Richard Selzer is an American doctor and writer born on June 24, 1928 in Troy, New York. At a young age, he demonstrated an intense interest in biology and psychology. Thus, after graduating from Union College, he attended Albany Medical College...

Written by Australian Michael Gow, Away is a very famous and well-received play. The Griffin Theatre Company was the first place to stage the play, acting out the story of three families that each have their own problems. The play deeply stresses...

The Fire Next Time, first published in 1963, is James Baldwin's classic collection of essays on the racial tension that shaped America in the mid-twentieth century. The text was originally published in The New Yorker magazine in the form of...

Haifaa al-Mansour wrote and directed the feature length Saudi film. It is culturally significant as she became the first Saudi female to direct a feature length picture, and Wadja is the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. The film...

In 2014, Christopher Nolan's epic science-fiction odyssey Interstellar exploded into theaters with the kind of gravitas associated with only a handful of its genre predecessors. It was Nolan's first movie after finishing direction on the Dark...

World War One was documented in poetry by young men at the Front who were survived by their poetry; what they experienced spoke about their experiences for them and the likes of Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen were immortalized...

Uncle Vanya, Scenes of Country Life in Four Acts (1897) is one of Russian playwright Anton Chekov’s most notable dramas and a mainstay of the theater. The play is set at the estate of the first wife of Professor Serebryakov, where he and his...

Whiplash is a 2014 movie drama written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It tells the story of Andrew Norman, a talented young drummer who is attending a prestigious music academy. He is taken under the wing of a brilliant and admired professor who...

Michael Lewis is an American non-fiction writer born on October 15, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Princeton University where he majored in art history, but due to the limited availability of jobs in this field, he decided to become...

Many critics and film historians point to April 24, 1944 as the birth date of film noir, for it was on that date that Double Indemnity premiered. As is the case with so many other things to come out of Hollywood, film noir may be shaving a year or...

Beetlejuice was one of Tim Burton’s first full-length movies, and established him as an unusual, singular, outrageous, and exciting director. The first screenplay for the film was written by Michael McDowell, and was apparently much darker than...

The Dumb Waiter is a one-act play written by English playwright Harold Pinter in 1957. The short play is set in a single basement room. There are only two characters: Gus and Ben, hitmen waiting for a target to arrive.

The play has elements of...

Michael Chabon is an American author born on May 24, 1963 in Washington D.C. Both his mother and father were lawyers, but despite his parents’ career paths, Chabon decided to venture into the realm of creative writing. After dropping out of...

Ai Ogawa (commonly referenced as "Ai") is a great American poet. Born on October 21, 1947, she has won numerous awards, such as The National Book Award. Born under the name Florence Anthony, she was born in Albany, Texas. She has many...

Don DeLillo is an American author born on November 20, 1936 in New York City. During his childhood, DeLillo was not interested in writing, but his apathy toward literature changed when he took on a job as a parking attendant. The work was so...