When I saw that the actress Anjelica Huston had written a memoir, I thought, "Oh, good, I'll read that." I assumed it would be filled with wild stories from '70s and '80s Hollywood and her relationship with Jack Nicholson. What it was like to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. General movie-star debauchery, carried out in the wedge shoes and oversized sunglasses of that era.
In addition to Hodgman's work on <em>Judge John Hodgman</em>, he has contributed pieces toÂ <em>This American LifeÂ </em>andÂ <em>Wiretap</em>. His most recent book,Â <em>That Is All</em>, was published in 2011.
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John Hodgman, left, presides over a live taping of the <em>Judge John Hodgman</em> podcast, as Jesse Thorn looks on.
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Jesse Thorn plays the bailiff on <em>Judge John Hodgman.</em> "I'm the guy who hosts the <em>People's Court</em> who's not Judge Wapner," says Thorn, "And I'm also sort of Roz from <em>Night Court</em>."
Back in September, poet and novelist Sherman Alexie wrote an open letter to a group of people whom he called the "gorgeous book nerds" of the world, asking them to become "superheroes" for independent bookstores.
Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 8:42 am
Readers always seem to want to get closer to Emily Dickinson, the godmother of American poetry. Paging through her poems feels like burrowing nose-deep in her 19th century backyard — where "the grass divides as with a comb," as she writes in "A narrow Fellow in the Grass."
Whatever they are, our holiday traditions tend to be a mixture of the universal and the specific.
If we celebrate Christmas, for instance, we might have stockings and trees just like our neighbors, but we might also be the only ones in town who wear homemade elf hats while we open presents. It's a mix that helps us feel closer to the rest of the culture while reaffirming what's special about our own little community, family and home.