The Loneliest Man in the World

Watching Irrfan Khan over the years

The (Other) French Chef

Julia Child’s collaborator Simone Beck has lingered as an object of pity in public memory. But maybe Beck didn’t want stardom at all.

Rothko at the Inauguration

A story of America in three scams.


An eccentric monk’s singular scrap cathedral reveals the chaos and genius of his mind.

Digitizing Maxi Cohen’s Legacy

What does it take to preserve an independent filmmaker’s oeuvre?

Who Do You Want to Be Tonight, Zola?

A calculated veneer of identity is our most valuable modern resource.

Giving Up the Ghost

Life and death by misadventure.

Molar City

It’s hard to imagine how truly full of dentists Los Algodones is. They are everywhere.

Finding Mr. Q

The search for the man behind the first Canadian hip hop single reveals the inequity in how creative contributions are remembered.

Melancholy Letters

I’ve spent most of my life reading literature that made me laugh. But something has changed.