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My loss of God occurred soon after I got to divinity school. I still can’t decide if that was the least likely of places for it to happen or the only place in the world where it was possible.
Lucky Jim Bond: Inside Kingsley Amis's Quietly Subversive 007
The spy’s relationship with the villain Colonel Sun veered from tradition: absent a manufactured fatal love triangle, Amis examined the toxic, unsatisfying power dynamics between like minds.
Speed Trials: Finishing Video Games As Fast As Possible, For Fun and Profit
Talking to a member of the video game speedrunning community about the appeal of the practice, its status as a sort of performance art, and tensions over encroaching commercialization.
'I Don't Envision an End Like I Don't Envision a Beginning': An Interview with Mercer Mayer
The author of more than 300 children’s books on spending a lifetime with a single character, the process necessary to produce three books a year, and talking to kids about death.
Ring Leaders: Inside the League of Lady Wrestlers
How a Yukon art project became a national phenomenon of sold-out shows, dream selves and subversive sexuality.
A User's Guide to John Irving
When women can’t speak up, a chorus of voices should rise to their aid, though that often seems like too much to hope for. John Irving understands this in a way most male writers don’t or can’t.
Fluttering Into Annihilation: The Forbidden Room and the Un-Canon of Lost Films
Guy Maddin’s new feature imagines “unrealized, half-finished or abandoned films by otherwise successful directors” not as artifacts to pine after but as the accumulated muck of cinematic history.
'I'm Playing for the One Percent Who Do Like it': An Interview with Gregg Turkington
Talking with the actor and comedian also known as Neil Hamburger about keeping a repellent character authentic, the joys of creating intricate meta-comedy, and coping with a room full of boos.
Six Collect Calls With a Prison Inmate About Writing
“I don’t sit around and think, ‘Oh, I wish I was out right now. If I was out right now, I’d be doing this and that.’ That’s just inviting pain into your life.”
'Ghosts are the Fucked-Up Dead': An Interview with David Mitchell
The author of Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks and, most recently, Slade House, on supernatural forces and the ice in his heart.
The Conspiracy Against a Good Night's Sleep
Cosmic horror tends to be synonymous with
Lovecraft, but others, from Thomas Ligotti to Nathan Ballingrud, show the many ways in which tales of a monstrous world can scare the hell out of us.
Dipping Into a Different Reality: An Interview with Rachel B. Glaser
Talking to the author of Paulina
Fran about forging female friendships, the connections you have to your partner’s exes, and writing an appropriate orgasm metaphor.
Seizing the Single Take
While Hollywood increasingly caters to our shrinking attention spans, Victoria, a new German film shot in real time, roots its viewers in the present.
Tickle Me Dead
A mirthful reaction masks an experience that’s much closer to facing your own mortality.
'I Always Think Everyone's Gay, So...': An Interview with Derek McCormack
Talking with the author of The Well-Dressed Wound about the appeal of evil, the sexual proclivities of cereal mascots, and how much fucking there must have been during the Civil War.
Of Hegemonic Hoverboards and the Power of Power-Laces: Living in Back to the Future II's 2015
This month, time catches up to Marty McFly. But instead of worrying about the projections in the film that have come true, we complain about the electronic devices we can’t buy.
Elliott Smith is Sad, Like You
The singer, who died on October 21, 2003, always maintained that he loved making his music, even as his music usually claimed that he didn’t love much at all.
The Book I Read
Book Eight: Harry Mathews's Cigarettes
Who gets to keep the record that everyone is so bored making?
‘You Need to Start Getting Nervous’: An Interview with Margaret Atwood
Margaret visits the Hazlitt Studio to talk about The Heart Goes Last, the prison industrial complex, and the market for furniture you could fuck.
A Primer of Darkness
Dancer Moe Yamamoto’s notebook transcribing his first butoh performance is a document of sustained transition.