Ethical Pearls

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.

‘I Don’t Think We Remember it the Same Way’

Ava DuVernay’s Selma is more analytical than the average biopic—a negotiation between complex and intersecting histories, rather than a simple dramatic restaging.

‘I’m Okay, Are You Okay?’: An Interview with Bruce McCulloch

The Canadian comedy fixture on punk rock, drunk dads, and adapting his life for stage and screen.

Frustrate Your Intuitions: On Michael DeForge’s First Year Healthy

In the Ant Colony author’s new book, a woman’s release from a hospital stay precipitates murder, mystery, and the urban stalking of a strange, mythical cat. Well … possibly, anyway.

‘That’s a Fairly Silly Question’: An Interview with Mike Leigh

The acclaimed (and playfully salty) filmmaker on the evolution of style, shooting in digital, and the limits and joys of making period pieces.

Here’s to a More Incredulous Age

The Vanity Fair of today embodies a certain sort of lavishness—an often unironic appreciation of and yearning for rich people things. It wasn’t always this way.

The Recommender: All the Best of 2014

All (well, some of) the books, music, films and TV shows Hazlitt’s staff found and enjoyed this year.

The Year in Catching Up

On clearing out your cultural backlog, one Breaking Bad binge-watch at a time.

2014 Is Not A List

On the insufficiency of numbers, black metal turned aggressively queer and danceable, and finding that certain brand of black cherry lipstick.

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Publishing Pop Daydreams

Anna Todd’s One Direction fanfic-turned-novel After lets readers indulge specific fantasies—not just through the fictionalized versions of celebrities, but through the author’s life as well.