There is freedom that comes with the chaos of Athens, and that freedom is written all over its walls.
Talking to the author of The Last Days of New Paris about applying a video game sensibility to fiction, redeeming and finding inspiration in the politics of the Surrealists, and when to add demons.
The author wrote what she knew, but also what she believed, what she feared, and what she was constantly trying to run away from.
Notes on two afternoons with the playwright who gave us Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Zoo Story.
Talking with the author of Substitute about an educational system at odds with learning, seduced by technology, and ripe for reform; the vanishing awe of teachers; and the madness that is lunchtime.
Pitch is a feminist-minded mainstream show about the slow, meandering game of baseball. There’s a great deal riding on it, and a great deal working against it.
When you have a hateful demagogue on your talk show, or taunt a man for his father dying on 9/11, or hire Ann Coulter to be a human punchline, you flatten out evil.
“The time of brows feels like it is expanding.”
Talking with the author of The Underground Railroad about knowing when the time is right to write a book, schools skipping over slavery, and why Sonic Youth made his acknowledgments page.
On Ellen Seligman’s editing alchemy.
Nate Parker is Black; in that sense, attacks against him are also attacks against me. How unsettling, then, that defenses of him are attacks against me, too.
The author of American Heiress on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, San Francisco in the ’70s, and why we’re fascinated by decades-old trials.
I’m giving myself a pass to eat what I want—my husband has cancer, after all. I find that it helps to keep a taste in my mouth.
Their suburban lives are free of disturbances, and so they create their own in order to taste some kind of excitement.
The director on the full restoration of Multiple Maniacs.
The archetypical Kanye fan is no longer the person who listened to Dipset but also watched Def Poetry Jam. They have been essentially priced out of fandom.
In her new book, Grunt, Roach points her flashlight to the lengths we’ll go—and have yet to go—to keep people alive.
Exploring the town where Roald Dahl lived for the last thirty-five years of his life, and where some of his most famous writing is subtly but unmistakably set.
Talking to the artist and author of Dark Pool Party about celebrities as archetypal figures, shunning posterity, and whether we finally have the correct conditions for heterosexuality.
How an obnoxious subset of their fan base led me away from the Tragically Hip, and Gord Downie brought me back.

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