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.
Wednesday, August 13 2014
A serious examination of what female artists continue to endure, this is unquestionably one of the year’s finest novels.
Thursday, July 10 2014
Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment".
Thursday, June 26 2014
In this re-imagining of Laura Bridgman's life, we enter a vivid world, albeit one deprived of sight, sound, smell, and taste.
Tuesday, June 17 2014
Lisa See draws the difficulties of friendship among three women, complicated by impending world war and a racist society.
Wednesday, June 4 2014
After Gourmet was abruptly shut down, editor Ruth Reichl parlayed a lifetime’s worth of foodie gossip into a confection of a first novel.
Monday, June 23 2014
Now a parent herself, Carpenter asks how her father, such a gifted man, became so ruined.
Thursday, June 12 2014
The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone updates a beloved cookbook. Relax. Your favorites are all still in here.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Popular blogger Marisa McClellan's second canning cookbook urges readers to think small.
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.