NY Times: Gretchen Rubin interview

Gretchen Rubin was interviewed for the New York Times “By the Book” series.

What books are on your night stand now? My night stand is always crowded. Right now it boasts Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” (which somehow I’ve never read); Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi” (ditto); Rohinton Mistry’s “A Fine Balance”; Ben Fountain’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”; Georgette Heyer’s “The Grand Sophy”; John Gage’s “Color and Culture”; Haruki Murakami’s “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”; and Elena Ferrante’s “The Story of a New Name.” I love to reread, so my night stand also holds Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Essential Writings,” Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” and Laurie Colwin’s “Home Cooking.” Plus I’m a huge fan of children’s literature, so I’ve got Lois Lowry’s “Anastasia Krupnik” and Margaret Mahy’s “Alchemy.”[NYTimes.com]

Beth Macy’s Truevine movie adaption to potentially star Leonardo DiCaprio

Deadline reports on the movie rights of Beth Macy’s just-released book, Truevine:

Paramount Pictures and Appian Way are negotiating to acquire screen rights to the Beth Macy book Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother’s Quest; A True Story Of The Jim Crow South. Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce and the book will be developed as a potential star vehicle for DiCaprio. The book tells the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, while their mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. [Deadline.com]

Harvard Biz: The Dark Side of Storytelling

Jonathan Gottschall’s latest HBR piece examines “Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling.”

Humanity’s strange, ardent love affair with story has always fascinated me. To explore our enthrallment and explain the science behind it, I wrote a book – The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. The book appealed to a predictable audience of English literature types as well as avid readers of popular science. But it also attracted an unanticipated audience of business professionals. As a professor of literature, I hadn’t known that a wide spectrum of professions was embracing storytelling as a uniquely powerful form of messaging, that they had discovered that far from being a soft, touchy-feely skill, storytelling was a powerful form of witchery. A great storyteller waves her pen over paper like a wand. She casts a spell that allows her to enter minds and change what they feel, which allows her to change what they think, which allows her to influence how they act. Companies were flocking to story because they wanted a piece of this power. [HBR.org]

Truevine: Beth Macy’s latest book in the NY Times and WSJ

Beth Macy, author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Factory Man, is set to release her next book tomorrow, Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South. It just received impressive reviews from the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times:

As she did her prodigious reporting for “Truevine,” her second expert work of nonfiction, Beth Macy came across a shocking picture. It seemed to depict George and Willie Muse, the brothers around whom “Truevine” revolves, sitting with shackles binding their legs to their chairs. Ms. Macy glimpsed this photo during a late-night web search, but when she called it up again the next day she realized she’d been mistaken. [NYTimes.com]

UPDATE: Truevine has landed on the NY Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2016 list and on this year-end USA Today list.

NY Times profile Helen Marriage’s public arts group, Artichoke

Helen Marriage profiled in the piece, “London Burns, for the Sake of Art.”

London’s Burning was organized by Artichoke, a group that stages public art projects across Britain. The recreation of the devastating blaze was preceded by several other works as part of the festival: “Fire Garden,” a display by the Carabosse Company outside the Tate Modern; “Dominoes,” a long trail of giant dominoes that snaked through the City of London leading to a large structure in the Barbican Center’s courtyard that caught fire and collapsed; and “Fires of London,” a large-scale projection of licking flames by the artist Martin Firrell beamed onto the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral. [NYTimes.com]