The 1950s thriller that haunts author Karen Russell from book to book.
Helen Phillips remembers her most devastating reading experience.
Having the chutzpah to join the family business.
“I love the song and I would sing it every night ... Just one of those magic songs.”
Where a troubled teen discovered Sylvia Plath: in a Charlie Sheen TV movie.
How the hilariously profane comedian inspired a young girl from the Bronx.
Finding inspiration in a poem.
A spy novel made Maureen Sestito realize it wasn’t too late to achieve her dream.
An old ballad teaches a new parent about fatherhood.
How a cheesy movie helped a listener through some serious grief.
Killing your heroes.