Samantha Geimer was 13 years old when famed director Roman Polanski coaxed her into having sex during a photo shoot. In her new memoir, she revisits the case.
Before it became a 30-year international legal saga, the Roman Polanski case was a story about a powerful man and a powerless young girl. In her new memoir, The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski, Samantha Geimer, the 50-year-old woman whom Polanski had sex with in 1977, when she was only 13, tells that story, offering an intimate look at one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood history. Polanski, now 80 and living in exile in Europe, recently granted a rare interview about the case with Vanity Fair’s James Fox, in which he discussed his “persecution” by the legal system and the nature of his exile, a term he rejects, saying, “I was moving freely for 32 years.
Twelve years ago, David Harris-Gershon's young wife, Jamie, was having lunch at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Frank Sinatra cafeteria when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near her table, killing two of their friends. Harris-Gershon was at home when an acquaintance called to inform him that Jamie had been “lightly injured.” Panicked, the young American careened in a taxi to Hadassah Hospital and discovered that “lightly injured” meant, in Jamie's case, a familiar face that had been rendered unrecognizable.
The author of the new novel ‘Traveling Sprinkler’ talks about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Wikipedia, and writing in the car.
NC: Where did you grow up? NB: We moved from New York City to Rochester, New York, when I was 2. I went to public schools there and rode my bike a lot, and then I spent a year at the Eastman School of Music on Main Street, where I played the bassoon and wrote short compositions—modernistic but tonal. Where do you live and why? My wife, Margaret, and I live in a small town in Maine, about 20 minutes from the coast. Maine’s slogan is “The Way Life Should Be,” and it’s true.
The novelist of our paranoid age has finally met his match in his new novel about the Internet, 9/11 and New York. Alexander Nazaryan on how Pynchon’s endless curiosity finally got him in trouble.
Thomas Pynchon may have finally met his match. I don’t mean that another novelist has superseded him—the wily old postmodernist remains as fine a writer as we have. Rather, in his new novel, Bleeding Edge, Pynchon has encountered a subject that resists even his ample literary capacities.I am referring to the Internet, which in this curious detective novel is for Pynchon what Los Angeles was for Chandler, a lurid tangle of paths whose only aim is to obscure.
Why do the best 9/11 novels only deal with 9/11 in oblique ways? Jimmy So looks at how writers have contended with the legacy of the Al Qaeda attacks.
“For those in the immediate vicinity, the horror was of course immediate and unmistakable,” columnist Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in the first issue of The New Yorker published after Sept. 11, 2001, in what must have been a somewhat agonizing session of chiseling in the stone a first draft of the emotional response to the attacks that killed some 3,000 people. For their families and friends, the acts of violence were personal. But for those who witnessed the events from far away, “it will take months—or years—to measure their impact and meaning.
Welcome to Norman Rush’s new novel, ‘Subtle Bodies,’ where old friends have gathered to rehash the past and scramble the future. Tom LeClair on a master’s briefest masterpiece.
Norman Rush and his wife, Elsa, were co-directors of the Peace Corps in Botswana from 1978 to 1983. He has said he brought back to America cartons of material from which he and Elsa (I’ll explain shortly) produced three books of fiction set in Africa: a collection of stories entitled Whites; the novel Mating, which won the National Book Award in 199l; and in 2003 the novel Mortals, which received many admiring reviews. Each novel is longer and more ambitious in its cultural range and literary risks than the book before.
A foreign war with thousands murdered, and an America unwilling to intervene. When President Roosevelt sought to intervene against the Nazis, America said no. Marc Wortman on the parallels to Obama’s call for action in Syria—and what he can learn from FDR.
Today we know the Second World War as the “good war." Even before the war in Europe began on September 1, 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt expected America would become embroiled in the horrific conflict in Europe and possibly in Asia. But his many opponents did all they could to make sure America would never fight what they tagged derisively as "Roosevelt's war." Whether President Obama succeeds in persuading Congress to authorize a strike in Syria or not, he might look back to his predecessor’s bitter struggle.
Authors span five continents.
The shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. Robert Macfarlane, the chair of the judging committee, called this year's group of finalists “unmistakably the most diverse in Man Booker Prize history.” The six novels, by authors spanning five different continents, are We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Harvest by Jim Crace, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. The winner of the British Commonwealth’s most prestigious literary prize will be announced on October 15th.
A new book suggests the perfect cocktail for a host of parenting situations, from dealing with explosive poo to endless recitations of 'Goodnight Moon.’
EXPLOSIVE POO Mommy used to get shit done. Now she gets shit on. How does such a tiny person consistently produce so much volume? It gets in every little crevice down there. It goes up your back. It goes down your legs. It goes sideways? First it started out as sticky black tar. Then the mustard stuff. Which, in hindsight, wasn’t so bad. Mommy didn’t realize how good she had it when you were exclusively fed breast milk. Now that you’re eating solids, this shit is getting real, fast.
The author of the phenomenally successful ‘Hitler’s Willing Executioner’ and the new book ‘The Devil That Never Dies,’ about the resurgence of anti-Semitism, picks the most important books about prejudice.
1. The Nature of Prejudice by Gordon W. Allport. The classic about prejudice that was the gold standard when published and remains so today. A comprehensive survey of the issues and brimming with insight. 2. Slavery and Social Death by Orlando Patterson. A magisterial treatment of the worst systems of domination and exploitation that are embedded in prejudicial views about human beings, it reveals the complex interaction of prejudicial beliefs, social institutions and practice, and larger social and political systems.
Gather round while Rush Limbaugh retells American history for young readers. Or not. Michelle Cottle on why you should take your kids and run as fast as you can in the other direction.
Rush Limbaugh is coming for your children. Not in the flesh, thank God. But on his radio show last Thursday, the right’s favorite gasbag announced that, after a two-decade hiatus, he is returning to the publishing world, this time with a history lesson for the grade-school set.The title of his forthcoming book is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. As befitting an author of such extraordinary narcissism, the book’s hero is “a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens,” and the book’s cover features the colonial-themed caricature of Limbaugh that also serves the logo of his patriot-themed brand of iced tea.
The National Book Awards Longlist—the first in the prize’s history—will be announced exclusively on The Daily Beast starting next Monday, September 16.
The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will partner exclusively with The Daily Beast to announce its 2013 Longlists. The categories consist of 10 books each from the genres of Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction selected by a panel of expert judges. On Monday, September 16 at 9 a.m., the Longlist for Young People's Literature will be revealed exclusively at thedailybeast.com, followed by the Longlist for Poetry on Tuesday, September 17 at 9 a.
New book is “inaccurate” and “unfair.”
Don’t get excited about Ben Urwand’s headline-friendly new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler, film critic David Denby writes in The New Yorker. First of all, it’s not exactly a big reveal that Jewish studio bosses in the 1930s killed anti-Nazi films and removed Jewish characters from films—that’s been known for years. The book’s most sensational claim—that these bosses were “financing the German war machine”—is not really based in reality and is “inaccurate” and “unfair” to boot. Urwand seems to believe the studio bosses had the most evil of motives, taking into account the depth of the Holocaust—something that nobody at the time could ever have guessed. “The studios didn’t advance Nazism, they failed to oppose it,” Denby concludes.
Forget the so-called revelations about his war experience, his letters to young women, or his testicles, and go back to the Glass family stories. There, says Andrew Romano, is all we ever need to know and understand about Salinger. That’s as close as we’ll ever get—and we should be satisfied with that.
On the last day of May 1959 The New Yorker printed a story—or, more precisely, a novella-length cri de coeur—called “Seymour: An Introduction.” It was the first new work by J.D. Salinger to appear in the magazine, or anywhere else, in more than two years, and it wound up being the second-to-last thing Salinger published before his death in 2010, five decades later. By 1959, Salinger had long since retreated, both physically and psychically, to Cornish, New Hampshire, becoming in the process America’s most notorious literary recluse—a title he would retain for the rest of his life, despite Thomas Pynchon’s plucky efforts to dethrone him.
In her clever new novel, U.K. author Gill Hornby goes inside the mean-girls world of privileged moms.
Bestselling U.K. novelist Gill Hornby, author of The Hive and younger sister of Nick (High Fidelity) Hornby, is the hipster housewife's mischievous, experienced big sister. Her Twitter account (@GillHornby) overflows with domestic porn: a cat recovering from giving birth, a mountain of strawberries from her garden (soon to be preserved in mason jars)—and yes, the eggs in that homemade Pavlova ("berries from our hedge") were laid by one of Hornby’s 10 chickens.
The NYPD is fighting off harsh criticism of its intelligence division in the new book ‘Enemies Within.’ The division’s head talks to Michael Daly—and an officer tells his extraordinary story of living among jihadis.
The man did not imagine the turn his life was about to take when he reported in his NYPD application that he was fluent in Arabic. “I had no idea what’s in store for me,” he says. He had wanted to be a cop since he was a youngster. His great hope was to become a member of the elite Emergency Service Unit (ESU). “The whole lights and sirens, busting in doors,” he says. “All the stuff on TV.” But before he entered the academy, he was quietly approached by a member of the NYPD intelligence division who inquired if he would be interested in going undercover.
A three-year journey across the Eurasian Steppe, a Cheeveresque story collection, and a new novel from a master of the quiet moment.
On The Trail Of Genghis Khan By Tim Cope The truly epic tale of a professional explorer’s three-year journey across the Eurasian Steppe.There are plenty of fine books written by people who go off on adventures and return to set their story to paper, but Tim Cope’s adventure, recalled in On the Trail of Genghis Khan, puts almost all of them to shame. His was a 6,000-mile journey on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary that lasted over three years.
A new book makes big claims for how Hollywood collaborated with Nazi censorship before World War II, but Christopher Bray says hold on, isn’t that just good business? See what happens in China today.
In the preface to his essay collection Language and Silence George Steiner bemoans the knowledge “that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day’s work at Auschwitz in the morning.” Ben Urwand’s new book has similarly daunting news for movie buffs. Adolf Hitler loved the silver screen too. In the company of his household staff and whatever guests he was entertaining, he would watch a picture every night, either in the private cinema he had fitted in the Reich Chancellery or in the great hall of his holiday home, the Berghof near Berchtesgaden.
A new biography by A. Scott Berg makes the case for Woodrow Wilson as an unrecognized great American president. Michael Kazin isn’t convinced by this portrait of a man whose idealism outpaced his accomplishments.
Few Americans who care about their nation’s past think fondly of Woodrow Wilson; the ahistorical majority probably doesn’t think about him at all. Six presidents in the 20th century managed to win re-election; Wilson is the only one who lacks a distinguishing trait—such as FDR’s perpetual smile, Nixon’s angry paranoia, or Reagan’s hearty optimism—or a nickname—like Dick, or Ike, or Bill. And he achieved nothing, like the New Deal or a conservative “revolution,” that would earn him either mass hatred or reverence today.
'Most favored' clauses banned for 5 years.
Regulation is coming to the world of Internet commerce. On Friday, a judge issued an order for Apple to alter e-book contracts containing a clause that may limit price competition. The clause in question, called a "most favored nation" clause, gave Apple preferential treatment and allowed the company to control the prices offered to its competitors. Apple will now be prevented from employing such preferential treatment for the next five years. For the first two years, an outside auditor will monitor the tech giant's compliance with the order.
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