The Guiltless Pleasure
An ode to mayonnaise.
An ode to mayonnaise.
After To Kill a Mockingbird, readers didn’t demand more from its author. For fans of the musician behind Channel Orange, it’s a different story.
I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life
Plots: the who, what, and where — but maybe not why — of literature. Plus, the history of plot and literature’s very worst endings.
The medium that ushered in TV’s Golden Age is in a slump.
Oliver Stone wanted a hit—and the chance to put America’s most iconic dissident onscreen. The subject wanted veto power. The Russian lawyer wanted someone to option the novel he’d written. The American lawyer just wanted the whole insane project to go away. Somehow a film got made.
A profile of the piano prodigy.
"Los Angeles is a weird, complicated town for him. It's where all the record labels are, for one thing. And Chancelor Bennett, as he was born, is unsigned. Won't sign. It's maybe the most interesting, improbable music-industry story going right now—a young, obviously gifted rapper, universally hailed as the heir to Kanye and leader of a new generation of Internet-savvy kids who think of Jay Z as a failed tech entrepreneur, now on his fourth year of refusing to sign with a label."
The author on Lolita, his work habits, and what he expected from his literary afterlife.
The rise and fall of Lou Pearlman; blimp impresario, packager of boy bands like Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, molester, fraudster, and ultimately fugitive from justice.
Pearlman died in prison on Friday at 62.
The greatest stand-up of his generation is also his own worst enemy.
On the mountain lions of Los Angeles.
Joanne the Scammer has celebrity fans and a massive YouTube following. Branden Miller barely leaves his Daytona Beach apartment.
The 32-year-old Atlanta rapper released three No. 1 albums in seven months.
Colossal corruption. Political chaos. The worst recession in its history. How a once-booming nation fell.
Centuries later, the Flemish master’s works are still open to interpretation.
Behind the scenes with Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, and a 22-year-old film student named John Singleton.
“You try to learn as much about the people as you can. I try never to give psychohistory. There is no one truth, but there are an awful lot of objective facts. The more facts you get, the more facts you collect, the closer you come to whatever truth there is. The base of biography has to be facts.”
The archive of Mexican architect Luis Barragán has been hidden away for decades. Then an artist decided to make a performance of getting it back.
A conversation about race, Hollywood, and what it’s like to be able to conjure weed out of thin air.
A profile of comedian Leslie Jones, who made Saturday Night Live after 25 years as a road comic.
The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture—and his entire life. Why?
“The main characteristic of Diane was courage.”
“I believe that all the survivors are mad. One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it.”
A fight over 11 Picassos, six van Goghs, five Cezannes, a rare pair of Monet, and more.
A profile of 36-year-old curator Loïc Gouzer, who has made millions for Christie’s.
Seeing Hamilton with Barack Obama.
The story behind Tony Kushner’s examination of AIDS and homosexuality.
A profile of photographer Bill Cunningham.