Diane Leach has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Humboldt State University. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Mobility, and The Collagist. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Sunday, November 8 2009
Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.
Tuesday, July 7 2009
My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.
Thursday, January 29 2009
In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?
Wednesday, October 22 2008
If Roger Waters existed, if Pink Floyd existed, there was a tiny margin of hope, a filament of promise thinner than jeweler’s wire.
Tuesday, June 17 2008
Secondhand bookstores are about more than literary treasures. As Diane Leach explains, they contain personal histories that connect readers through the ages.
Sunday, January 12 2014
Five books published in 2013 that stayed with me, that I found myself urging on others, that I now say to you, Hey! Read this!
Sunday, January 22 2012
Caroline Moorehead's A Train In Winter, like Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost, leaves nothing to the imagination, a decision that makes reading it simultaneously engrossing and deeply disturbing.
Tuesday, February 1 2011
I’ve finally met somebody who possibly loves books more than I do, and certainly knows more about them.
Monday, March 1 2010
We so want our geniuses to be perfect people. Or at least nice people -- and so often they aren’t.
Tuesday, April 22 2014
Mona Simpson’s novels, always sensitive and complex, have only become more so with time, acquiring the depth only a seasoned writer can proffer.
Thursday, March 27 2014
Writer Katherine Bouton was 30 years old when hearing in her left ear lessened. She did what most people would: she ignored it.
Thursday, March 6 2014
Being a reader—that is, a reader of actual books, increasingly feels like a marginal, slightly suspect habit. Wendy Lesser reminds you why you love it, and why you should keep reading.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
In the ambitious Night In Shanghai, Nicole Mones attempts to recreate a city of nearly a century ago.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is an enormous step forward from her prior novels, taking on nothing less than the meaning of time itself.
Wednesday, April 23 2014
Even the most experienced cooks, gardeners or not, stand to learn a great deal from The Art of Simple Food II.
Tuesday, April 1 2014
As Alzheimer's pulls Wolfert away from us, we are made doubly aware of the history she brings to the table with every dish. We don't want to lose that history.
Thursday, February 6 2014
Mussels are an inelegant if delicious food. Serve this to your nearest and dearest with nary a thought to table manners.
Monday, January 13 2014
I have a New Year's confession to make. I did not burn, scorch, mangle, or ruin. My sin was much worse. I threw out perfectly good food.
Wednesday, January 8 2014
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, December 3rd, chef Judy Rodgers died of cancer. She was 57 years old.