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Trump Interrupts

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:51:32 +0000

A supercut of all the moments in the presidential debate when Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton



A Conversation with Ottessa Moshfegh

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:27:22 +0000

(image) I was asked to fly to Los Angeles to interview Ottessa Moshfegh, who, after being shortlisted for the Booker, is currently believed to be the World's Greatest Living Author. But it didn't go exactly as planned.



How to Spot Lines That Reveal Bad Storytelling, Part One

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:02:04 +0000

(image) In a new series on posts that examines bad dialogue, I look into "That's interesting," "I hope I'm not interrupting," and "Start from the beginning. Tell us what happened."



Against Online Community

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:57:49 +0000

(image) Online community is a thin veneer that barely contains the savage id of its otherwise thoughtful participants. What does it actually accomplish?



How to Deal with Slimy Men Who Hit on You While You’re Trying to Listen to Music

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:28:34 +0000

(image) Tired of men approaching you as you have your earphones on? Well, have we got an advice column for you!



Dramatic Reading of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Emails

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:43:54 +0000

(image) A dramatic reenactment of Jonathan Safran Foer's emails.


Media Files:
http://www.edrants.com/_mp3/jsfemails.mp3




Ghostbusters: The Compromise Candidate of Summer Blockbusters

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:00:23 +0000

(image) Like Schrödinger's Cat, the new Ghostbusters remake is neither dead nor alive. But the more important question is whether it needs to be big enough to defeat Hollywood sexism and the backlash of absolutist fans.



Fiction: “To Serve and Protect”

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:17:17 +0000

(image) Two years ago, I wrote a short story about police brutality that proved too controversial for any literary journal to publish. In the wake of recent shootings, I have decided to publish the story here in the hopes that it will help a few readers to come to understanding about our current American nightmare and find a few solutions.



Audio Drama Sunday: ars PARADOXICA, A Conversation with Mischa Stanton

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:38:43 +0000

(image) We talk with Mischa Stanton, the producer of a time travel audio drama involving scientists, secret codes, and the Cold War, about how ars PARADOXICA came into being and what its future is.


Media Files:
http://www.edrants.com/_mp3/segundo552.mp3




David Bowie, Rock and Roll Chameleon Genius

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:15:23 +0000

(image) David Bowie's imprint on musical culture leaves a vast crater, but his life and music showed us how important it was to keep art alive by changing things up.



79 Great and Essential Podcasts I Listen To Regularly (And That You Should Be Listening to Too), Part Three

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:38:38 +0000

(image) This is the third of a three part article listing 79 great and essential podcasts that will replenish your soul and keep you walking this earth with a step in your stride.



79 Great and Essential Podcasts I Listen To Regularly (And That You Should Be Listening to Too), Part Two

Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:52:23 +0000

(image) This is the second of a three part article listing 79 great and essential podcasts that will replenish your soul and keep you walking this earth with a step in your stride.



79 Great and Essential Podcasts I Listen To Regularly (And That You Should Be Listening to Too), Part One

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:20:47 +0000

(image) This is the first of a three part article listing 79 great and essential podcasts that will replenish your soul and keep you walking this earth with a step in your stride.



On Living with an Inner Demon

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:59:03 +0000

(image) I live with an inner demon. But living with a demon doesn't mean that life is hopeless.



On the Rise of Trump, the Failure to Reach the American People, and the Importance of “Great”

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:02:03 +0000

(image) Donald Trump continues to surge in the polls and voice outlandish and reckless statements, but the key to defeating him may involve the use of the word "great."