In his new book, Oliver Burkeman shuns motivational seminars and the power of positive thinking in favor of uncertainty, insecurity and even pessimism. "Trying to let [negative] feelings be and not always struggling to stamp them out is a more fruitful alternative," he says.
Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella recounts familiar stories of the New Testament, as seen through the eyes of Jesus' mother. But this isn't the iconic blushing virgin you're used to seeing. Toibin's Mary is modeled after the fierce heroines of Greek tragedies — and she is filled with anger.
The feud began in 1997 in the letters pages of the Guardian, withRushdie calling the author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy "a pompous ass" and Le Carre accusing the author of TheSatanic Verses of "self-canonization." Both writers now say they regret the literary war of words, and speak of their mutual admiration.
First-time novelist Ayana Mathis got a big boost for her book "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" when it was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. We talk with Mathis about her inspiration and the whirlwind of sudden fame.
Jon Ronson, the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. His newest book, Lost at Sea, is a collection of true mini-adventures he has written along the way.
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