The Story of Willie

Nashville rejected him as a singer, but he turned out to be one of the best songwriters in history. This is how Willie Nelson—poet, author, activist, cowboy, outlaw, outcast, misfit, and everyman—became the enduring face of American music.
jones albers

Color Comes to Life

An iPad app lets you interact, literally, with Josef Albers’s theories of color.
Among the Islands

5 Armchair Getaways

Is winter weather keeping you inside? From the Pacific Islands to the American West, these books will take your far, far away.

Just Play It

David Byrne has been performing all his life, so why not write about it? He talks to Malcolm Jones about 'How Music Works.'

A New Civil War Book Makes History Feel Fresh

The last time the United States observed a major anniversary of the Civil War, the centennial celebration in 1961–65, things quickly fell apart. When the Civil War Centennial Commission held a national convention in Charleston, S.C., where the war began with the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, it denied a black delegate admission to the convention’s segregated hotel.

Did You Know That 'True Grit' Is a Book Too?

When Charles Portis published 'True Grit' in 1968, the novel became a critically praised bestseller. Then a year later the movie, starring John Wayne, came out, and after that no one even remembered there was a book.

Can Laura Hillenbrand Top 'Seabiscuit'?

Laura Hillenbrand stumbled upon Olympic runner Louis Zamperini in the course of researching "Seabiscuit," her debut book about the celebrated racehorse. “Louie and Seabiscuit were famous runners at the same time in the ’30s,” she says. “They were both at their peak and both in California.”