Getting Made The Scorsese Way
An oral history of Goodfellas.
An oral history of Goodfellas.
Ten years ago, a pair of legendary TV executives decided it was time to change the formula for football broadcasting. One bet on Dennis Miller. The other bankrolled Vince McMahon and the XFL.
The writer (Aaron Sorkin), director (David Fincher), and actors (Jesse Eisenberg & Justin Timberlake) of The Social Network on dramatizing the real story of a 20 year old into “the Citizen Kane of John Hughes movies.”
How a childhood gorilla-hunting safari and a string of sexless marriages led Alice Sheldon to become reclusive sci-fi legend James Tiptree Jr.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, on the eve of the release of The Social Network, believed to be a deeply unflattering portrait of him and the genesis of his company.
Scenes from Madonna’s first major tour and an author struggling to explain the 26-year-old’s massive, surging appeal.
A profile of Jon Stewart, who’s now run The Daily Show for more than a decade.
David Foster Wallace’s struggle to surpass “Infinite Jest.”
An interview with William Gibson on the “dark, dark world of marketing, advertising, and trend forecasting.”
David Chang’s manic quest for a flawless restaurant.
If you walk into New York’s best restaurants without a reservation, what does it take to get a table?
The poet and his love affair with Italian motorbikes (and also lots of women.)
A profile of Kanye West written in the style of an all-access magazine piece - using only quotes and statements that Kanye West has made on Twitter and other web outlets.
Horror-rap’s annual festival draws thousands of clown-makeup wearing Juggalos - devotees of Insane Clown Posse - for a weekend devoted to spraying Faygo soda, rioting, and discussions of the occult.
When Bob Dylan met Allen Ginsberg; a chapter from Sean Wilentz’s forthcoming Bob Dylan in America.
Soap operas, enrollment in multiple graduate programs at once, student films alongside Hollywood blockbusters. Is James Franco’s entire career a piece of performance art?
In the early 1960s, Middle Eastern guys in Brooklyn introduced America to Arabic rock-and-roll.
For nearly a decade, Laura Albert lived a double life as troubled teen turned cult writer J.T. Leroy, writing books, chatting constantly with celebrities, and convincing another woman to appear as J.T. Leroy in public.
A new Egyptian TV channel called 4Shbab—“for youth” in Arabic—aims to get young people interested in Islam through music videos and reality shows.
On the elegance and utility of the rice cooker.
Slumdog Millionaire, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and the arrival of “New India” in the American imagination.
An interview with Greil Marcus on the songs of Van Morrison and why people are afraid of imagined things.
Where does Strawberry-Kiwi Snapple come from? Givaudan is part of a tiny, secretive industry that produces new flavors.
An excerpt from a new biography explores the trio of tragedies that struck Dahl’s family just as his career was taking off.
There is someone whose job it is to try to extract royalty money from anyone who plays music in a place of business. Most people do not react well to this request.