American TV casts may be looking more diverse these days, but their writers are as white and male as ever.
“The last sketchbook he showed me was titled The Best Way to Smoke Crack. (Once, when asked by an interviewer if he had ever smoked crack, Vollmann memorably responded, ‘I guess that I would say that I have.’)” Tom Bissell hangs out with William T. Vollmann in Sacramento.
Now seems like a good time to be nostalgic about the music of last week.
What do Debbie Reynolds and Slate’s advice columnist have in common? This, apparently.
“Slowly but surely, the kale salad will make its way to the TGI Friday’s menu, then McDonald’s, Kraft, and, eventually, as a Doritos flavor.” Over at Vox, David Sax talks to the tastemakers.
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives’ “advocacy chill” audit of PEN Canada may just come back to haunt them.