Friday, April 3


Stranger Still

Kamel Daoud’s celebrated retelling of Albert Camus’s The Stranger came within two votes of winning the Prix Goncourt. It has also made him a target of radical Islamists.

Wednesday, April 1


Scenes with Joan Scheckel

She teaches directors to direct.

Tuesday, March 31


Those Like Us

On Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous Italian novelist.

Monday, March 30


Watching Rocky II with Muhammad Ali

“The regular average layman couldn’t see what I see. And the way they’re painting the trainer is all wrong. Look at him there, screaming, Do this! and Do that! I never had anyone telling me what to do. I did it. Shouting at the fighter like that makes him look like an animal, like a horse to be trained.”

Saturday, March 28


John Madden Hockey

The making of an all-time great video game.

Thursday, March 26


The Ad-Rock Retirement Plan

The former Beastie Boy, 48, tries to figure out what’s next.

Wednesday, March 25


Life Lines

Lonnie Sue Johnson is an artist who can’t retain a memory for longer than a minute or two.

Monday, March 23


The Undiminished Charisma of Sarah Lucas

The British artist, a contemporary of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, has been called “the most unabashedly all-balls-out, rock ‘n’ roll” of her generation.

Thursday, March 19


The Woman Who Froze in Fargo

A woman thought a Coen brothers movie was a “true story” and tracked it to her death. Now someone’s made a fictional film about her, further blurring the lines between reality and artifice.

Wednesday, March 18


Harper Lee’s Forgotten True-Crime Project

Many people hoped that this would be the second book she’d publish.

Tuesday, March 17


Desperately Seeking Susan

Being friends with Susan Sontag was thrilling, but also “shot through in the end with mutual irritation.”

Monday, March 16


Happy Ugly Feet

What’s behind the cyclical fashionability of the monstrously ugly Birkenstock?