Five Questions With Author Mary Pilon About “The Monopolists”


Who knew a simple board game bore such a fascinating history? Journalist Mary Pilon uncovers the story of individual creativity, corporate strategy and legal battles over the game Monopoly in her new book "The Monopolists" (Bloomsbury). Pilon started writing about the history of the game when she and I were cubicle neighbors [...] Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]

Scarlett Johansson Sues French Author Over Novel About Woman Who Looks Like Scarlett Johansson


The novel’s title — La première chose qu’on regard — translates roughly as “The first thing we look at.” In this case, that first thing is that the heroine looks like Scarlett Johansson. In fact, she looks so much like the actress that, when the story’s male lead (who looks like Ryan Gosling) first meets her, he thinks he’s looking at Johansson herself. That bit of description is causing trouble for the popular French author Grégoire Delacourt, who wrote Read more [...]