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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
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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
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#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
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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
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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
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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
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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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The New Must-Read: Lorrie Moore's Bark

In a literary world obsessed with Franzenesque Big Novels, the release of a book of short stories rarely counts as a marquee event. An exception to the rule: Bark, Lorrie Moore's first collection since 1998's bestselling, multiple-award-winning Birds of America, featuring eight mordant, off-kilter tales. Take, for example, "Debarking," in which a newly divorced dad is set up with a slightly cracked pediatrician who invites her painfully awkward teenage son to accompany them on a date. And that's just for starters—wait until you get to the biker gang that crashes a wedding. see more
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A Very Abridged Life of William S. Burroughs

The author in Chicago, 1981. We read Barry Miles' exceptional 736-page Call Me Burroughs: A Life (Twelve Books, $32; out now) so you don't have to. Below, a crib sheet. see more
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True Blood's Joe Manganiello on His Bromance With Ah-Nold, Getting Bullied as a Skinny Kid, and His New Fitness Book

Everything about Joe Manganiello is big—from his six-foot-five-inch stature to his boulder-size biceps and chiseled chest. So, too, is the title of his first fitness book: Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted. In it, the 36-year-old star provides a six-week, step-by-step program that got him into top werewolf form for True Blood (the actor shared elements of the workout with us back in 2011). In addition to the exercise regime, Manganiello writes about the hurdles he overcame in his fitness journey. Surprise: He wasn't born with superior genes and see more
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