Your Guide to the Season's Best and Worst Celebrity Memoirs

Celebrity memoirs tend to be a mixed literary bag at best, with most falling into one of two categories: ghostwritten affairs divulging the jaw-dropping details of some former wild child's most hedonistic phase, or ghostwritten affairs divulging the "secrets" of how to attain the same level of fitness/fame/spiritual wisdom as a successful icon who beat the odds (and you can too!). This fall, however, there are several celebrity-authored publications hitting the shelves that actually seem to be worth a read, including selections like Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (yes, based on the Choose Your Own Adventure tomes see more

Sex, Drugs, and Hors d'Oeuvres: A Brief Survey of Batshit Crazy Chef Memoirs

Jesse Schenker was just 27 years old when he opened Recette in 2010, the small restaurant of his dreams in New York's West Village. A year later, he was a James Beard Rising Star semifinalist (the Gander followed in 2014). But what makes his rise in the chef world all the more impressive is his past—a dangerous, drug-fueled one that almost killed him. Now he has a much-hyped memoir coming out on September 30 (you can pre-order it on Amazon). Of course, he's not alone: Below we've rounded up the juiciest quotes from seven infamously irrepressible toques. We'll start with see more

The Power of the Fake I.D.

Brooklyn-based author Justin Taylor, the man behind the lauded collection of fiction Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, shares a new unpublished story about getting a fake I.D. during his college days—and the havoc it wreaked. His new collection of stories, Flings, comes out this week. see more

5 Craziest Talk Show Appearances by Writers

Philip Roth surprised many book and TV fans recently when—despite his stated plan to retire from public life—he announced that he would grant a final interview on The Colbert Report in July. If all goes well, when Roth inevitably butts heads with Stephen Colbert, he will join a long tradition of fiery talk-show appearances by major writers. Here are five examples worth YouTubing immediately. see more

A Japanese Style Kingpin Looks Back in Hiroshi Fujiwara—Fragment

Known as the Godfather of Harajuku, Hiroshi Fujiwara is synonymous with Japanese street style. A sneakerhead and a popular DJ, he has collaborated with Nike, Supreme, and A.P.C. (along with Eric Clapton, with whom he designed a limited run of black guitars 10 years ago). Out in July, the artist's first monograph, Hiroshi Fujiwara—Fragment (Rizzoli, $55), which spans his 30-plus-year career as a musician, producer, and designer, surveys Fujiwara's unstoppable creativity—from art to graphic design to his personal belongings—with commentary from fellow influencers like Takashi Murakami and Clapton himself. see more

#PharrellWatch: Help Write the Singer's Inspiring New Book

Because creative polymath and former Details cover guy Pharrell Williams just can't stop making things (he just released an album, he's got a fragrance coming out in September, and just this year he's collaborated with Uniqlo and Adidas), we've decided to start keeping track of all of his artistic endeavors. This week, he's working on a book—but it won't actually get published unless you do something about it. see more

Interior Designer Ryan Korban is Making Over Manhattan—One Ultra Luxurious Home and Store at a Time

Self-taught 28-year-old interior designer Ryan Korban counts numerous fashion icons and photographers (like Helmut Newton and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, to name just a few) among his chief design inspiration, so it comes as no surprise that the man who's added a tasteful touch of luxe to the homes of clients like James Franco, Alexander Wang, and model Natasha Poly, would try his hand at a few clothing stores, too. Step into his perfectly polished world in New York at Balenciaga's Soho flagship, Alexander Wang's downtown store, Diesel's Black Gold store in lower Manhattan, and the Fivestory boutique see more

A Sneak Peek at the First Major Biography of John Updike, the Man Who Made Rabbit Run

John Updike, circa 1955 John Updike not only wrote some of the past century's most provocative fiction but also inspired some of its most imaginative criticism—from Nicholson Baker and David Foster Wallace, to name two. Now Adam Begley, the former books editor at the New York Observer, joins in with the first major biography of the author, the juicy yet sensitive Updike (Harper, $35; out April 8). see more

An Illuminating Conversation With, You Know, What's-Her-Name

The many faces of Judy Greer. Actress Judy Greer, the consummate sidekick, best friend, or both in countless films, has been approached by so many people who can't quite figure out where they've seen her before that she wrote a book about it, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star (Doubleday; out April 8). We asked her about being almost-famous. see more

Todd Selby (Finally) Dedicates a Book to Fashion

For a guy who made his name photographing the homes of fashionable people, it took Todd Selby a long time to dedicate an entire book to the world of style. One glimpse at The Fashionable Selby, which hits book stores today, proves the man still knows how to capture personality on the page. see more
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