In a new book, 'Humans of New York,' photographer Brandon Stanton curates his vibrant portraits of New Yorkers on the city’s streets. He talks to Allison McNearney.
In 2008, Brandon Stanton lost his job as a bond trader in Chicago. Instead of rushing to find a new trading position, he did what most of us wish we could do: he grabbed his camera. Deciding to take a sabbatical and indulge what was previously just a hobby, Stanton began to travel around the country to take portraits of residents of the major U.S. cities. After photographing over 600 people on the streets of New York, Stanton realized he was on to something—and decided to focus full-time on telling the story of the people who live in the most populated city in America.
Author of ‘The Luminaries’ is youngest winner ever at 28.
Eleanor Catton began writing her second novel, The Luminaries, when she was 25. Now, at 28, she is the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize ever. This year's chair of judges, the writer and critic Robert Macfarlane, praised the maturity of the work, saying, “you read every sentence and you are astonished by its knowledge and its poise." Catton, from New Zealand, will be the last winner to compete against solely authors from the Commonwealth. Next year, American authors will also be considered for the prize.
Guardian reader’s choice: Zoe Venditozzi
The Guardian has named the recipient of its annual Not-the-Booker Prize, and despite it being a prize created in response to the Booker’s controversial choices, the 2013 winner was not the reader’s choice. Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life was chosen by a judging committee made up of blogger and book reviewer Simon Savidge, writer and researcher Simon Moore, and TV producer Victoria James; Guardian readers voted overwhelmingly in favor of Zoe Venditozzi’s Anywhere's Better Than Here. Atkinson will receive a special “Not the Booker” commemorative mug.
Calls Nobel Prize ‘a joke.’
Bret Easton Ellis, who has not won a Nobel Prize, took to Twitter to say that new Nobel laureate Alice Munro is “so completely overrated.” In a second tweet, The American Psycho author wrote that, “the Nobel is a joke and has been for ages.” Munro’s win has been praised by several high profile writers, including A.S. Byatt, Colm Tóibín and Anne Enright; apparently, most of Ellis’s followers also support the Nobel’s decision. He was forced to recant somewhat after widespread backlash, writing that, “the sentimental hatred for me has made me want to re-read Munro, who I never really got, because now I feel like I've beaten-up Santa Claus.”
James Franco’s first novel, a Dickensian ghost story, an ugly incident in American racial history, and England’s second-place effort in the race for the atomic bomb.
Actors Anonymous by James Franco. Though James Franco can now add “novelist” to his already lengthy curriculum vitae, his new book Actors Anonymous is less a novel than a collection of tangentially related short works, both fictional and non-fictional. He may not yet be a good enough writer to sustain a full scale novel, but Franco can write compelling short fiction. Of particular note are “McDonalds I” and “McDonalds II,” a pair of short stories about a struggling actor who works at a drive-thru, as Franco himself did before being discovered.
Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick on how President Obama should handle the crisis in Syria. Their series ‘The Untold History of the United States’ is now available on Blu-Ray and in paperback.
Kudos to Vladimir Putin for proposing a formula to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. Any action that reduces stockpiles of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons anywhere should be applauded. Each day’s news testifies to the fact that the world is awash in weapons, both “conventional” and unconventional. That the United States accounted for 78 percent of world arms sales in 2011, according to the Congressional Research Service, is not something to be proud of.
The famed chef is out with ‘Daniel: My French Cuisine,’ the definitive cookbook of his legendary 3-Michelin-starred New York restaurant Daniel. He picks his four favorite dishes for us, including the elaborately detailed squab vadouvan pastille and exhaustively precise miso-glazed sea scallop rosacea. Follow the directions if you dare!
Poulet à l’EstragonRice pilaf and yellow wax beansServes 6 to 8Poulet à l’EstragonSalt15 golf ball–size tomatoes1 tablespoon (14g) butter2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil2 (2- (0.9kg) to 3- pound (1.4kg)) farm-raised chickens, each cut into 8 piecesFreshly ground white pepper4 large shallots, sliced10 ounces (283.5) pearl onions2 tablespoons (32g) tomato paste3 tablespoons (24g) flour1/2 cup tarragon (120ml) vinegar2 cups (480ml) Chicken Stock (see base recipe)1/2 bunch tarragonRice Pilaf1 1/2 cups (270g) basmati rice2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil1 shallot, minced2 tablespoons (28g) butter2 1/2 cups (600ml) Chicken Stock (see base recipe)1 teaspoon (2g) salt1 bay leaf2 sprigs thyme2 sprigs tarragonYellow Wax Bean FricasséeSalt1 pound (0.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, in ‘Mad About the Boy,’ the third ‘Bridget Jones’ installment, author Helen Fielding kills off her hapless heroine’s soulmate. But British fans tell Tom Sykes it was a necessary step.
If you are a Bridget Jones fan, then you will surely have already heard the news: Mark Darcy is dead! Yes, in the opening pages of the new Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy, released on Tuesday, we learn that Darcy has passed away five years before. Bridget is now a wealthy but permanently frazzled widow and mum to two small kids.And it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband, or at the very least a good shag.
For tens of thousands of years the reality of human existence was discomfort. It is only in recent years—evolutionary speaking—that homo sapiens have been able to kick back and relax. In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease’, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman explains why this new phenomenon of being comfortable is hazardous to your health.
In the late 1920s, two enterprising young men from Michigan held a contest to name the upholstered reclining chair they had invented. From the many submissions, they chose La-Z-Boy (other entries were Sit-N-Snooze and Slack-Back), and the company is still producing luxury chairs of the same name.Yet for the same price as some La-Z-Boy chairs, you could buy a round-trip airplane ticket to the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll be hard-pressed to find chairs, let alone ones with cushioning, reclining backs, and leg rests.
There’s a lot riding on the role of Christian Grey in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film—a potential blockbuster franchise, and the core of Focus Features’ rebranding effort. So who should play the suave S&M fiend?
It ain’t easy being kinky.The official reason given by Universal Pictures was an “immersive TV schedule” which wouldn’t allow enough time to “adequately prepare for the role,” but reports suggest that the fan frenzy got to Charlie Hunnam.On Saturday, Hunnam, 33, dropped out of the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E.L. James’s bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. And, while shooting on the sixth season of his FX drama Sons of Anarchy was to end Oct.
The French master wrote to fellow painter Camille Pissarro to cheer him up, jeer at Monet, and coin the saying that painting isn’t ‘a playing card.’
To Camille Pissarro L’Estaque, 2 July 1876 Mon cher Pissarro, I’m obliged to reply to the charm of your magic pencil with an iron point (that’s to say a metal pen). If I dared, I should say that your letter is imprinted with sadness. The picture business isn’t going well; I fear that your morale may be colored a little grey, but I’m sure that it’s only a passing phase. I’d much rather not talk about the impossible, yet I’m always making plans that are very unlikely to come to fruition.
A new literary biography of the Lolita author argues that his most enigmatic novel is a sly commentary on the Cold War, writes Michael Weiss.
As Edward Snowden sat weighing his fortunes in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport last July, a man called Anton Bakov created a minor news item in Russia for offering to bestow a singular form of asylum on the fugitive NSA contractor. As URA.ru, a Russian news agency, put it, Bakov is a “Urals genius of political creativity... who has proclaimed himself prime minister of the Russian Empire of the North Pole and Antarctica,” a country that “does not have diplomatic relations with any state or, according to Bakov, need them.
In a new biography, Johnny Carson’s best friend Henry Bushkin argues that no one really knew him, writes Malcolm Jones. Not even Bushkin.
It is a truth not universally acknowledged—but it should be—that an artist’s work is always that artist’s best foot forward. That is, the art that drew you to that person is the best thing about them. If the artist also happens to be kind or generous or brave, clean, and reverent, that’s just gravy. And the genre doesn’t matter—a classical pianist, a sculptor, a graffiti tagger, an ecdysiast, or a stand up comic. But for the sake of this story, let’s stick with the comedian.
One of the most brilliant generals to ever defeat America died last week, but he has never gotten the due he deserves in the West. James Warren on Vietnam’s General Giap—and how he took America down.
Just before the American ground war in Vietnam began in March 1965 with the landing of a brigade of US Marines at Danang, General Vo Nguyen Giap, who had been commander in chief of Communist armed forces in Vietnam since 1944, told a television interviewer that “Things are going badly for the enemy, because the South Vietnamese soldiers do not want to fight for the Americans. But we are in no hurry. The longer we wait, the greater will be the Americans’ defeat.
From the final wedge between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to private Christian schools’ war on gay teenagers, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
A 4Chan Cam-Girl Grows UpAllie Conti, Miami New TimesAt age 13, she began posting suggestive photos of herself on the internet, and her growing fanbase pushed her for more. By the time she was an adult, Loli-chan would be suspended from her Catholic high school, committed to a psych ward, and driven to real sex work.The Final Insult in the Bush-Cheney MarriagePeter Baker, The New York Times MagazineHow Dick Cheney finally lost the president.
Novelist Gish Jen talked to Alice Munro’s two closest editors, Ann Close and Chip McGrath, about the beloved Canadian writer’s rise from struggling mother to Nobel laureate.
We all love the Alice Munro-as-struggling-writer stories. There is the story of how, when Munro made it onto the cover of Time Canada, she couldn’t afford to buy a copy of the magazine and also get milk for her children. (Of course, she bought the milk.) Or what about the story of how she came to write stories instead of novels because while she could put off her housework for three weeks, she just couldn’t for two years? Munro is our Cinderella.
In his new masterpiece on the evolution of Amsterdam as the world’s most liberal city, Russell Shorto examines the dawning of one of the darkest periods in Dutch history.
The stories of three families may give a sense of this hopeful, newly expansive, but brief moment of the city’s history. Of course, many of the Jews who moved into the new district were diamond workers. A cluster of streets preserves the memory of the time in their names: Topaz Street, Diamond Street, Emerald Square. One couple in particular moved to Sapphire Street. Another moved a few blocks up the river. The boy from the one family, whose name was Joël Brommet, fell in love with Rebecca Ritmeester, the girl from the other.
Legendary editor Starling Lawrence talks about his novel The Thief of Words, his Peace Corps experience, and the works that inspired him with his colleague editor Jilly Bialosky.
Starling Lawrence’s new novel, The Thief of Words, is fiercely intelligent and intimate, written with elegance, urgency, and an incredible command of language. Owen, a writer, is trying to uncover the mystery of his doomed love’s past in Sierra Leone as he grieves for his dying wife. Moving backward in time, we learn about Nora Fenton, an American innocent whose life is shattered by the complexities of race, religion and the hidden politics of the diamond trade.
The Amazon founder and new Washington Post owner sends his employee ominous questions marks, rants about ‘stupid pills’ in office emails, and has a unicyclist father, according to a new book.
For his upcoming book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone was refused an interview with his subject, the Amazon founder and now Washington Post owner—but he still managed to cobble together an exhaustive history of the online marketplace by talking with "hundreds of current and former friends" of the enigmatic leader. From tracking down Bezos's birth father to spilling the businessman’s best insults, here are the most revealing bits from an excerpt released on Thursday.
From Watergate to Princess Diana’s crash to mobsters, investigator Terry Lenzner has been involved in all kinds of conspiracy, but the real message of his new memoir: we’ve lost any interest in the real truth. By Jake Whitney
In the fall of 1998, Terry Lenzner’s investigative firm, IGI, was hired to look into the death of Princess Diana. The client was Mohammad al-Fayed, the father of Dodi Fayed, Diana’s lover who also perished in the car crash in Paris. Fayed was convinced that the crash was no accident, that it was a plot by the British government to prevent Diana from marrying his son. There were legitimate questions about the crash, Lenzner believed, so he agreed to take the case.
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