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Flamboyance and Ruin: On the Mountain Goats’ ‘Beat the Champ’

John Darnielle has always been sensitive to people living in various states of collapse; in hindsight, a Mountain Goats album about wrestlers might have been inevitable.

Blank Space

Our minds have a funny way of re-writing history. What do we do with all we’ve forgotten?

When is Revenge Most Satisfying?

Vengeance is a goal-driven act, sought out to restore a sense of justice to the universe. But what happens when retaliation is targeted at someone other than the original transgressor?

Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1: What’s This Show’s Wig Budget?

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

Odds and Sods: On Rachel Kushner, Roberto Bolaño, and Literary B-Sides

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?

‘You Make Your Own Path Within the Maze’: An Interview with Olivier Assayas

Talking with the filmmaker behind Clouds of Sils Maria about meta-relationships between his movies, unconscious influences, and the beauty of acting.

‘I Only Read It For The Interviews’

Playboy has always relied on a balance between the erotic and the literary, and its long interviews are the most consistent asset for the latter. But what’s that identity worth in 2015?

Insidious Tempter: A History of Iranian Cinema

Despite years of intimidation, censorship, and violence, Iran’s filmmakers continue to rise above the nation’s restrictions on the medium.

Hatred, Haiku, and Hardcore Erotica: Your Guide to the 2015 Baseball Season

Literally every single thing you need to know to prepare yourself for the next 2,430 games.

Why Aren’t My Less Successful Friends Happier For Me?

Are you locked in an endless power struggle? From conflicts and confrontations both institutional and personal, to managing your own privilege without being a dick, Scaach-22 is here to help.