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- 'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock
Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music. [Thu, Oct. 23]
- Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter
The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately. [Thu, Oct. 23]
- 'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature
The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir. [Thu, Oct. 23]
- Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'
In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past. [Thu, Oct. 23]
- Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms'
When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State. [Wed, Oct. 22]