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'It's Not the Street Art That's Political, It's the City That's Political': Meeting Greece's Graffiti Artists
There is freedom that comes with the chaos of Athens, and that freedom is written all over its walls.
'We Can Only Do Our Poetry Because We Are Also Fighting Back': An Interview with China Miéville
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.
A User's Guide to Shirley Jackson
The author wrote what she knew, but also what she believed, what she feared, and what she was constantly trying to run away from.
Behind the Closed Door: Remembering Edward Albee
Notes on two afternoons with the playwright who gave us Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Zoo Story.
'There Has To Be Less School': An Interview with Nicholson Baker
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.
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
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.”
'If You Don't Have Hope, Then Why Go On?': An Interview with Colson Whitehead
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.
The Great Secret Creator
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.
'What a Wreck the Country Was Back Then': An Interview with Jeffrey Toobin
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.
Those Were the Happiest Times
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.
Reading Bored White Girls
Their suburban lives are free of disturbances, and so they create their own in order to taste some kind of excitement.
'Probably the Only Enemy I Have Left is the Catholic Church': An Interview with John Waters
The director on the full restoration of Multiple Maniacs.
Pushing the 'Ye Button
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.
'He Couldn't Believe I Flew All the Way to Djibouti to Talk About Diarrhea': An Interview With Mary Roach
In her new book, Grunt, Roach points her flashlight to the lengths we’ll go—and have yet to go—to keep people alive.
Great Missenden Plays Itself
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.
'I Feel Like Everything Shouldn't Exist': An Interview with Hannah Black
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.