Today's Five Best Columns
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May 6, 2013 9:56AM ET
Last night's Mad Men is being called the comeback episode. There was Joan calling out the Don Draper-man's world, Megan's mother Marie giving sex tips and drinking straight from a bottle of wine, and Peggy fantasizing about her boss. Oh, and a twist, too.
Apr 29, 2013 9:36AM ET
Last night's episode of Mad Men, "The Flood," brought our characters to a pivotal date in history: April 4, 1968, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Apr 26, 2013 4:10PM ET
The merger between the two huge publishers is on schedule, and may even happen more quickly than anticipated, according to an internal memo that went out Friday morning.
Apr 26, 2013 9:23AM ET
It is a fact, whether sad or happy, that when a book becomes a movie with a big star or two and a lot of press, that book generally gets a new cover. Such is the case for The Great Gatsby, and some people are sad about that.
Apr 25, 2013 4:28PM ET
Since we learned their names one week ago, some have called Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev terrorists, a labeling supported by the news that they hatched a plan to bomb New York — not just "party" there. Others have called them bros, and maybe — just maybe — that's a way of regaining some semblance of power.
Apr 25, 2013 10:49AM ET
In the upcoming New York Times Sunday Review, American novelist Amanda Filipacchi writes of a recent discovery that further evinces the issue of sexism as it persists in the literary world. This time, it's happening on Wikipedia.
Apr 24, 2013 12:32PM ET
For the last two years, 20-year-old Shane Burcaw has shared his tales of life with spinal muscular atrophy on the wildly popular Tumblr called Laughing at My Nightmare. Now he's writing a memoir, which he just sold to Macmillan.
Apr 24, 2013 10:37AM ET
David Itzkoff's piece in The New York Times about nine letters sent from a 22-year-old (pre-Catcher in the Rye) J.D. Salinger to a young Toronto woman reveals that the author was flirty, a bit of a fibber, and maybe a little bit heartbroken.
Apr 24, 2013 9:45AM ET
Mark Bittman has a new column in The New York Times. It's about food, but also it's about the way we eat in these trying food times. It's called The Flexitarian.
Apr 23, 2013 4:48PM ET
Why strike "Do you know my name?" or the more popular version with the same theme—"Do you know who I am?"—from the societal lexicon when it can do so much?
Apr 23, 2013 9:53AM ET
The photographs in Alex Vadukul's New York Times story about Neale Albert, a 75-year-old collector of miniature books, are as squee-inducing as anything you might see on Cute Overload—except, of course, the subjects pictured are not piglets or puppies but books.
Apr 22, 2013 12:58PM ET
This weekend brought the news that beloved children's author E.L. Konigsburg had died at the age of 83. But in our minds, the authors of our childhood favorites never grow old, nor does their writing.
Apr 22, 2013 9:32AM ET
Last night's episode of Mad Men was called "To Have and to Hold," and like last week, it was as soapy as the name would have you think.
Apr 22, 2013 7:43AM ET
Author and New Yorker editor Ben Greenman recently faced a slight Twitter addiction problem, has "dozens of secret sources," and tries "like hell to read normal books."
Apr 18, 2013 4:35PM ET
How should we feel about the flavored new varietals that are coming down the pike, with which manufacturers hope to win over women and "novice drinkers"? Should flavored whisky exist? We discuss.
Apr 18, 2013 11:20AM ET
Thursday, April 18, is Support Teen Lit Day, a YALSA-declared holiday meant to raise awareness among the public that Y.A. is great. One way to participate is with Rock the Drop, a teen book drop initiative begun by literacy and social media project Readergirlz.
Apr 18, 2013 11:05AM ET
People have tattoos. The New York Times has noticed! But a lot of people are still hiding their tattoos, even though they got them and they like them. This is because of the office.
Apr 18, 2013 9:47AM ET
High school teacher Matthew Thomas, 38, has sold his debut novel for an impressive sum. And he seems like a really nice guy, too.
Apr 17, 2013 2:02PM ET
One long-held taboo of office life is that you're not supposed to talk about what you make. It appears that may be changing.
Apr 17, 2013 10:08AM ET
Cupcake haters, your day has come! The icing is coming off America's cupcake craze. Wring your hands in delirious pleasure and laugh, oh, laugh.
Apr 16, 2013 4:03PM ET
On the lighter side of news today is a great story in The Wall Street Journal by E.S. Browning about how retirees are partying it up in Florida.
Apr 16, 2013 1:28PM ET
We know how we feel about terrorism, deeds that are to be hated, doers of which are evil. And we know the messages that come inevitably following such acts: Don't give them what they want. Those messages have come.
Apr 15, 2013 4:25PM ET
Something terrible has happened in Boston, this is clear from television and from the Internet, from photos on Twitter, from the news reporters on the ground, and from the images of those left bloody and wounded by what's currently being reported as two explosions located near the finish line near Copley Place.
Apr 15, 2013 1:19PM ET
Last year, the biggest honor in all of American letters went without an honor. Now, as the publishing world awaits the big announcement from the Pulitzer board, one juror looks back — and we look at the contenders.
Apr 15, 2013 9:17AM ET
It's another episode of Season 6 of Mad Men, and we're back to full-on, no apologies Don Draper-style adultery in "The Collaborators," which brings a soap opera-like focus to the marital infidelities of three couples.
Apr 12, 2013 4:18PM ET
An ode to the best sandwich in the land, on its special day. It's grilled, it's cheese.
Apr 12, 2013 1:12PM ET
Where are you with your taxes? An investigation of possible tax-doing strategies.
Apr 12, 2013 10:20AM ET
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey reveals some disconcerting, if not terribly surprising, facts about how women feel and are treated in the workplace—things that many people already know, and many have worked to change.
Apr 11, 2013 2:47PM ET
Following up on last week's adult spring book preview, here's the list of Y.A. novels I can't wait to read (or have already devoured) this spring.
Apr 11, 2013 10:07AM ET
When you ask someone if they have a "cab story," chances are, if you're in an urban, taxi-taking environment, the answer will be yes, and will be followed by any number of harrowing tales. But those are not the only stories.