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 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.
Sunday, December 1 2013
Dirty Love’s four linked novellas examine the ways we fail one another in love, in all the old-fashioned ways: lies, adultery, criticism, betrayals, booze.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
This tale concludes soberly, asking what will become of the Annas of the world, once their parents can no longer care for them. It is a fine question, a frightening question, and one she leaves unanswered.
Thursday, October 3 2013
The Lowland is more than an examination of misguided youthful idealism: it's an examination of what happens once youth has passed, when pitiless hindsight sets in.
Tuesday, September 10 2013
In Margaret Atwood's final trilogy installment, MaddAddam, humanity, in all its permutations, is finally moving forward. Love is still possible, and not just for the young.
Wednesday, August 28 2013
Lionel Shriver’s latest novel takes on America’s weight problem in the personification of Edison Appaloosa, beloved older brother of protagonist Pandora Halfdanarson. At almost 400 pounds, Edison is eating himself to death.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Happy Accident Soup began as a Lamb Tagine: the soup was a bonus. How often do you get two wonderful things from one?
Monday, November 18 2013
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s food is the Middle East on a plate: clamorous, intense, each bite demanding your full attention. This is food shrieking with yogurt and lemon, garlic and tahini.
Wednesday, November 6 2013
Amy Bremzen’s memoir is informative, moving, and at times, harrowing
Friday, October 11 2013
Author of the seminal Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen brought vegetarian cuisine—in 1977 still considered weird hippie food—into the mainstream. Now, almost 40 years later, she's written one of most confounding cookbooks I’ve ever encountered.
Monday, September 16 2013
Fresh pepper season is maddeningly short in Northern California. We get but a few colorful weeks in late August and early September. The clock is ticking.