Valerie Bertinelli on the Light Side

After years of battling binge eating, low self-esteem, and her rock star husband’s alcohol abuse, beloved TV star Valerie Bertinelli reveals how she finally gained control of her weight—and her life.

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Enameled Lady

How Katherine Anne Porter perfected herself.

Apr 2009

Teaming Up with Thoreau

One hundred fifty years after the publication of Walden, Henry David Thoreau is helping scientists monitor global warming.

Literary Excursions

Today’s tourists might learn something from the traveler-memoirists of earlier generations.

Too Rich for Their Blood

Maplewood, N.J., has been home to the Cross family for more than a century. Their fortunes haven’t changed much, but the town’s have, and they can’t afford to stay.

Ellen Enchanted

Life is beautiful for Ellen DeGeneres. At 51, the TV star, newlywed, and animal-rights advocate has found an unexpected new role as a model.

Blonde Ambivalence

Michelle Pfeiffer struggles to balance her search for the perfect movie role with being a major movie star.

A Star Turned

A summer at the Les Deux Cafés working for Michèle Lamy left the author culturally wealthy, but monetarily in debt.

Feb 2012

Dream Girl

Whether touring the globe with a groundbreaking extravaganza or launching an out-of-this-world fragrance, Lady Gaga is meeting the future on her own wildly inventive terms.

Sep 2012

Stop Making Sense

A 1920s Russian literary movement celebrating experimental narratives and absurdism never survived Stalin’s reign.

Jun 2007

Fairly Unbalanced

The only real winner in the endless 2008 Democratic primary? Those smart-ass policy wonks at MSNBC.

Jul 2008

Redheaded Stranger

Long in the shadows of her husband and the E Street Band, Patti Scialfa opens up about life before Springsteen.

Jul 2004

The Rockin’ Rev

Priest Greg Jones and his rock band, the Balsa Gliders, are raising the roof both inside and out of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

Aug 2013

Car Talk

A mock-heroic travelogue by Julio Cortázar and his wife captures the contemplative life on the road.

Jan 2008

How Rebel Wilson is Reinventing the TV It Girl

The bawdy, blond comedic genius is rewriting the rules of network television with her new sitcom, Super Fun Night.

Sep 2013

The Case for Camp

TV so bad it’s good.

Jan 2014

‘As Long As You’re Watching People Have Sex, You Could Be Learning Something’

The quandary for “Masters of Sex”: How do you make a smart TV show about sex when every TV show is jampacked with sex?

Roman Polanski, Framed

Whatever you think of his high crimes and dirty doings, Polanski remains one of the most provocative—and talented—directors in history.

Jun 2008

Soul Child

At seventeen, Joss Stone has covered the White Stripes and sung for the president. Now she just needs a driver’s license.

Nov 2004

Around the World in 80 Ways

Why do people read Paul Theroux’s polarizing, repetitive travel books?

Mar 2003
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The Twilight Zone

The author’s best childhood television memories are also the most frightening.

Rush Never Sleeps

Thanks to epic songs, fantastical lyrics and extravagant drum solos, the great nerd band of the Seventies rocks on through the 21st century.

Jul 2008

Looking for the Rainbow

Liza Minnelli seemed headed for the bottom after the drugs, the weight problems, the health scares, and the doomed love affairs. But now she’s marrying David Gest and launching a European tour.

Mar 2002

A New Yorker By Design

Why fashion’s most imitated designer decided to move his headquarters from Vienna to Manhattan—and then promptly upset the way business has always been done here.

Jul 1998