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 10:35am 9/16/14 10:35am

Roger Angell: A Baseball Companion

On Saturday in Cooperstown, Roger Angell was given the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the baseball Hall of Fame's writing writing honor. His sports writing career is a happy accident that began in 1962 when Angell went to spring training to write about New York's new team, the Mets. He was a 41-year-old fiction editor at … » 7/28/14 8:25am 7/28/14 8:25am

The Lebowskis Who Might Have Been: Behind The Scenes With The Coens

When I was 25 I got a job with the Coen brothers. I'd worked on three movies as an apprentice film editor and got a gig with them as a personal assistant when they made The Big Lebowski. I was with them for a year, from before pre-production through post-production (when they edited the movie, I transitioned from… » 7/23/14 2:52pm 7/23/14 2:52pm

Mike Judge, The Accidental Satirical Genius

It would require uncanny prescience to discern signs of future greatness in a crudely animated two-minute short film from 1992 entitled Frog Baseball. Yet for a nondescript twentysomething bass player and aspiring animator named Mike Judge, that's where his improbable career as one of our greatest satirists began. » 4/07/14 6:32pm 4/07/14 6:32pm

The Comedic Duo of Bob and Naomi Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk examines the smörgåsbord of desserts that line a long wooden dining room table—espresso cupcakes, chocolate peanut-butter balls, pumpkin bread, triple chocolate caramel cookies and doughnuts among them. Like everyone else around him, he ignores the chocolate chunk cookies with a white card in front of… » 3/13/14 3:10pm 3/13/14 3:10pm

How To Draw Athletes The Ed Emberley Way

I didn't know from Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World when I was growing up and I'm not exactly sure how I missed it. Drawing was something I could do well from an early age. But while I was reading Richard Scarry's books and the story about Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Emberley was teaching kids how to… » 11/26/13 10:16am 11/26/13 10:16am

Babe Ruth In The Funny Papers

My father turned 36 in 1973. My twin sister and I were 2 and for his birthday my mother gave him a book called Great Comics, a collection of classic comic strips syndicated by the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. It featured Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Moon Mullins, Winnie Winkle, Gasoline Alley,… » 8/16/13 10:59am 8/16/13 10:59am

Ask The Internet's Biggest Television Writer About Everything That's…

It used to be that TV was so mediocre that it wasn't really worth discussing. Then TV got a lot better, but we didn't have much of a place to discuss it. Then Alan Sepinwall, who was the TV critic for the Star-Ledger hung out his shingle online, recapping episodes and spurring plenty of discussions. Today you can… » 12/05/12 1:57pm 12/05/12 1:57pm