The attraction of lunatic balls seems to have come not only from the fear of violence or unpredictability in asylum-dwellers’s behaviour, but from the existential threat of being forced to ponder the blurry distinction between sanity and insanity.— Linda Besner
The filmmaker discusses the process of writing his debut novel, great illiterate screenwriters, and finding beauty in our bodies’ grislier corners.
Matt Bai’s All the Truth Is Out helps answer a baffling question: why do Americans care so much about the minutiae of their leaders’ lives?
Under the “patriarchal rule” of Afghanistan, three female RCMP officers trained local police in ethical practices. Terry Gould profiles the work of these women in this excerpt from Worth Dying For.
The Arcade with Anshuman Iddamsetty
On the problem of arousal addiction with Beautiful You author, Chuck Palahniuk.
The author of Adult Onset on parenthood, trauma, and geeking out on psychoanalytic theory.
Catastrophe, capitalism, and unlikely optimism in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.
In this ancient Pompeii, sex was marketed unapologetically, with a directness that would shame the most mercenary of modern advertisers. Independent sex workers used graffiti to advise clients of prices and locations, while erotic frescos functioned as non-verbal signage for brothels, luring in passersby.— Alexandra Kimball
Three fake plastic bushes per sill
in the mall promenade.
A poor man’s Platonic ideal,
like the subset that forms in my heart
for the Tyrolean girls of retail.
My omniscience evaporates
outside the subject/object divide.
Not to say you aren’t lab rats
but I believe you believe I believe in free will.
A stint teaching at a writer’s workshop in Ramallah leads the author to examine the Palestinian resistance through the literature that has shaped it. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.
How royalty went from almighty overlords to household mongrels — a new perspective on the monarchy. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.