A Stand-Up Comedian. In India. In the 1400s.

View image | gettyimages.com Jesse Kornbluth on one of the world’s first funny-men. ______ Did you know there were stand-up comedians in India in the 1400s? Me neither — until I read Kabir. Why? Because Kabir was playing the greatest comic role of all — God’s own fool. Sacrilege! Why, this is one of India’s […]

When ‘Married Sex’ Is Not at All What You Think It Is

An interview with author Jesse Kornbluth.

Married Sex: An Excerpt

“It’s not cheating if your wife is there.” A chapter from Jesse Kornbluth’s new novel.

Lotta Cats Tried To Play Like Him. Ain’t Nobody Done It Yet.

I first read “Young Man With a Horn” when I was 10. I read it again at 12. At 14. At 22. Every few few years it still gives me a pleasurable evening. You don’t have to love jazz or the Jazz Age to adore this book, you just have to love a great story that gives you a movie you make as you read.

Somerset Maugham: Cakes and Ale

This week Jesse Kornbluth is revisiting some of the culture that influenced him as I wrote “Married Sex.” Perhaps the greatest was Somerset Maugham, who was, for a time, the world’s highest paid writer. There was a good reason: He wrote in the first person, like someone talking to a friend. In “Cakes and Ale,” Maugham not only does that, he doesn’t condemn a woman for liking sex. Three cheers for all of that.

James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime

Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book with strong character development and excellent prose, set in horizons of Paris, France.

Why a Film About the Battle of Algiers Is One You Need to See Today

It’s August, a month for barbeques and beaches. And here I am with a film about violence and revolution. Why? Because ISIS. Because Jeb Bush thinks we need to go back to Iraq and Trump wants to “take their oil.” And because, if you say you love film but haven’t seen this one, there’s no better time to watch one of the greatest films ever made. Hype? Watch it. You’ll see.

Jason Isbell: “Something More Than Free”

Jesse Kornbluth, on opening up to country—and also to a stunning young artist with powerful songs.

There’s a Movie Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to See. It’s About Him.

Get the popcorn. Pour a cold drink. And watch a movie so hot that Donald Trump did everything he could to keep you from seeing it.

Marlon Brando’s Best Film? You’ve Never Heard Of It

It’s not “The Godfather”. “Burn” is Brando’s best film, and Jesse Kornbluth tells us why.

So How Do You Redefine Jazz? Listen to Keith Jarrett

Jesse Kornbluth on ‘The Koln Concert’: A CD claimed to redefine jazz.

Hello Again: Goodbye, Columbus

Jesse Kornbluth urges you to check out Phillip Roth’s first book about self discovery and summer love.

Father’s Day: 23 Substitutes For A Red Telsa

Jesse Kornbluth compiles a list for father’s day gifts.

“I’d Lay My Head On The Railroad Tracks/And Wait For The Double E”

Jesse Kornbluth reviews the music – and life – of Warren Zevon.

Looking for a Summer Reading List? Here You Go

Summer has begun and Jesse Kornbluth has a few suggestions for you that are not your average beach reading.

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Jesse Kornbluth reviews a book about food, family, and Morris Wizenberg’s father.