Articles by: ML Philpott

INTERVIEWS

How to Make the Best New Year’s Resolution, from a Modern-Day Buddhist

How to Make the Best New Year’s Resolution, from a Modern-Day Buddhist

I was reading up on author Lodro Rinzler in preparation for a conversation with him about New Year’s resolutions, when I found out that the Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher once attended a silent month-long retreat during which he shaved […]

by × January 1, 2014 ×

GOOD ADVICE

Rock Stars of the Wine World Tackle 10 Questions From a Novice

Rock Stars of the Wine World Tackle 10 Questions From a Novice

The Washington Post has called Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson “the best collaboration of two Brits since Lennon and McCartney.” The prolific pair keeps that reputation intact with their latest production, the 7th edition of The World Atlas of Wine. This book has […]

by × December 5, 2013 ×

INTERVIEWS

An Eye-Opening, LOL Conversation With Your Funny Friend Rob Delaney

An Eye-Opening, LOL Conversation With Your Funny Friend Rob Delaney

Comedian Rob Delaney’s memoir reads like a conversation with a funny friend: informal almost to the point of rambling, liberally peppered with colorful language, and able to pivot from the absurd to the serious (and back again) in a matter […]

by × November 5, 2013 ×

HYPERBOLE AND A HALF

“Bananas Are Just So Personable,” and More Fun With Hyperbole and a Half‘s Allie Brosh

“Bananas Are Just So Personable,” and More Fun With Hyperbole and a Half‘s Allie Brosh

Oh, happy day! Now we can all read one of our favorite humor blogs in the bathtub without fear of electrocution, because Hyperbole and a Half is on paper! I’ve already sung the praises of this new humor book (suitably subtitled Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping […]

by × October 29, 2013 ×

FUNNY THINGS

One of Your Favorite Humor Blogs Is a Book!

One of Your Favorite Humor Blogs Is a Book!

Do you have a touch of prejudice when it comes to books adapted from blogs? Fair enough. Not everything from the Internet was meant to make the jump to paper. Sometimes you get the feeling a publisher just wanted to […]

by × October 11, 2013 ×

SCARY

Kids In Children’s Books That Give Us The Creeps

Kids In Children’s Books That Give Us The Creeps

Nothing adds a soul-chilling note of fear to a story like the presence of a creepy child. Small, quiet, and stealthy, scary children exist in all genres, not just horror. In fact, some of the most disturbing little characters are […]

by × October 3, 2013 ×

LOVE

5 Things You Need to Know About Dating a Book Nerd

5 Things You Need to Know About Dating a Book Nerd

Maybe it started with a bookish pick-up line. (“Girl, you are a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.”) Maybe your eyes met over contemporary fiction titles. Maybe your fingers touched as you both reached for the same copy of Let’s Explore […]

by × August 27, 2013 ×

BROADWAY

5 Nonfiction Books We’d Like To See As Musicals

5 Nonfiction Books We’d Like To See As Musicals

Many a favorite story from the page has come to life on the stage, set to song as a musical. Wicked. Oliver! Les Misérables. Even Cats was based on a book—T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. I remember discovering […]

by × August 12, 2013 ×

CLASSICS

The Best Book Title-Inspired Tattoos

The Best Book Title-Inspired Tattoos

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Take some advice: go with words instead of pictures. With images, there’s too much room for error. Say you ask the tattoo artist for a picture of Tinkerbell—it could come out looking like Loni Anderson […]

by × July 26, 2013 ×