John Hodgman

Hodgman is one of those comedians you probably have heard of, but may have a hard time recalling what exactly he was in. He would like to remind you. Which is fine, because John Hodgman is the sort of storyteller that can make the most mundane and awkward …

Michael Palin

The ErebusIf Michael Palin, of both Monty Python fame and former president of the Royal Geographic society, turns his eye to a topic, you know it will be good. The Erebus and Terror are two ships that have gripped the imagination for over a century. The two old warships …

Alexander Langlands

For those of us who like working with our hands, there is nothing as satisfying as making a useful and beautiful object we can use for years. Cræft, being skilled at creating unique, hand-made items sourced from nature locally, has nearly disappeared. Once, being a craftsperson who could …

Lois Sherr Dubin
Photos by Kiyoshi Togashi and Michael Waddell

When you think “southwest” or “Navajo” jewelry, you probably think big honking belt buckles, silver conchos (flatted “platters” of silver), and chunky turquoise rings at tourist shops. This style of jewelry is mostly knock-offs of the fantastic artistry created by …

My Life as a Rajneeshee, and the long journey back to freedom

Jane Stork

Netflix made a huge splash with their multi-part documentary, Wild Wild Country, about the Bhagwan cult. While a lot of the focus was on Bhagwan and his loyal secretary Sheela, another member Jane Stork (formerly known …

You can’t help but compare Marsh to Agatha Christie as a grande dame of murder.  After all, Marsh invites you to with the quote “It’s time to compare Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around.” – Dily Winn, New York Magazine printed on all of her books.

The …

John Kenney

There’s is something about the word “poem” that makes the average American recoil. Add “love” on there, and we’re rolling our eyes and getting out the barf bags. But wait! You haven’t read Kenney’s magnificent, hilarious, and deadly-accurate collection of poems. This is not the book you get …

Caitlin Doughty

Mortician and author Doughty takes questions about children and turns them into educational comedy gold. She tackles a host of disgusting, weird and fascinating death-related topics in a practical, and hilarious, manner. From “Can We Give Grandma a Viking Funeral?” to “We Eat Chickens, Why Not Dead People?” …

John Waters

The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

Water’s new memoir starts out with a tongue-in-cheek scree at his notoriety and fame:

Suddenly the worst thing that can happen to a creative person has happened to me. I am accepted. How can I “struggle” when my onetime underground movies

Natalie Haynes

Haynes, a classics scholar who studied at Cambridge, compares and contrasts modern life with those of the Ancients (Greeks, Romans and some Egyptians). While we are often tempted to go with the lazy assumption that “nothing ever changes, people have all been essentially the same”,  Haynes points out …

What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

Kevin Dutton

Dutton’s book on his research into psychopaths is a fast, easy read with little academic jargon to bog the reader down. Clearly aimed for the armchair lookie-loo (hello!), Dutton amused and horrifies readers with stories of his …