Lascivious old men of the world, unite. You have a new champion. Ever since becoming as well-known to AARP and Social Security as he is to his many readers, 77-year-old Jim Harrison, one of the finest American writers of the last half-century, has been featuring male protagonists who are past maturity, or, to be downright factual, old. And yet their amatory accomplishments are the stuff of young men’s dreams.
After decades of curiosity, I have finally found a source of impartial, science-based information that answers many of the questions that those of us not deranged by some drug of choice can use to decide whether marijuana is a serious societal menace or whether there might be some genuine benefits to that smelly weed.
Composer Nicolas Nabokov was four years younger than his far more famous novelist first cousin Vladimir, but was perhaps as talented artistically and more admirable in character.
America’s largest bookfest just observed its 20th anniversary, with 500-plus authors and an estimated 150,000 readers attending the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California.
For serious historians of the Civil War, William C. Davis is the ultimate go-to source for reliable information on a conflict that spawned a staggering amount of mythology. He is the author of more than 50 books on the war and the South, and until recently was director of the Virginia Center for Civil War History at Virginia Tech.
It is unlikely that anyone will ever write a better book about Italy and the Italians than my late friend, Luigi Barzini.
Espionage work is associated with darkness and danger, according to those who make their living writing about it. These, of course, include experts in the genre like John le Carre and Olen Steinhauer, whose new and memorably titled book is tailored to the kind of terror that spies live with.