Drew Toal

Drew Toal appears in the following:

'Searching For John Hughes,' And Finding Yourself

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jason Diamond tried to write a biography of John Hughes, director of classic '80s teen movies, but along the way, the story became more about his search for Hughes than the elusive filmmaker himself.


Each Wave Tells A Story In 'Barbarian Days'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"It wasn't that the waves beggared language. It was more that they scrambled it." Longtime New Yorker staff writer William Finnegan is being modest here, relating one of many spiritually resonant surfing experiences on Fiji's Tavarua Island in 1978. In fact, there is no wave in his memoir Barbarian Days ...


A Cautionary Tale For Aspiring 1-Percenters In 'Young Money'

Thursday, February 20, 2014

In Young Money, Kevin Roose poses many important questions about the lives of newly minted Wall Streeters, but perhaps none more important than this: "What if Wall Street doesn't just attract pre-existing douchebags, but actively draws normal people into an inescapable vortex of douchebaggery?" For Roose, it's not just a ...


How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Senate

Friday, November 22, 2013

On Thursday, the Senate passed a historic rules change. Invoking the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats used a rare parliamentary procedure to limit the power of the filibuster — a key method often used by minority parties to check the majority. Now, a simple majority vote will be required to ...


'At The Bottom' Of A Friendship, How Far Would You Go To Help?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ben Dolnick's previous two books — Zoology (2007) and You Know Who You Are (2011) — have mostly dealt with young people coming of age. In his latest novel, At the Bottom of Everything, the writer's youthful coming-of-age tales start to themselves come of age. As teenagers, the waifish, ascetic ...


Frontier Preachers Thump More Than Bibles In 'Blood Of Heaven'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today, the state of Florida doesn't see much in the way of revolution. The current governor is deeply unpopular, it's true, but the people of the Sunshine State are still pretty far from armed rebellion. This was not always the case. Many years before the West was won and the ...