The author, who balanced grit and humor in some of the best crime fiction ever written, is dead at 87. Malcolm Jones interviewed him at the height of his success.
Elmore Leonard was cool. He was cool on the page, and the one time I ever met him, he was cool in person. Like all truly cool people, he didn’t seem to work at it. It just came naturally.Before he died this morning at 87, he had written more than three dozen novels and probably hundreds of short stories. A good many of those novels and stories were made into films that ranged from Westerns (Hombre, 3:10 to Yuma) to crime features (Get Shorty, Out of Sight).
Novelist Elmore Leonard has passed away at 87. His pulpy brand of crime fiction will live on not only in paperback form, but also on the silver screen. Here are the finest movie—and TV—adaptations of Leonard’s celebrated literary canon.
Elmore Leonard, the acclaimed author of 45 novels, 9 screenplays, and 3 short stories, passed away this morning in the Detroit area from complications following a stroke. He was 87 years old.The writer suffered a stroke back on July 29, and today his researcher wrote on Leonard’s official Facebook page, “The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke. He was at home surrounded by his loving family.
Suffered from complications of a stroke.
Elmore Leonard, the bestselling crime novelist and author of Hollywood screenplays such as Get Shorty, Be Cool, and Out of Sight, died Tuesday. He was 87. Leonard died from complications of a stroke he suffered three weeks ago, his researcher wrote on Leonard’s Facebook page. Leonard was at home in Detroit, surrounded by his family at the time of his death. While recovering from his stroke, Leonard had said he would continue to work on his latest novel, his 46th.
An accomplished author and lawyer, Melody Moezzi has also struggled for years with a bipolar diagnosis. Here, she recounts her first time in a psych ward and the community of women she found there.
United by helplessness, fear, fragility and common enemies, the Cottage E residents of November 2005 weren’t much different from those in myriad other residential psychiatric facilities across the country. We were, however, quite extraordinary as compared to our “normal” counterparts on the outside. There was Compass (I never learned her real name), a middleaged schizophrenic teacher who’d stabbed herself in the jugular with, you guessed it, a compass.
Adam Gollner, author of “The Book of Immortality,” profiles five billionaires pouring money into longevity research.
Of all the things money can’t buy—love, happiness, time machines—immortality is one we sure pay a lot for. According to the market-research firm Global Industry Analysts, the anti-aging industry generates more than $80 billion per year. All this despite the fact that there are no proven ways of extending human lifespan.In the past decade, longevity research has become a legitimate academic pursuit for molecular biologists. Scientists are trying to untangle the basic mechanisms that underlie aging, and the idea is catching on that growing old isn’t just a fact of life but rather a disease that can be cured through medical interventions.
Ivan Doig, the great chronicler of the Montana landscape whose new novel is ‘Sweet Thunder,’ picks his favorite books on the American West.
The American West as Living Space By Wallace StegnerOnce when I asked a prominent historian what he thought of the many writings by Stegner, novelist and English-department star at Harvard and Stanford, about the background and the West, he didn’t hesitate: “He hits the nail on the head every time, damn him.” This trio of essays, a mere 86 pages of text delivered as a set of university lectures, is a marvel—composed nearly 30 years before fracking, pine-beetle kill of forests from Colorado to British Columbia, and unprecedented fire seasons with suburbs on the front line—of exploring his great theme of the country West of the rain-halting 98th meridian, the clash of its ecologies, and its cultures.
No details yet on the cause.
Sorry, Barnes & Noble: Amazon’s back. Amazon.com shut down at approximately 2:57 p.m. Monday, staying unresponsive for about 30 minutes. The Twitterverse instantly erupted to confirm the shutdown, with one user aptly noting that it’s “not as bad as Google being down.” Details concerning the cause of the blackout have yet to be released. Lucky for Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, the website of his his newly adopted newspaper, The Washington Post, is still alive and well.
The Nigerian-born Chinelo Okparanta’s debut collection introduces the world to a defender of young women who are oppressed and silenced.
Scheming mothers and selfish husbands, fathers, and brothers domineer over the sensitive women of Happiness, Like Water, Nigerian-born Chinelo Okparanta’s debut short-story collection. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Okparanta was named one of Granta’s six New Voices in 2012. It’s a fitting honor: the unsparing stories of Happiness, Like Water show Okparanta to be a champion of young, frequently misunderstood female protagonists whose voices are too often stifled.
This Week’s Hot Reads: ‘Claire of the Sea Light,’ ‘Brief Encounters With the Enemy,’ ‘Lincoln’s Citadel’
From the Haitian master Edwidge Danticat’s new novel to the social history of the U.S. capital during the Civil War.
Claire of the Sea Light By Edwidge Danticat A child disappears from a Haitian village, showcasing how the island connects with grief in startling ways. Danticat’s latest novel is about a child who disappears from a Haitian village; as a character, she only flickers among the sadder stories of her father and the town’s residents, all of whom are distraught by her absence. Like Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, a television series similarly about a missing child and the traumas of those that know her, Claire of the Sea Light is a mood piece about a place (Haiti) and a feeling (grief) and how the two connect in startling ways.
The breakout horror film 'The Conjuring' is based on a real pair of demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren, the stars of Gerald Brittle’s book 'The Demonologist.' Stefan Beck recounts his visit to their house of horrors—and wonders just why we can’t resist the occult.
On July 30 The Hollywood Reporter announced that James Wan’s The Conjuring, a horror movie assembled on a twenty-million-dollar budget, had reached nearly eighty-seven million dollars in domestic box office sales, “surpassing high-priced tentpoles The Lone Ranger and Pacific Rim.” The Conjuring had everybody running scared: rival studio execs, nail-biting audiences, and even my mother, who pronounced the film “very believable” and informed me that a spring-roller shade had jumped from a bedroom window upon her return from the multiplex.
From the pirate behind the black market website Silk Road to a serial killer who trolls Craiglist for vulnerable white men, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Meet the Dread Pirate Roberts Andy Greenberg, ForbesThe man behind the booming black market website Silk Road.The Bullshit Police Michael Moynihan, NewsweekInside a brilliant, nerdy, and sort of insufferable movement that questions everything—and wants to upend the way you live and think.Murder by Craiglist Hanna Rosin, The AtlanticA serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims: white, working-class men.The New German Question Timothy Garton Ash, The New York Review of BooksEurope’s currency union was rushed into being to constrain Germany and keep France in the driver’s seat.
Almost everything you own and consume came to you via a container ship, but we know almost nothing about the industry. Rose George, author of the new book 'Ninety Percent of Everything,' on what keeps the world running.
Let’s play a game. I’m sitting at my desk, drinking mint tea and eating toffees. In front of me is my laptop. Around me are files, folders, books, office chaos. And as I chew, I begin to play a game: I count the ships. I count the ships behind the laptop and its components; and the one behind the toffees, made in Germany, sent by ship. The bottom of my coffee mug says it was fired in Northamptonshire, England, but still, behind the pretty patterned roses I see the ships that fetched the ink that painted them.
Award-winning screenwriter Hannah Weyer shares the inspiring real-life story behind her debut novel "On The Come Up."
Recently, I completed a book based on the life of my good friend Anna Simpson, who was raised by her immigrant mother in Far Rockaway, Queens, a neighborhood often defined by its social isolation, Section 8 housing and violent crime. Anna and I first met back in 1999 on the set of the independent film Our Song. I had just completed a documentary and was hanging around the set, shooting behind-the-scenes footage of the cast, crew and neighborhood kids.
What makes an old, forgotten book worth saving and reissuing? What literature stands the test of time to emerge from obscurity? Lauren Elkin reads two recently rediscovered books. Part One: Muriel Rukeyser’s novel about the Spanish Civil War, 'Savage Coast.'
The 2004 publication of Irène Nemirovky’s Suite Française, a projected cycle of five novellas about France during the German Occupation, left unfinished when their author was deported to Auschwitz, seems to have inspired a new round of rediscovering “lost” novels, the glory unjustly denied them by the forces of history and the ignorance of editors restored. The success of Suite Française inspired the reissue of a number of novels by Nemirovsky, some of which were popular in her lifetime, but long since out of print, some of which hadn’t been published.
The bestselling ‘Positivity’ tells us that there’s a precise tipping point at which being chipper delivers health and success, a conclusion trashed by a new study. Will Wilkinson sorts out the controversy.
If you take the "positivity self-test" on the website for Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life, a book by psychologist Barbara L. Fredrickson, the results page will tell you that "Dr. Fredrickson’s research indicates that a positivity ratio of 3 to 1 is a tipping point. This ratio divides those who merely get by in life from those who truly flourish." My "positivity ratio" wasn’t even close to 3 to 1.
Fifty years ago this week, John F. Kennedy granted a presidential pardon to jazz pianist Hampton Hawes—and helped make him a legend.
Millions of Americans found inspiration in John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, but few responded more enthusiastically than jazz pianist Hampton Hawes. Hawes watched the speech from a federal prison hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was serving a 10-year sentence on drug charges. “That’s the right cat,” he later described his reaction to the new president. “Looks like he got some soul and might listen.”The following day, Hawes told a prison official that he wanted to apply for a presidential pardon.
‘It’s rather hackwork,’ Orwell said to his friend, the writer Arthur Koestler, in a letter written in 1946. ‘The chief bore is reading the books.’
To Arthur Koestler22 March 1946 27B Canonbury Square Islington N 1Dear Arthur,The Manchester Evening News want to know whether, when I stop my reviewing for them (ie. end of April), you would like to take over my job for 6 months. I told them I didn’t think it was awfully likely you would, but that I would ask you. It’s rather hackwork, but it’s a regular 8 guineas a week (that is what they pay me—I expect you could get a bit more out of them) for about 900 words, in which one can say more or less what one likes.
In her new memoir, French Elle editor Sophie Fontanel chronicles her decision to take a stupendously long break from the carnal life. By Lizzie Crocker.
In 1934, upon returning to New York from France, expatriate novelist Henry Miller lamented that the American female was bland and conformist, lacking the charged eroticism of Parisian women. If one were to replace the actresses of the New York stage with "a poor, skinny, misshapen French woman with just an ounce of personality," Miller grumbled, it "would stop the show. She would have what the Americans are always talking about but never achieve.
Katherine Boo, Tom Reiss, Robert Hass among winners.
Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers has won another biggie. The 2013 PEN Literary Awards were announced Wednesday, and Boo's nonfiction account of poverty in India, which won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, beat out Anne Applebaum’s National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain to win the John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Former poet laureate Robert Hass received the art of the essay award, while Sergio De La Pava won the debut novelist prize. The science writing prize was awarded to Leonard Mlodinow’s Subliminal, and the biography prize went to Tom Reiss’s for The Black Count. Winners will be honored on October 21 at the CUNY Graduate Center in a ceremony hosted by comedian and writer Andy Borowitz.
To coincide with the "Anchorman" sequel’s release.
Classy! Everyone’s favorite fictional San Diego newsman, Ron Burgundy, will be writing a memoir to coincide with the release of his new film, Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written,” Burgundy (aka actor Will Ferrell) said. “I’m too close to the work.” Publishing house Crown Archetype, an imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, released an extremely serious press release about the upcoming memoir, saying the book will be available Nov. 19, one month ahead of the film’s Dec. 20 release date. "The list of legendary American broadcast news journalists is short: Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and of course, Ron Burgundy,” says Crown editor-in-chief Mauro DiPreta.
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