TMN Contributing Writer Paul Ford is the author of Gary Benchley, Rock Star, a novel that was originally serialized here on TMN. He was formerly an editor at Harper’s Magazine, was an occasional commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, and is now sole proprietor of Ftrain.com (which has a Facebook group).
What makes the Alphasmart Neo interesting is what it doesn't do. It's a word processor--a full-sized keyboard with a six-line LCD screen--and that's all. For writers like me who can't...
Kim Stanley Robinson writes good, didactic, socially conscious hard science fiction. He's best known for his Mars trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt, which imagined what would have...
Natural disasters have a senseless mode of destruction—earthquakes and floods don’t care about what they wreck. But what if nature seems to be deliberately trying to erase your history?
His father is known as a cheerful correspondent, while his predecessor just released a thousand-page memoir. How will Dub-Dub be remembered when his papers are collected?
If more men know what’s under the hood of a car than the hood of a clitoris, surely a revolution is needed. Enthusiast Paul Ford interviews Ian Kerner, sex therapist and author of She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman.
No film set exists without its share of gags and accidents, even the filming of Mel Gibson’s crucifixion epic. A transcript of scenes that may never make it onto the DVD edition.
New York City’s Q Diamond train was retired from service this weekend, and a merry group of mourners held a party for its last ride.
Many were surprised when the U.S. Navy announced it was using dolphins for mine-sweeping in the war with Iraq. Even more were stunned when one of the dolphins went AWOL. Submerged reporter PAUL FORD gets the interview.
Steve Burns, the former host of Nickleodeon’s kids show Blue’s Clues, has embarked on a new career path: musician.
The initiative: The cattle industry wants to promote beef to teenage girls online. The result: “Cool 2B Real.” Our reporter sneaks into the boardroom and tells us how it really happened.
New York has faced the apocalypse many times. Unfortunately, it’s usually Bruce Willis who saves us. A report on the many versions of the five boroughs produced in film, and why Nora Ephron lives alone.
Continuing our series on personal obsessions, Paul Ford tells us about his passion for reference works, the more obscure the subject matter the better.