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Vowell's America

How Hawaii became "American"
How Hawaii became "American"
By: AMY FINCH  |  March 24, 2011


Laura Hillenbrand finds another unlikely hero

When Laura Hillenbrand was doing research for her first book, Seabiscui t, she kept coming across references to another fast-moving morale booster of the Depression: Louis Zamperini.
By: AMY FINCH  |  December 07, 2010


Interview: Oliver Sacks, on The Mind's Eye

Oliver Sacks floats some thoughts on biophilia, smoking pot, and anti-science lunacy
Over the past 40 years, since the publication of Migraine in 1970, neurologist Oliver Sacks has written 10 books and countless articles, examining what happens when specific parts of a human brain go haywire or stop working.
By: AMY FINCH  |  October 21, 2010


Review: Rob Sheffield's inner Sheena

Womanly man
It was probably a common impulse, wanting to save Rob Sheffield.
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 31, 2010


A good walk

Gail Caldwell remembers Caroline Knapp
Before Caroline Knapp died of lung cancer — in 2002, at age 42 — she'd gone bestseller with the most private of torments: her alcoholism (in Drinking: A Love Story ) and her anorexia ( Appetites: Why Women Want ).
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 09, 2010

Review: Bad Cop

Life as one of NYPD's not-so-finest
Title a book Bad Cop and brain-basher types like Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta spring to mind.
By: AMY FINCH  |  June 05, 2009



Julian Barnes considers the abyss
Novelist Julian Barnes is a brilliant writer, but he’s not self-revelatory.
By: AMY FINCH  |  December 22, 2008


Car talk

A close look at driving
For days post-late-merge, Vanderbilt had feelings of guilt and confusion.
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 04, 2008


Mike Edison walks alone

On his death bed, Mike Edison probably won’t lament that he didn’t do this or he didn’t go there.
By: AMY FINCH  |  June 10, 2008


Happy days

The Geography of Bliss
He eats rotten shark in Iceland, gets fried on Moroccan hash in the Netherlands, and graciously accepts a 14-inch gift penis in Bhutan.
By: AMY FINCH  |  April 08, 2008



Oliver Sacks’s musical case files
In his New Yorker pieces over the years, Oliver Sacks has shown a talent for setting personal narratives against the increasingly mapped-out maze of human neurology.
By: AMY FINCH  |  November 19, 2007


Dog lives

Jon Katz, Mark Doty, and their best friends
Dog Days , Dog Years , dog decades, dog centuries . . . where will this madness end?
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 01, 2007
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