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We Are Always Defined From a Distance
I wonder if my grandfather knew the helicopters he helped to perfect would one day be used to surveil and oppress black and brown bodies.
'Female Friendship as Survival Strategy': An Interview with Jennifer Reeder
The director of Crystal Lake on short films, the power of props, and how we cope weirder as we get older.
Nathan Hill in Conversation with John Irving
The authors discuss Hill’s debut work, his love of dysfunction, and why you need to think about writing a novel the way you think about keeping a garden.
The Decay We Dedicate to Tomorrow
In the summer, I get skinny.
'At First You Don't Want Death to Mean Anything': An Interview with Kristopher Jansma
The author of Why We Came to the City on losing someone to cancer too young, and how New York reminds everyone they’re not special.
The Art of the Box Score
It’s hard to enjoy baseball if you don’t know what you’re looking for. And the box score teaches you how to do just that
Writing Fan Fiction with Margaret Atwood
Talking with the author about her new prison-set adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Hag-Seed.
'I'm Happy When I’m Inside a Book and I’m Not When I’m Not': An Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer
Talking with the author of Here I Am about different notions of home, the downsides of television development, and whether or not he’ll ever write another book.
'He's Going to Go to His Island to Scream': An Interview with Kevin Barry
Talking with the author of Beatlebone about fictionalizing the life of John Lennon, the hard time Kate Bush gets in the book, and why rock novels are almost always disasters.
Eat Life, Not Matter
My desire to live without violence aligned nicely with my desire to be thin—at least on the outside.
'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.