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Mental illness defenses in criminal trials have been controversial since the first acquittal. How does the law define madness?
As interviews, explanatory essays, and other process-focused publishing artifacts become inescapable parts of the literary package, do we have to reckon with novels on terms other than our own?
Talking with the filmmaker behind Clouds of Sils Maria about meta-relationships between his movies, unconscious influences, and the beauty of acting.

The process of grilling is pretty miraculous to me. How can you take a relatively bland vegetable and make it taste amazing without adding to it or taking anything away—just grilling it? Perhaps it’s the kiss of extreme heat that...

Despite years of intimidation, censorship, and violence, Iran’s filmmakers continue to rise above the nation’s restrictions on the medium.
Literally every single thing you need to know to prepare yourself for the next 2,430 games.
How the classic ballet has changed—and been changed by—the history of Russia.
A weeklong trip filled with deep-fried shore meals does funny things to a man’s insides. When you have to clean up the grisly aftermath, all you can do is laugh.
The director and star of Jauja on their strange and dreamlike new film, the importance of props, and the happy accidents of filmmaking.
On Dennis Hopper’s disavowed art-crime failure Backtrack, a film combining the work of Jenny Holzer, Jodie Foster as a glam-rock Patty Hearst, and Bob Dylan in a hardhat.
A person’s right to die means the beginning of some difficult conversations. Here, a doctor on what patients, families, and physicians need to talk about.
A person’s right to die means the beginning of some difficult conversations. Here, a son on what patients, families, and physicians need to talk about.
On Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band and Robert Christgau’s Going Into the City.
With The Buried Giant, the author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day has again conjured the unexpected. Here, a definitive primer on an indefinable writer.
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.

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