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Terror threats, delayed elections, and inept social media assistants: Imagining the fight for Nigeria’s political future.
The author of Leaving Before the Rains Come on how to write fairly about divorce, whether anyone can truly “have it all,” and the perils of “bumper-sticker feminism.”
A day with the nomadic booksellers of Pakistan.
On-deck taverns on the Marine Highway System bring together residents of a solitary state, but not for much longer.
The wreckage of last year’s Ebola outbreak remains, and for the first time in 2015, cases have risen in three African nations. The crisis is far from over, so why don’t we care anymore?
The author of Amnesia on shifting narratives, the early days of the Internet, and the CIA’s nefarious history in Australia.
The Oysters of Locmariaquer, published half a century ago, feels like a precursor to the work of Eula Biss and Leslie Jamison—minus the modern worry over the possible harm of such storytelling.
Our books, movies, and television shows are arguably bleaker than ever. What’s behind the encroaching, thickening darkness?
In Andrew O’Hagan’s The Illuminations, a woman struggles watching her mother enter the early stages of dementia. But can a different reality be a better place to live?
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The Canadian comedy fixture on punk rock, drunk dads, and adapting his life for stage and screen.
In David Shields and Caleb Powell’s I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, a problem involving doors and goats shows what arguments are really about.
Fingerprints ca. 1859
Three mystery authors discuss crime television, the banality of murder, and the surprising niceness of crime writers.
The sibling filmmakers on letting a story grow organically, the challenges of representing depression on screen, and finding variances in a repetitive structure.
In Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, everything happens so much. What about those books where nothing happens, and it’s fine?
In an increasingly fragmented world, the debate around “Je Suis Charlie” reminds us there are reasons to avoid collectivity.
The acclaimed (and playfully salty) filmmaker on the evolution of style, shooting in digital, and the limits and joys of making period pieces.
The choice he had: between a life of boredom in a displaced persons camp or joining the armed struggle. A dispatch from among the Kachin Independence Army of northern Burma.
Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman wanted to write the definitive story of Anonymous. Her new book explains why that was an impossible goal.
Portrait by Julia Dickens
Lorrie Moore as the mother you never had.
The Vanity Fair of today embodies a certain sort of lavishness—an often unironic appreciation of and yearning for rich people things. It wasn’t always this way.

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