The Guiltless Pleasure
An ode to mayonnaise.
An ode to mayonnaise.
“‘Make America Great Again’ means ‘Make America White Again.’ So now you have this other explosion of people who want to feel above something, better than something. And who is that? That’s me.”
A profile of Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali.
What’s a writer to do when the audacity dwindles?
A conversation with Lucinda Chambers shortly after she was fired from British Vogue, where she had been fashion editor for the last 25 years.
Can one of the nation’s great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour?
A profile of the writer.
On race and risk in American culture.
Her creepy, surreal YouTube videos have millions of views, but no one knows Poppy’s full story.
“When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I’m going to try to articulate that to you. And most likely it will go in a roundabout way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful.”
A 16-year-old journalist goes on tour with a band on top. The article that inspired Almost Famous.
A profile of Norman Lear, the producer behind All in the Family and The Jeffersons, who is still making TV at age 94.
Watching the jazz singer in New York.
Steidl, who is sixty-six, is known for fanatical attention to detail, for superlative craftsmanship, and for embracing the best that technology has to offer. "He is so much better than anyone,” William Eggleston, the American color photographer, told me, when I met him recently in New York. Steidl has published Eggleston for a decade; two years ago, he produced an expanded, ten-volume, boxed edition of “The Democratic Forest,” the artist’s monumental 1989 work. Eggleston passed his hand through the air, in a stroking gesture. “Feel the pages of the books,” he said. “The ink is in relief. It is that thick.”
On a comic offering portrayals of secular Muslims that American audiences rarely see.
On the road with the comic after a bitter divorce.
Over the past 15 years, three people have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences.
A profile of the grieving musician, who lost his teenage son 18 months ago.
"I’m not familiar with books on style. My role in the revival of Strunk’s book was a fluke—just something I took on because I was not doing anything else at the time. It cost me a year out of my life, so little did I know about grammar."
Decades after giving up the dream for good, an art critic returns to the work he’d devoted his life to, then abandoned — but never really forgot.
The greatest writers of the nineteenth century were drawn to the North Pole. What did they hope to find there?
Life after the sugar sphinx.
On his twelfth appearance on Letterman, Bill Hicks killed. The network refused to air it.
A profile of book editor Nan Talese.
How Netflix and Amazon upended the movie business.