15 articles

Interview: Ursula K. Le Guin

“The word craft these days has this sort of funny, twee sound, like some little artisan putting the yeast in his handcrafted bread.”


Gone to Ghana

What it’s like to have your novel filmed by Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski.


Interview: Johnny Depp

“I have a big cock in my living room.”


Interview: Bill Hader

“I did a few days on Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the vibe on the set was very heavy and serious. The only thing I can equate it to is tripping with a bunch of your friends.”


Interview: Richard Linklater

“Does your life have a plot? It has characters. There is a narrative. There’s a lot of story, a lot of character. But plot? Eh, no.”


Interview: Christo

The environmental artist on massive budgets, wrapping the Reichstag, and working alone.


Interview: Philip Glass

“When society becomes unhinged, the arts get really good.”


Tom's Wild Years

Tom Waits interviewed at 38.


Interview: Spike Jonze

“How much money do you make? And do you shave your pubic hair?”


Interview: Paula Cooper

Talking with the influential New York gallerist.


Interview: Sandra Bernhard

BARR: What makes you laugh? BERNHARD: Well, it's really a myriad of things, but usually it's something that's very organic. It's something that happens on the street. BARR: Like fat people falling down? BERNHARD: No, no . . . [laughs] BARR: That really cracks me up. It's terrible.

Interview: Ellsworth Kelly

A conversation with the 88-year-old abstract painter.

PALTROW: Did you design camouflage while in the army?

KELLY: I did posters. I was in what they called the camouflage secret army. This was in 1943. The people at Fort Meade got the idea to make rubber dummies of tanks, which we inflated on the spot and waited for Germans to see through their night photography or spies. We were in Normandy, for example, pretending to be a big, strong armored division which, in fact, was still in England. That way, even though the tanks were only inflated, the Germans would think there were a lot of them there, a lot of guns, a whole big infantry. We just blew them up and put them in a field.