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The Gentle Art of Pretending to Understand What's Going On
Listening to a man you yourself find funny laugh at jokes you don’t get is, in retrospect, a master class in learning to read social cues.
'The Tension Between Artists and Critics is Crucial': An Interview with A.O. Scott
The New York Times film critic on the mistrust of critical vocabulary, making a case for his own abilities, and Ratatouille.
The fine line between a body at war and a body at peace.
Secrets Among Distractions: The Power of Wimmelbooks
The suspended crowds depicted in these “teeming pictures” provide the opportunity to explore overwhelming chaos.
'A Society That Can’t Speak is Like a Body That Doesn’t Feel Pain': An Interview with Anjan Sundaram
Speaking with the author of Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, about violence and repression in Kagame-led Rwanda and the dark side of supposed symbols of progress.
The rapper may be off in another dimension, but he’s a realist. And realism is messy.
The 10,000 Year Clock
Somewhere out in Texas, a group is building a clock to challenge the human perception of time.
'It’s Not Sane to Just Stay in a Little Paradise': An Interview with Anne Émond
Quebec director Anne Émond on tackling suicide, absence, and inherited melancholia in her latest film Les êtres chers.
Saul Bellow's Last Interview
The story behind the last known interview with the author of Herzog, Ravelstein, and The Adventures of Augie March, with exclusive video.
The Worthy Elephant: On Truman Capote's In Cold Blood
For the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s publication, a discussion of craft, veracity and the literary appeal of true crime.
'The Room Shakes With the Weight of My Bitter Laughter': On Homophobia in the Workplace
Two queer journalists discuss bearing the burden of educating their co-workers and dealing with discrimination.
Virginia Woolf's Philosopher of Novelty
Mrs. Dalloway and the promise and problems of empathy.
“You want Enlightenment? Well, here. It’s not exactly what you thought.”
Food & Drink
Of Salty Reviews and Silent Chefs
When New York’s Per Se was devastated by a recent Times review, why weren’t restaurateur Thomas Keller’s peers anywhere to be seen?
'The Intense Erotica of the Propulsion of a Sentence': An Interview with Garth Greenwell
Talking with the author of What Belongs to You about the stimulating power of language, the falseness of authenticity, and how important it is to be an idiot.
The Things You Purge and the Things That Stay: In Conversation with Brett Fletcher Lauer
“I think about the future only in the sense of dying. I don’t even mean it to be bleak—that’s just how I think of it. Anything I write comes out that way.”
The Assemblage of Norman Hasselriis
He walked away from the art world and filled a storefront in upstate New York with his unique sculptures. What happens to them now that he’s gone?
The Long Run
Did I feel high? No, I just felt alive. Alive in the sense of not dead.
A Perfect Companion: On Alan Rickman
He does the job so well you don’t notice he’s doing it better than anyone else could.
'We Can't Necessarily Anticipate How Magneto Might Act': An Interview with Cullen Bunn
Speaking with the comic writer about the history and current state of horror comics, the hot tempers of Aquaman fans, and life as a child hypnotist.