Book: Plenty of new stories from Tania James

Tolstoy succinctly captured the essence of so much great fiction with the observation, “All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And tho


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘The Economist Culture’ and ‘Intelligence Squared’

People keep asking me, “How in Sam Stinkin’ Hell do you have time to listen to all of these podcasts?”


Book: We were flawed this way

'Thinking, Fast and Slow’

‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’
By Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 499 pgs., $30.


Book: No lonesome Townes

Chef Edward Lee grills author Brian T. Atkinson

I’ll Be Here in the Morning 
By Brian T. Atkinson. Texas A&M; 272 pgs., $24.95.


Book: Woody Guthrie’s dirty little secrets

‘Woody Guthrie, American Radical’ 
By Will Kaufman. University of Illinois Press; 304 pgs., $29.95.


Book: Kirby Gann’s Southern Gothic

Author coming to Carmichael's

Louisville author Kirby Gann would like to introduce you to someone: “Shady Beck, the walker-away from dazzling car wrecks, subject of several profiles in the Pirtle Notice paper, she of the


Book: Deep thoughts by George Steiner

'The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan’

‘The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan’
By George Steiner. New Directions; 192 pgs., $24.95.


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Tuning in to Sue Townsend

Back in the 1980s, I kept spotting a book in libraries and bookstores.


Book: The compelling story of a 1st-century cover-up

‘The Swerve’
By Stephen Greenblatt. W.W. Norton; 356 pgs., $26.95.


Book: Photographer’s work of decades continues

Shelby Lee Adams presents 'Appalachian Portraits'

He’s been a Guggenheim Fellow and the subject of a substantial documentary film. He’s generated controversy by his photographic methods and personal connection to his subjects.