My grandfather was gone before he died. Even when I dream about him, I can’t bring the real Bob back.
Talking to the editor of Videogames For Humans about why mainstream games are bad at sex, how traditional narrative structures fail women, and the weird thrill of dictatorial power.
In praise of David Letterman, the preeminent establishment-backed comedy revolutionary, on the day of his final show.
A scientific exploration of teenage devastation.
“Creating our funeral slideshows in real time.” On the journal as notebook of the psyche.
Talking to the author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic about Riot Grrrl, how kids change your taste, and getting permission to be a critic.
Fourteen years after his death, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author’s influence can be as much a burden as it is a source of comfort.
The word “terrorism” can draw senseless violence into a larger narrative, but the modern application of the term is inconsistent and dangerous.
The author of The Jaguar’s Children speaks with his long-time editor about his new novel, moving from nonfiction to fiction, and the intimacy of the author-editor relationship.
We talk to the theatre artist and author of Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama about working with non-professional actors, failure, and the terrible persistence of blackface.
Scientists have discovered it may be possible to erase traumatic memories. So, who are you without your pain?
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.