the third floor, …

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Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey accused of rape

Blake bailey Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images On Tuesday, WW publisher Norton & Company took what the new York Times described as “extraordinary response to allegations against [an] author ”: He has announced that he will permanently remove an out-of-print bestselling biography of author …

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Woman exchange discovered in a medieval manuscript

Scientists using infrared technology have discovered a female swap in a medieval manuscript, with a French duke’s first wife painted with the second when he remarried. The 15th-century manuscript is a Book of Hours, an illustrated prayer book commissioned by the wealthy, and is titled The Hours of Isabella Stuart. …

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Prince Harry’s own biographer bursts into a sweep of the royal family “Unfair and distasteful nonsense!” “| Royal | News

Angela Levin blasted Prince Harry on ITV’s Good Morning Britain for uttering “disagreeable unfair nonsense”. It comes after Harry criticized Prince Charles for appearing to inflict “genetic pain and suffering” before he left for Los Angeles. The royal expert, who wrote a biography of the Duke of Sussex, called the …

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Journalist captures ISIS fighter in tense online thriller

Expanding the digital age subgenre of movies told entirely on computer screens, from the personal (“Searching”) and supernatural (“Unfriended”) to geopolitical, “Profile” is a taut filmed thriller based on a real case of international terrorism. In 2014, French journalist Anna Erelle, using a false identity, established an alleged romantic relationship …

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Long-time Petaluma reporter launches first novel

In a house on Ellis Street in Petaluma, in the middle of the year, journalist, essayist and short film writer Joy Lanzendorfer sat down to write America’s next great novel. Almost two decades later, after hurricanes, tragedies and changes in the industry, this book finally hit the shelves as the …

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