The Professional: Donald E. Westlake

Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of our most prolific and entertaining writers. Now, we've got this posthumous treat: The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany, published by the University of Chicago Press and edited by Levi Stahl. The book is a ton of fun. I recently had the chance to catch up… » 10/14/14 10:24am 10/14/14 10:24am

Thirteen Ways Of Looking At Greg Maddux

A record producer friend once told me that Check Your Head, the Beastie Boys' 3rd album, was perfectly realized. That's stuck with me over the years, the idea of being able to achieve something that lives up to your ambition. In a 1978 Playboy Interview, Bob Dylan said: "The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in… » 10/02/14 2:05pm 10/02/14 2:05pm

Sandy Koufax: Jackie Robinson Tried To Make Things Easier For Me

The beauty of the Internet is that it offers up surprises and treats. Never know when you're going to find something worth remembering. I was toolin' around my Tumblr feed the other day when I ran across a beautiful illustrated piece by an artist named Katherine W. Wirick. Another talented picture-maker, Summer Anne… » 9/16/14 10:15pm 9/16/14 10:15pm

Even Bank Robbers Decide What Tie To Wear: The Essence Of Elmore Leonard

Hard to imagine having a cooler job than the one Gregg Sutter had for more than 30 years, when he served as the late Elmore Leonard's researcher. Sutter is the editor of the Library of America's Elmore Leonard anthology, which will be released in three volumes, the first of which was published a few weeks ago (volume… » 9/16/14 8:58am 9/16/14 8:58am