FROM Stacy Schiff
'The Witches: Salem, 1692' In 1692, the Massachusetts Bay Colony executed 14 women, five men, and two dogs for witchcraft. That's the first sentence of Stacy Schiff's new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692 . Who were the women and men accused of witchcraft? Who were the people who sentenced them to death? And what lessons did the New World ultimately learn from the experience?
What's at stake if Hollywood writers strike? Writers in Hollywood just finished voting yay or nay to go on strike. The vote is expected to be in favor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details and look at the effects of the last strike.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.