Creators, gatekeepers, and the future of the comedy business.A transcript of Oswalt's keynote at last week's Just For Laughs conference.
Wednesday, August 1
On the legal history of LSD in America and a researcher who never gave up on the drug’s promise.
INTERVIEWER: You once said the novel is dead. VIDAL: That was a joke.
Tuesday, July 31
Adam Wheeler lied on his college application. Lawrence Summers facilitated the destruction of the global economy.
Only one of these Harvard men was given jail time.
“Transforming into an Administrative Jekyll for a certain amount of time every day limits the amount of time my Creative Hyde can come up with content to market and sell. Luckily, amphetamines have that problem tackled as well: when you’re using them, you don’t have to sleep… at all.”
The history of the The City of London Corporation, a “prehistoric monster which had mysteriously survived into the modern world.”
When U.S. customs law met abstract art in the form of a bird, “shimmering and soaring toward the ceiling while the lawyers debated whether it was an ‘original sculpture’ or a metal ‘article or ware not specially provided for’ under the 1922 Tariff Act.”
The emotional toll on drone pilots.
Monday, July 30
This isn't an essay or simply a woe-is-we narrative about how hard it is to be a black boy in America. This is a lame attempt at remembering the contours of slow death and life in America for one black American teenager under Central Mississippi skies. I wish I could get my Yoda on right now and surmise all this shit into a clean sociopolitical pull-quote that shows supreme knowledge and absolute emotional transformation, but I don't want to lie.
A survey of sex on a Saturday night in New York City.