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Writing What You Know (Or Don’t): On Transparent and Orange is the New Black

Jenji Kohan of Orange is the New Black and Jill Soloway of Transparent both see the value in open, inclusive writers’ rooms—though maybe not for the same reasons.

The Hero We Need

Wonder Woman, the creation of a polymathic polygamist, wasn’t just ahead of her time—as Jill Lepore’s new book The Secret History of Wonder Woman shows, she might have been ahead of ours, too.

The Schadenfreude Economy

Why do we take such delight in the hilarious, satisfying pain of others?

‘The Book is Like a Compost Heap’: An Interview with David Cronenberg

The filmmaker discusses the process of writing his debut novel, great illiterate screenwriters, and finding beauty in our bodies’ grislier corners.

Get Your Tay On: How David Rees’s Aphex Swift Pranks on Pop Phenomenology

The comedian’s Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashup casts the latter as the naïvely self-expressive one and the former as the master technician—and makes you fantasize about Swift’s possible final form.

The Important Thing is That We’re Arguing

Humans will debate just about anything; whether their positions stand up to any sort of external scrutiny is often of secondary concern. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this diagram.

People Have Too Much Confidence

The most overconfident among us may not be willfully delusional: inherent cognitive laziness or built-in defense mechanisms may be to blame. But even accidentally inflated egos can influence others.

Vapor Tales: On Tinashe, and Sounding Atmospheric

Like musicians whose songs you might instinctively call “angular” or “twee,” the singer’s debut album strikes immediately as “atmospheric”—whatever that means.

Out of the Woods and Into the Particle Accelerator

Figuring out the force behind Taylor Swift’s new song, one component part at a time.