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Cookbook Ghostwriters

In this age of the celebrity chef, recipes and cookbooks are cranked out constantly, at a pace no single chef can keep up with. So they have a retinue of cooks, writers, and other support staff who work behind the scenes. Julia Moskin writes about what it’s like to stay in the shadows, and talks [...]

The Late Movies: My New Favorite Band, The Milk Carton Kids

I came across a band (well, two guys) and I think you should listen to them; they’re sort of a mixture of Simon & Garfunkel, the Jayhawks, and Gillian Welch — in other words, somewhere in the modern folk/Americana genre, or “two dudes and two acoustic guitars.” I saw them open for Over the [...]

Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

To celebrate the birthday of one of our finest pop composers, we look behind the scenes of his classic song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It was spring 1969. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were gone. Racial tensions were erupting across the country. The war was raging in Vietnam. What was a sensitive singer-songwriter like Paul Simon [...]