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‘Point of View Is What Separates Hacks from Artists’: An Interview with Brian Koppelman
The screenwriter and co-creator of Billionson breaking into the industry, getting married young, and the genius of Garry Shandling.
'What's True is the Cynicism': An Interview with Shawn Micallef
Speaking with the author of Frontier City about how downtown and the suburbs misunderstand each other, how the Fords anticipated Donald Trump, and the hills progressives choose to die on.
Heavens to Betsy
The DeVos family believes “patriotism and politics are inseparable from Christianity.” I grew up in the same church as the education secretary: her flaws run deeper than religion.
“Snag Beach” would make a great name for an Indigenous dating site—swipe right to check attached genealogical records to see if your match is also your cousin.
In Praise of Stupid Song Lyrics
Stupid lyrics are good for you. Bad lyrics are just bad.
'Failing is a Skill of General Utility': An Interview with Sarah Manguso
Speaking with the author of 300 Arguments about crafting an experimental, lyrical form; treating writing as a game; and our shared affinity for Jenny Holzer.
The New Chronic
Medical advances are turning once-fatal illnesses into manageable conditions, but what’s life like for patients whose existences become a liminal space between not-quite-healthy and not-quite-sick?
The Meaning of Allahu Akbar
When I hear the significance of the two words twisted by those too paralyzed with fear to understand their meaning, I think about all they encompass for my family and my friends.
The Rotten, Precious Land
Would you rather burn to death or drown?
The Burden of Fear
The message is, overwhelmingly, that we Muslims are not welcome in the West. Yet, we are here, everywhere, invisible in big cities and small, until someone cuts us down.
The post-election social media barrage has put us in a strange spot: We don’t want to remain silent and complicit, but are we just adding to an exhausting wall of sound?
‘The Primary Emotion I Was Following Was Anger’: An Interview with Alana Massey
Talking with the author and essayist about rewriting female power narratives, telling honest sex work stories, and making peace with Gwyneth
What Makes a Border Be?
It’s been a week of protesting the right to cross borders. But these lines aren’t just geographic, they’re economic and racialized, too.
Eating Our Goodbyes
When a marriage ends, it doesn’t always imply a deficiency. At least, not a personal one.
'I Wanted to Find a Way Out of Realism': Maren Ade on Toni Erdmann
The director of the Oscar-nominated comedy on her interest in role-playing, her love for Andy Kaufman and the fate of a particularly memorable piece of costuming.
Same New Archie Andrews
Making America’s favourite redhead a 21st century man.
'The Goal is to Change the Way You Think': An Interview with Roger Ross Williams
Speaking with the director of the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated about representation in documentary film.
Lifting the Sword: David France on the Legacy of the AIDS Crisis
Speaking with the author of How to Survive a Plague about the early days of the disease, the unpredictable nihilism of the Trump government, and the evolution of lasting gay love.
How a race riot in New York state inspired a generation to reconsider America’s vulnerability to fascism.
In Search of Black Atlantis
In order to find purpose and affirmation, Black artists rethink time and space as we know it to find a place for themselves.