I love history books, even thick heavily-footnoted academic histories published by university presses, but few books can make the past come alive as vividly as a good historical novel. Here are some of my favorites:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for its class of 2014, and it's a strong and varied group: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Kiss, LL Cool J., The Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A,
Saturday is the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live event. What that means is that many museums that normally charge admission will admit visitors free today, if they download a ticket from the Museum Day website.