Yeti’s Billion-Dollar Strategy: No Celebrities, No Pandering

Yeti—the Texas maker of rugged coolers and drinkware—has transcended its outdoorsy roots to become a pop culture juggernaut and an accidental status symbol. When brothers Roy and Ryan Seiders set out to create a superior cooler for their hunting and fishing adventures in 2006, they could not have anticipated that their products would be carried … Read more

Eternity and the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, May 8, 1979. Photo: Anonymous/Associated Press One morning under an ominous sky, my friend Michael texted me a video of the Grateful Dead performing “Looks Like Rain.” He was right as, well, rain. Shortly afterward, the heavens opened and a deluge fell. Sending an unsolicited musical and meteorological warning is … Read more

Fiction: ‘The Hummingbird’ by Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi won Italy’s major book award, the Strega Prize, in 2006 for his powerful novel “Quiet Chaos,” about the existential grappling of a newly widowed father, and he won again in 2020 for “The Hummingbird,” which now appears in English courtesy of translator Elena Pala. Mr. Veronesi is clearly on to something, as far … Read more

‘Seasons of Purgatory’ Review: An Iranian Writer’s Art in Exile

Sometimes we never see the wrongs that blight our lives. Or else we glimpse them once—before the end. In Shahriar Mandanipour’s story “Mummy and Honey,” a viper slips into a house in mourning. It takes up residence, at first “gently coiled around the bitter orange tree.” Grandfather, ruler of the family, has passed. Now Father … Read more

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Encourages Children to Help Others in New Kids’ Book

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s new children’s book, called “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” will be released early next week, telling the story of a neighborhood where people help each other. The book was inspired by Ms. Sotomayor’s “own family’s desire to help others,” according to a publisher’s description of the book, … Read more

‘Dream-Child’ Review: Madness, Poetry and Dinner With the Lambs

For much of his literary life, Charles Lamb was a jack of all trades and a master of none. He wrote poetry like his Romantic contemporaries and good friends Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth though his verse was of a lesser caliber. He produced a sentimental novel that underwhelmed and a farcical play that … Read more

‘Full House’ Creator Jeff Franklin Asks $85 Million for Beverly Hills Estate 

Call it the house that “Full House” built. Jeff Franklin, creator of the television sitcom “Full House,” is putting his Beverly Hills estate, chock-full of outlandish amenities like a shark tank and waterslide, on the market for $85 million. The roughly 21,000-square-foot, Andalusian-style estate, recognizable for its distinctive blue dome, sits on about 3.6 acres … Read more

How ‘Encanto’s’ ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ Became Bigger Than ‘Let It Go’

They may be crooning about the clairvoyant Colombian animated character in Bulgarian, Norwegian, Vietnamese or one of more than 40 other languages. The song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s movie “Encanto,” is known as “Don’t Mention Bruno” in Russian, “Secret Bruno” in Japanese and “Just Not a Word About Bruno” in German. “Bruno” … Read more

Who Will Be ‘Jeopardy!’ Host? Who Cares? The Show Is Having a Great Season

“Jeopardy!” hit disaster last year when its host search turned into a sideshow. There is still no permanent host, but the game show is on a hot streak in its 38th season. A historic series of winning runs this season has produced three super champions with at least 10 victories in a row. Reigning champ … Read more

The Lumineers Song ‘Where We Are’ Is a Story of Survival

Unsettling memories of a near-death car crash, a beat-up piano and a manic voicemail all played roles in the composing of “Where We Are,” a song from the Lumineers’ new album, “Brightside.” The album’s title single—released in September—reached No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative rock and adult alternative airplay charts. Recently, Wesley Schultz, the Lumineers’ co-founder, … Read more