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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.
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.

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