Author and chef Michael Gibney has been working in some of the world's most renowned restaurants since age 16. His new book, "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line" takes readers into the fast-paced world behind the kitchen door.
Helen Oyeyemi Gives the Wicked Stepmother a Second Look
Helen Oyeyemi - a leading voice in British fiction, at only 29 years old - re-imagines the "Snow White" fable, and how wickedness takes root.
Peeking into a Bordello of Belle Epoque New Orleans
Cari Lynn's novel "Madam" is based on the true story of one of the most powerful madams of the 1900s.
Rebecca Mead Visits the Library, Home
In this story from her new book, "My Life in Middlemarch" about her love of George Eliot's classic novel, New Yorker critic Rebecca Mead touches - and smells - literary history.
Lego-mania! One Mom’s Struggles with Sanity in Bricksburg
Arlaina Tibensky has two children, one husband, and thousands of tiny, sharp plastic LEGO building blocks that are trying to take over her home - but, she assumes, they're also her kids' tickets to MIT.
B.J. Novak and the Food Photographer
In addition to the story B.J. Novak told us for the broadcast, he shared this second, equally internet-appropriate story, "The Man Who Took Pictures of Everything He Ate."
B.J. Novak Creates a Detective for Our Time
Comedian, screenwriter, and actor B.J. Novak has just published his first book of humorous short stories. In this one, we are introduced to a thoroughly modern detective, Wikipedia Brown.
Sam Harris Will Not Be Upstaged by a Child
Singer, actor, all-around show-biz ham Sam Harris - now the author of "Ham: Slices of a Life, Essays, and Stories" - is forced to share the spotlight with a young ham-in-training.
Rosanne Cash Learns About Partying with William Faulkner
Rosanne Cash's new record is inspired by the culture and history of the American South. She began her research at the most storied pottery shop in Mississippi.
The Big Literary Successes of a ‘Little Failure’
Lauded author Gary Shtenyngart has penned hit novels including "Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan." His newest book, "Little Failure" is his first memoir, named after the nickname his mother called him.