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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


How the Essay Was Won And Where It Got Us

From Leslie Jamison to Roxane Gay to Charles D’Ambrosio, 2014 was a perhaps uncommonly good year for essays. How did we get here?

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Publishing Pop Daydreams

Anna Todd’s One Direction fanfic-turned-novel After lets readers indulge specific fantasies—not just through the fictionalized versions of celebrities, but through the author’s life as we...

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Artists Don’t Have To Do It All Themselves: An Interview with Sarah Thornton

The author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts discusses whether being an artist means knowing how to do life drawing, art as a financial asset, and the rise of Lena Dunham.

‘One of the Most Ridiculous Things That Has Ever Occurred in the History of the United States’

In this excerpt from Red Heat, Alex von Tunzelmann looks at how the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion changed the balance of power during the Cold War.


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Smartass Entertainment in the Age of Sincerity

David Foster Wallace’s big concerns live on in the interviews of Jaden and Willow Smith.

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‘Art Can Be A Story-Starter’: Eliza Robertson and Lee Henderson in Conversation

The authors discuss the influence of visual art in their writing, working to rap music, and the hypnotic smell of oil paints.

Memorable For the Wrong Reasons: Tom Ewing on Charity Singles

In e-mail conversation with the UK music critic about “We Are the World,” “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and other “classics” of the genre.

It’s Always Sunny and Warm in Windsor

Two men and a pregnant woman are caught in a blizzard during the journey from Toronto to Windsor. An outtake from the acclaimed novel Emancipation Day.

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




Bully Billy drove a Huffy, upped the ante,
ghost rode his bike into Audi car doors.
Five crew cut stepbrothers back from the army
would knuckle punch the family puppy.

That scrapper, his out-of-season t-shirt,
the playground and the flashed Playboy playing
cards. Any new kid was bound to get hurt.
That collective sigh when he moved away.

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Song of the Caged Bird

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.

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Our Pet Queen

How royalty went from almighty overlords to household mongrels — a new perspective on the monarchy. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.


Pagelicker 5.0: Andrew Kaufman

Host Robert Dayton makes a cup of hot cocoa for author Andrew Kaufman as they discuss Kaufman’s latest novel, Born Weird, and the many ways in which families both make you and mess you up.