Neal Thompson
Neal Thompson
Neal is a journalist/author, an amateur photographer/videographer, and a compulsive reader-writer whose rampant tastes veer from narrative non-fiction to literary fiction to long-form journalism to memoir/biography to sports, history, food, music, and so on. Favorite way to kill an hour: a book, a bourbon, some Miles Davis.

Recent posts by Neal

  1. Best of the Year: Celebrity Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014

    It's becoming a thing: Each of the past few years, when we announce our editors' picks for Best Books of the Year, we also share a list of our favorite writers' favorite books. This year we asked some of the...
  2. Fogislandmountains

    "Fog Island Mountains" by Michelle Bailat-Jones wins Inaugural Christopher Doheny Prize

    Michelle Bailat-Jones's novel Fog Island Mountains has won the first-ever Christopher Doheny Prize, which recognizes excellence in writing about serious illness. The prize was created by Audible in honor of Chris Doheny, an employee at Audible who lost his battle...
  3. Elwes

    How I Wrote It: An Interview with Cary Elwes, on His Memoir, "As You Wish"

    Cary Elwes discusses his new memoir, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, a behind the scenes look at the filming of the cult 1987 classic. In this exclusive interview, filmed this summer in New...
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    Lunch With: Mark Bittman, on Cooking with Speed and Confidence

    I've been cooking since I was a teenager, starting as a short order cook at the Gibson Girl diner in Sparta, New Jersey. (Still the best job I ever had). I found myself thinking about that long-ago job as I...
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    A Dark and Stormy Night: A Roundup of Halloween Lit

    As you put the finishing touches on your costumes and keep dipping your hands into the bowl of trick-or-treater candy, enjoy these literary themed jack-o-lanterns--Jack, Poe, Max, Katniss, Harry and Sherlock. If these aren't spooky enough for you, check out...
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    Where I Wrote It: Irish Novelist Stuart Neville's Musical Man Cave

    Part of our new series featuring authors' desks and workspaces, here's a look at the guitar-filled attic of Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville, whose new novel, The Final Silence, publishes next week. The Final Silence is the chilling story...
  7. Grisham

    Moonshine, and an Interview, with John Grisham

    The first time I met John Grisham was eight years ago in a bookstore in Charlottesville, Virginia, his home town. I was there to give a reading from my second book, and Grisham was in a back room signing stacks...
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    Zeppelin Porn — "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page"

    About ten years ago, my wife stumbled across the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same, which awakened the 14-year-old fanboy inside her. My own 14-year-old musical tastes were mellower (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, and the like)....
  9. GoodDog

    Exclusive Excerpt: The Sweetest Sound, by Rick Bragg (From “Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty”)

    The Sweetest Sound (Excerpted from Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty, a collection of stories inspired by Garden & Gun magazine’s popular “Good Dog” column. Other contributors include Jon Meacham, Roy Blount, Jr, Dominique Browning, P.J. O’Rourke,...
  10. Bittman

    Cook This: Chicken Parm in 30 Minutes, from Mark Bittman

    I've never been good at being told what to do. In the kitchen, that resistance is to blame for the testy relationship I have with cookbooks. I love them, but I'm not a paint-by-numbers cook, preferring to snag bits and...
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