Arts and Culture

Rewind

Blogger Mark Manson on embracing our negativity as a means of consciously choosing what we really care about.More

"Eat what makes you happy"

Are we ever good enough, or are we doomed to self-optimization for our entire lives?More

House on the Rock Carousel

Author Neil Gaiman on the magic beyond the House on the Rock's walls.More

Society is Nix

Chris Ware bookmarks "Society Is Nix" by Peter Maresca.More

striped floor

In collaboration with David Lynch, Mark Frost co-created one of the most enduring fictional universes of all time — Twin Peaks. Bookending the series' return to TV in 2017 after 25 years, Frost has written two innovative novels that take a deep dive into the history of the surreal logging town. More

George Saunders

2017 Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders talks about his creative process, his fledgling Buddhist practice, and the enduring fascination with Lincoln and the Civil War.More

La Jolla Tide Pools

Editor and publisher Ann VanderMeer is the co-editor of the sprawling anthologies “The Big Book of Science Fiction” and “The New Weird...More

Fargo season 3

Showrunner Noah Hawley's approach for adapting the series captures the classic film's essence.More

magic in the internet

Despite pining for landline telephones, writer Virginia Heffernan sees magic in the potential of the internet.More

digital and analog, together

Many of us are living two lives – old-school analog and cutting-edge digital. And that’s okay. More

headphones

Why we must take care in eschewing analog imperfection in pursuit of more perfect digital sound.More

recording at the rock show

MP3 formatting compresses audio so that the file becomes 75 to 95 percent smaller. But what are we missing?More

Paul Wendell Jr.

Paul Wendell Jr.—performing as Tall Paul—is trying to re-learn and reclaim his native language.More

refugees

Quan Barry is an award-winning poet and novelist who founded the website ASPHODEL.INFO, which is dedicated to publishing a new poem each week in response to current events.More

Magazines on coffee table

When you hear "poet", what kind of person comes to mind?  Emily Dickinson in her white dress? Robert Frost in the snowy woods, with...More

Chicago skyline

A hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg turned Chicago into an American icon. He called it "The city of broad shoulders" a gritty...More

Glitched woman

Siri Hustvedt on developing voices on new platforms, all while coping with old-fashioned sexism. More

Zoe Quinn

An impromptu guide from one of our guests on how to properly secure your online life.More

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