Alex Heard

The Lost Boys
The story of WWII deserters
June 10, 2013

A new book goes deep into the desertion of WWII soldiers.

Portishead: The Literary Genius of Charles Portis
October 08, 2012

Despite the intense devotion Portis inspires, he has remained a very shadowy literary figure.

This American Lie
March 19, 2007

'The events described in these stories are real," humorist David Sedaris wrote in the introductory note to Naked, his 1997 collection of nonfiction essays. The New York Times was convinced: When Naked hit the best-seller list, it categorized the book as nonfiction. The Library of Congress called it biography, and Sedaris assured several interviewers over the years that the book was essentially factual. "Everything in Naked was true," he told the webzine Getting It in 1999. "I mean, I exaggerate. But all the situations were true." Great.

The Road to Oklahoma City
Inside the world of the Waco-obsessed right.
May 15, 1995

"I don't think there's something fishy going on," says Al Thompson, a friendly, soft-spoken Indianan. "I know there's something fishy. Right now I'm asking myself which `alphabet agency' of the federal government might have done it."

Stand By Your Men
The ballad of Tammy Wynette.
March 01, 1992

Those were Newsweek's words, not Hillary Clinton's. But a similar sentiment expressed by the wife of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was enough to inspire Wynette to write the now-famous screed she sent to many news organizations after Mrs.