Culture

Animals Strike Curious Poses: On Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon

Released thirty years ago, Prince’s directorial debut seemed calculated to frustrate the fans who bought tickets to Purple Rain weekend after weekend.

The Ethnography of Photography

A photograph is no more a memory or a gun than it is a murder or a moral code: On the work of Matt Bialer and the streets of New York City.

Our Adored Cadavers

From the heartsick graverobbers of early Romantic literature to the latest gritty cable crime drama, the dead woman is never simply mourned and forgotten, but fully objectified and consumed.

House Hunting with Martha Gellhorn

The legendary war correspondent found domesticity and adventure are not easily balanced.

A Quiet Force

Remembering Katherine Dunn.

How Am I Going To Make Fun Of The New Radiohead Album Without Listening To It?

Not knowing what I’m talking about has probably been a hindrance in ways I am blessedly unaware of, but ultimately, my being wildly wrong about anything and everything hurts no one, not even me.

How Do We Live With Our Elders?

Are we in it together if someone refuses the context needed to see this thing changed?

Alone in the Jungle

The art of the story itself hinges on orphans: without them, the novel might never have been conceived.

Low Stakes Forever

Gordon Korman wrote his first bestseller in seventh grade. Eighty-eight books (and counting) later, a movie adaptation revisits the early work of a man whose audience changes every graduation season.

Grab the Mic and Talk Some Shit: The Indelible Phife Dawg

Phife never presented himself as a celebrity. He was always a hard-working, fun-loving guy whose success was never as important as letting us know how dope he was.