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A User’s Guide to Judy Blume

Or: a letter to my niece, who is five.

Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 8: World’s Creepiest Sleepaway Camp

A weekly conversation between an avid Game of Thrones fan, and someone who has actively avoided it until now.

The Female Gaze of Sally Mann and Kim Kardashian West

In new books, Mann and Kardashian West exploit moments of subjectively felt beauty and power to capture the material world around them—one that is often, by default, represented through a male eye.

How to Fix a Soccer Game

In this excerpt from The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, Declan Hill investigates the intricacies of match-fixing in soccer: how fixes are arranged, how they’re signalled, and how everyone gets paid.

‘He’s Not Really Here’

My grandfather was gone before he died. Even when I dream about him, I can’t bring the real Bob back.

Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 7: This ‘Strong Woman’ Mould Is Crafted By Dicks

A weekly conversation between an avid Game of Thrones fan, and someone who has actively avoided it until now.

‘If You Stop and Look, You Will Literally Die’: An Interview with Merritt Kopas

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.

‘Our Brownness Does Not Belong Here’

How Brown should a Brown person be?

Punk-Rock Comedy in a Late-Night Suit

In praise of David Letterman, the preeminent establishment-backed comedy revolutionary, on the day of his final show.