Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee

I wrote an entirely new Chapter 1 for the new edition of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (Holt 2006; rev. 2016). The idea to open the biography at a low point in the her life, instead during childhood was suggested by Garrison Keillor in a review of the first...

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life

Chapter 1: “Out of Print and Scared to Death” ‘So here I am at male menopause, to all practical purposes complete.’ — Kurt Vonnegut to Knox Burger, June 4, 1965   He had to make this new teaching gig at the University of Iowa work for him, but...