Readings

‘There is a Mercilessness About Talent’: An Interview with David Lipsky

A wide-ranging conversation with the journalist and author about David Foster Wallace, complicated relationships with writers you love, and how the Kardashians are like St. Elsewhere.

The Sound of the End of the World

The new TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, which centers on silenced women, is in a unique position to use aural components to convey the horror of dystopia.

‘I’m Fun If You’re a Dour Weirdo’: An Interview with Scaachi Koul

The author of One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None Of This Will Matter on the challenges of writing, the politics of meanness, and the enduring legacy of the Indi-McSpicy.

When Satyajit Ray Came to Hollywood

East and West: the twin myths cast lasting shadows on the mind of the Apu Trilogy filmmaker. 

Airbrushing Shittown

The new podcast from This American Life has been lauded for telling an empathetic, accurate story about the South. But S-Town is very much a story, and mere accuracy doesn’t make it journalism.

An Incomplete List of My Failures

After writing a novel that explored disordered eating, I needed to confirm the private truth I thought I’d discovered. Then I spoke to someone whose truth was far different from my own.

Lead Me On

Both holy and wholly her own, Amy Grant was the soundtrack to my rebellion. When my church rejected her, what I heard was, “You can’t be a believer and a woman who wants more.” 

‘This Brave New World Has Some of the Worst Aspects of the Old Way of Doing Things’: An Interview with Doree Shafrir

The author of Startup on gender inequality, tech culture and the shifting world of journalism. 

The State of Black Mourning

For the past five centuries being black has meant collectively experiencing grief in ways that the rest of society does not understand and cannot fully comprehend.

‘Trump Has Allowed a Different Public Face to America’s Morality’: An Interview with Eden Collinsworth

Speaking with the author of Behaving Badly about the spread of misinformation and what drone strikes and clever robots have to teach us about the future of ethics.