Kelefa Sanneh

7 articles

The Duke of Doubt

A profile of Chris Rock as he makes one last attempt to jump from standup to leading man.


The Eternal Paternal

On Bill Cosby’s complicated family life.



A gospel singer comes out.


Spirit Guide

Reinventing a once-great whisky distillery in Scotland.


The Pretender

A profile of singer-songwriter Will Oldham.

He has settled into character as an uncanny troubadour, singing a sort of transfigured country music, and he has become, in his own subterranean way, a canonical figure. Johnny Cash covered him, Björk has championed him (she invited him to appear on the soundtrack of “Drawing Restraint 9”), and Madonna, he suspects, has quoted him (her song “Let It Will Be” seems to borrow from his “O Let It Be,” though he says, “I’m fully prepared to accept that it’s a coincidence”).


Party Crasher

A profile of Ron Paul.


Where's Earl?

As the hip-hop group Odd Future rose to fame, their sixteen-year-old breakout star Earl Sweatshirt mysteriously disappeared.

(After a stretch at a school in Samoa, he seems to have reappeared yesterday.)