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Introducing The Gray Area

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:57:49 +0000

(image) Introducing The Gray Area, a new audio drama project that will begin airing its first season very soon.

Media Files:

Trump Will Never Be a Normal President

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:19:20 +0000

(image) Do not mistake tone for sanity. Trump will continue to remain a threat to the health of the United States. It is our duty not to normalize him.

Soir Bleu

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:32:11 +0000

(image) A brief essay on swapping a painting

The Lies, Libel, and Deceit of Molly McArdle: Rebuttal to a Hatchet Job, a Personal Reckoning with What I Actually Did, and an Exposé of Literary McCarthyism

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:44:20 +0000

(image) On the evening of September 25, 2014, I did something awful and tried to kill myself the next morning. I lost everything I had. Is this apparent monster worth forgiving? Or is he not so much of a monster? This 50,000 word essay is a personal reckoning with what I did, who I really am, a treatise on public shaming and how we express ourselves and the importance of getting facts right, as well as a thorough rebuttal to the many invented charges against me.

Don’t Let Brexit Happen Here: The Case for Hillary Clinton

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:51:47 +0000

(image) The future of social democracy in a volatile age depends upon stability and commitment.

Audio Drama Sunday: The Grayscale, A Conversation with Andrew Kaberline

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:21:05 +0000

(image) For Audio Drama Sunday, we chat with writer-director Andrew Kaberline about The Grayscale, a production that started out as a Twilight Zone knockoff before finding its voices and winning awards.

Audio Drama Sunday: Wooden Overcoats, A Conversation with David K. Barnes & Felix Trench

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:03:05 +0000

(image) Wooden Overcoats may be one of the best British comedies in years. But you won't find it on the BBC or Netflix and you won't find it in theaters. To celebrate Audio Drama Sunday, we conducted a lengthy chat with head writer David K. Barnes and his nimble co-conspirator Felix Trench to find out how this hilarious and independent production was put together.

Audio Drama Sunday: The Bright Sessions, A Conversation with Lauren Shippen

Sun, 22 May 2016 14:59:30 +0000

(image) To celebrate Audio Drama Sunday, we chat with Lauren Shippen, creator and producer of The Bright Sessions, in a wide-ranging conversation about how Los Angeles traffic can be inspirational, YA, therapy dialogue, genre, the 1985 movie Clue, and neck snapping.

The Power Broker (Modern Library Nonfiction #92)

Wed, 11 May 2016 20:05:01 +0000

(image) Robert Moses was one of the most tyrannical urban planners in American history, keeping a tight political rein over New York City. How did he manage to seize so much power for so long?

If You Were a Good Mother

Sun, 08 May 2016 06:33:27 +0000

(image) While Mother's Day remains a magnificent holiday to celebrate family, some of us are not so lucky. This is an essay for the rest of us.

The Great Urban Legacy of Jane Jacobs

Wed, 04 May 2016 19:02:56 +0000

(image) On her 100th birthday, we celebrate Jane Jacobs's contributions to urban diversity, her fight to save Washington Square Park, and examine how a new biography reveals the early kernels of her thinking.

A Conversation with Thomas Frank

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:50:58 +0000

(image) In his new book, Thomas Frank argues that the Democratic Party is to blame for income inequality and our national ills. In this lengthy Q&A, we flesh out and argue over Frank's thesis, examining the historical trajectory that has led to the present crisis of weak-kneed liberals and "the party of professionals."

In Defense of Susan Sarandon: How the Pro-Hillary Media Distorted a Vital Dialogue

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:35:29 +0000

(image) Susan Sarandon's recent remarks on "revolution" have been distorted by a terrified cadre of pro-Hillary media types that have willfully overlooked important observations about how to rectify a broken system.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Magical Realism

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:43:50 +0000

(image) How a vivacious debut novel from a septuagenarian allowed me to come to terms with a long-standing literary prejudice.